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Hamilton High Five Past Recipients

HH5LogoHere are previous Hamilton High Five recipients nominated by colleagues, parents and students.

To view nominations from April 2020 click here.

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To view nominations from March 2021 click here.

To view nominations from April 2021 click here.

To view nominations from May 2021 click here.

To view nominations from Sept. & Oct. 2021 click here.

Janet Enters, Hamilton High School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker:

I want to acknowledge the hard work that Janet does everyday. Her job is not an easy one due to all the interruptions she receives everyday via phone, walk ins, office questions, etc. She stays on top of it all & is still willing to help out others if needed.

Michelle Mattheis, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by co-workers:

Michelle is the most caring person I know. She goes over and beyond for students here at TMS. She has taken the responsibility for doing activities during advisement with a few of our students. Michelle, you ROCK!!

Thank you for taking (personal) time to come in and work on making the “Resource Room” more student-centered with interactive bulletin boards, sensory activities, and creating spaces for kids to learn and grow. It looks fantastic!

Nanette Kern, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by co-workers:

Nanette is one of the most caring people I know. She goes way over and beyond to connect with students. Nanette knows the best way to calm one of our students down and then get her to do some work!! Don’t know what we would do without you.

Thank you for taking (personal) time to come in and work on making the “Resource Room” more student-centered with interactive bulletin boards, sensory activities, and creating spaces for kids to learn and grow. It looks fantastic!

Maddie Fech, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by co-workers:

Maddie has great knowledge of our students and gives great ideas on things. She is a great help in and out of the classroom. Thanks for joining our team!!

Madi is a wonderful, kind, thoughtful, and compassionate person who has brought so much to our students and department.

Ariane Fischer, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Ariane has been a great help with one of our students for math and gym. She works well with our students and helps with students during advisement. Thanks Ariane!!

Stacey Benson, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Stacey has a very caring heart. She is a great listener and is there for all students, not just the ones she works with. Thanks Stacey for all you do!!

Annette Busalacchi, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Annette does a nice job connecting with our 8th graders and getting them to do what they need to complete. Thanks for being a part of the team!!

Cindy Dow, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Cindy is always there to pitch in when help is needed. Besides doing pc care for a student, she helps support other 7th and 8th graders. She is one that we can all count on!! Thanks Cindy! You are awesome!!

Cathy Drago, Hamilton School District supervisor of instructional services, was nominated by a co-worker:

Cathy is a great listener and creative problem solver. I appreciate her leadership and her drive for continuous improvement in the best interest of students at Hamilton.

Lauren Picado, Templeton Middle School grade 7 teacher, was nominated by co-workers:

Mrs. Picado has been very welcoming. While helping in her class she has been a shining example of patience and kindness. She communicates very well and knows how to be a great coworker. I enjoy working with her.

Lauren consistently reflects on our student learning and always supports their needs so they can be successful. Thank you for being so reflective with our students’ needs!

Andrea Diedrick, Willow Springs Learning Center custodial staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Andrea takes great care of our school building and is always willing to help with whatever anyone asks of her. Her positive attitude and work ethic are observed daily!

Melanie Vonachen, Willow Springs Learning Center special education teacher, was nominated by co-workers:

Melanie has exceptional abilities in figuring out how to help all children experience success while at school. She is a wonderful behavior resource as well!

Melanie always works so hard to figure out creative solutions to help ME help students! She works tirelessly everyday for All our kiddos!

J.T. Johrendt, Hamilton School District technology support specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

As our building technology support specialist, J.T. attends to many computer issues throughout the day. He is always positive and efficient, often attending to repair tickets immediately after they are entered. He was also instrumental in rolling out replacement computers to all 700+ TMS students. J.T.’s quiet, “behind the scenes” work is so important to our school community.

Scott Singer, Hamilton School District technology support specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

As our building technology support specialist, Scott attends to many computer issues throughout the day. Scott is very talented and knowledgeable, and can solve any technology problem. His quiet, “behind the scenes” work is so important to our school community. Thanks, Scott!

Chuck DuFrane, Silver Spring Intermediate School grade 6 math and science teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Chuck’s calm and thoughtful disposition helps guide students and colleagues to reach their best and remain positive. He continually and gently guides students to be persistent as he leads them towards content mastery. He is dependable and can be counted on to step up and quietly take the lead and get things done. His positivity and compassion are a cornerstone that shine through his daily actions.

Dawn Haren, Silver Spring Intermediate School grade 6 humanities teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Dawn is a compassionate teacher who helps her students critically think and see the world in an exciting new way as she challenges them. She tirelessly works to hone her craft as she revises her instruction for clarity and purpose as a result of her responsive teaching. She is dependable as she helps colleagues and substitutes with lessons and materials. Her innovative ideas help guide teachers to new possibilities. Her heart is at the center of teaching!

Marquea Goike, Silver Spring Intermediate School grade 6 math and science teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Marquea is a dynamo as she steps in to solve IT issues and helps brainstorm new ways to work smarter with technology. Her enthusiasm, humor and warm smile make everyone’s day better. She leverages her innovative ideas to assist students and teachers. She is amazing!

Tammy Ferrell, Templeton Middle School bookkeeper and supervision paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Tammy is SO helpful! She is always willing to go the extra mile to answer questions, solve issues and help in any way she can.

Kathey Lemley, Templeton Middle School administrative assistant, was nominated by co-workers:

Kathey is always so helpful and never makes any of us feel inadequate when asking the simplest questions.

Kathey runs the show. She is the rock we all depend on. Thank you Kathey for all you do. You are appreciated more than you know.

Kathey is extremely helpful and flexible!

Jay Bergemann, Templeton Middle School art teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

He let my daughter use his home bathroom during Trick-or-Treating, and it was her favorite part of the night.

Shannon Becker, Templeton Middle School grade 7 teacher, was nominated by co-workers:

Shannon has been very knowledgeable and helpful in coaching me with a SLO development and technology implementation.

All of her hard work in the pilot program, and for her willingness to share awesome, new resources!

Shannon has been extremely welcoming to me as a teammate in 7 White. She is always sure to include everyone in all conversations and respects everyone’s opinion. She has a wonderful relationships with students and sincerely cares about them. Plus, she gave me a ride to work when my car broke down. Thanks Shannon!

Shannon has been my *SHINING STAR* this year with everything related to the ELA Pilot. I’ve loved collaborating with her and seeing the resources that she has from her and her ‘friends’!

Heather Condon, Silver Spring Intermediate School special education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Heather is a source of great information and knowledge. She is able to come up with creative ways to make things work for ALL students. We are blessed to have her at Silver Spring!

Kelly Zellner, Silver Spring Intermediate School grade 5 humanities teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kelly is always will to help out a teammate or student in any situation. She truly listens to your questions/problems and comes up with solutions that work.

Amy Wilde, Templeton Middle School grade 8 teacher, was nominated by co-workers:

For being an awesome addition to math intervention this year!

Amy has some wonderful questions and helps me grow as a professional.

Anna Guerard, Templeton Middle School grade 8 teacher, was nominated by co-workers:

For being a positive and upbeat addition to the team!

I appreciate Anna’s ideas and willingness to share and collaborate. Thanks so much, Anna!

Tim Cunningham, Templeton Middle School grade 7 teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

I appreciate how Tim keeps our house positive and keeps us laughing every day.

Addie Starrett, Templeton Middle School grade 7 reading specialist, was nominated by co-workers:

Because she is always willing to help even if she has too much to do herself.

Addie has been co-teaching in my science classroom with me. She has jumped right into the lesson and has connected with many students. I appreciate her willingness to collaborate and share her expertise in writing.

Brad Hoffmann, Templeton Middle School principal, was nominated by co-workers:

Thank you for providing the site leadership team the opportunity to learn and grow together.

Brad is a supportive, constructive, effective and productive administrator. He also has compassion for all members of the staff and prioritizes our social emotional wellness. Thank you for being our incredible leader!

Amy Baranowski, Templeton Middle School grade 8 teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Amy is doing some great hands-on experiments with her class and I was glad be a part of it!

Hope Onysio, Templeton Middle School grade 8 teacher, was nominated by co-workers:

Hope has been great to collaborate with and it has been awesome to see her students grow as learners and delve deeper into the standards.

Always willing to help and shares good ideas. He is always positive.

Beccah Derks, Templeton Middle School grade 8 teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

She always is willing to share, and create things for me!

Tim Kruschel, Templeton Middle School grade 7 teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Always willing to help and shares good ideas. He is always positive.

Sarah Pichler, Templeton Middle School special education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

I appreciate how Sarah keeps the needs of her students at the forefront and makes data-informed recommendations.

Alan Schneider, Templeton Middle School grade 7 teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Alan has been great about being willing to share resources and supplies for lessons. I really appreciate his support in making lessons engaging and fun for students.

Niki O’Connor, Templeton Middle School secondary instructional coach, was nominated by a co-worker:

Niki positivity is contagious! Has a great open mind attitude.

Becki Ribar, Templeton Middle School psychologist, was nominated by co-workers:

Thank you for being a knowledgeable resource, sounding board, and fantastic listener. It is a great day to be a Bulldog with you!

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to go through my presentation with me. I sincerely appreciate it.

Jessica Hoffa, Maple Avenue Elementary School kindergarten teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Jessica has implemented proactive and positive strategies in her classroom to support a struggling little learner. He is learning and growing because of her.

Lindsey Schaefer, Maple Avenue Elementary School counselor, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you for partnering with me to get the Panorama done and helping our school create next steps. We are so lucky to have you at Maple.

Julie Taylor, Lannon Elementary School counselor, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you for partnering with me to knock out Panorama. I look forward to my Tuesday’s when we catch up one another on our students. I am so thankful for you!

Jack McCaigue, Hamilton School District technology support specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

He is a miracle worker when it comes to brainstorming/solving a problem with my printer in Pubs.

Lauren Ullmann, Templeton Middle School fitness education teacher, was nominated by a parent:

Ms. Ullmann is a great, positive influence on our students. She is warm and caring, and in return students love her class.

Nathan Klafke, Silver Spring Intermediate School custodial foreman, was nominated by a co-worker:

Nate is such a great addition to our staff! He is friendly and always willing to help. We appreciate you, Nate!

Michelle Prei, Silver Spring Intermediate School math support, was nominated by a co-worker:

Michelle is a wonderful leader in our building. She is a great listener and always is willing to work through the details and support needed for changes and complex systems. We are so grateful to have Michelle on our team here at SSI!

Christina Garley, Silver Spring Intermediate School grade 5 math and science teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Christina is an incredible teacher and colleague. She engages students in the classroom and balances high expectations with warm support. Christina is a supportive colleague and is willing to ask questions and have courageous conversations on behalf of students. I’m so grateful to have Christina on our team at SSI!

Debbi Curtis, Lannon Elementary School custodial staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Debbi has been so kind to me, saying “hi” and asking me about student projects. It may seem small, but it has made a big difference to me. I feel like I have a friend nearby when I am working after school. Thank you Debbi!

Jeni Koppelman, Templeton Middle School grade 7 teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Jeni has been the most welcoming teammate, ever. I love the fact that our classrooms are next to one another. We help each other and I regularly look to her for advice. I cannot wait for the years to come working with my wonderful colleagues in 7 White.

Lori Konshak, Willow Springs Learning Center kindergarten teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Lori has worked so tirelessly for her students this year. She deserves a thank you! SO, THANK YOU!
Marianne Selkey, Hamilton High School custodial-maintenance staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Marianne has gone above and beyond helping out! She asks how she can help and jumps in when needed. She has been a great addition in helping out our department.

Betsy Molinski, Lannon Elementary School health room and clerical paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Betsy is amazing! She always steps up and helps the Lannon office. She is great with the kids and runs the health room wonderfully.

Karen Ullrick, Lannon Elementary School special services and clerical paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

I appreciate everything Karen does to help in the Lannon office and health room. She is always so kind towards all the students and staff.

Melissa Harbort, Lannon Elementary School media center paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Melissa is so helpful at the end of the day dismissal at Lannon. She is always willing to assist with making sure students are where they need to be and never complains. Thank you Melissa for all you do!

Phyllis Frittitta, Lannon Elementary School clerical and instructional supervision paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Phyllis runs a well oiled machine at the end of the day with busing. She makes sure all the students stay safe and get on the correct bus. I am always amazed with everything she does and handles at Lannon!

Julie Rossi, Templeton Middle School custodial-maintenance staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Julie stopped what she was doing and helped Trenette and I set up the LGA for an activity. It was so thoughtful!

Kathey Lemley, Templeton Middle School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kathey is always there to help us in any way needed. I appreciate her so much!

Ann Kraemer, Templeton Middle School media center paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Ann helped me with a huge project. I appreciated her help so much! She is always friendly and willing to help out when needed.

Amy Chavie, Lannon Elementary School speech pathologist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Amy is such a caring person. She always checks in with me and asks how my day is or if there is anything that she can help with especially at the end of the day with our shortage of buses. I appreciate her thoughtfulness for all staff and students.

Brian Balfany, Lannon Elementary School principal, was nominated by a co-worker:

Brian continues to amaze me everyday! Lannon staff and students have a great leader. Thank you for all of your support that you give to me and our school family!

Marianne Baker, Lannon Elementary School fourth grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Marianne has stepped up this week to provide extra support towards the 4th grade team and students! Thank you for all you do!

Amanda Rittich, Lannon Elementary School fourth grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Amanda has stepped up to help the 4th grade team and students this week! Thank you for all you are doing this week to support.

Lanell Becker, Hamilton High School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker:

Lanell is always willing to help out wherever needed when we are extremely busy or short staffed. She is a great team player and supportive of co-workers. She is willing to take on extra tasks when needed and looks to see where she can be of help to others.

Kaitlin Schumaker, Hamilton High School communication arts and reading specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kaitlin continues to put over 100% effort in all she does, whether it is with her students or her co-workers. She continues to help me grow as a professional.

Susie Bruns, Hamilton High School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker:

Susie is an incredible asset to Hamilton High School. She goes above and beyond and is always willing to help out a student or colleague. Her care for students is evident in everything that she does. I’m so grateful to have her on the HHS Team.

Karl Siehs, Maple Avenue Elementary School custodial-maintenance staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Karl does an outstanding job cleaning and maintaining our rooms. He checks in to see if there are things we need and is responsive when there are things that need to get done. He always shares his positive energy with the people in our building. He is very respectful and courteous. Thank you for being a positive member of our Maple Team!

Kim Pierce, Willow Springs Learning Center instructional and supervision paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kim has been a fantastic addition to our Willow paraprofessional team. In just the short time she has been with us she has jumped right in and been a tremendous support to staff and most importantly, our students. I am so grateful for her kind heart and tremendous initiative!

Michelle Mattheis, Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

At lunchtime, I observed a student of hers put his head against her shoulder. You could see the compassion that she gives (and receives) from the whole group of students she works with. She is so patient & kind with all of her students. We are lucky to have her!

Lisa Strauss, Templeton Middle School fitness education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you so much for subbing for my class. Consistency is so important in a classroom so I appreciate it so very much!

Patty Sankey, Silver Spring Intermediate School reading specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Patty is always a great resource to bounce ideas off of. I appreciate collaborating with her!

Christina Garley, Silver Spring Intermediate School fifth grade math and science teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you, Christina for partnering with special education staff in order to design and teach meaningful, rigorous content to all students. Your passion for reaching all students is clear in everything you do. You create a classroom culture where each student is valued, cared for and appreciated for who they are. It is an honor to work alongside you and learn from you.

Katie Gartman, Woodside Elementary School fourth grade teacher, was nominated by a parent:

Mrs. Gartman has a gift for creating a classroom culture where my daughter is thriving. She comes home daily and shares about how much she loves school and what she learning. Audrey expressed that she feels that she belongs, is valued and that Mrs. Gartman appreciates her for her individual strengths. She is having a great start to 4th grade!

Mary Caucutt, Templeton Middle School seventh grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

For always making curriculum that meets individual student needs and sharing your ideas with the science team.