2021-2022 CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR (from left to right)Greg McCarty, Hayden Meadows, Custodian
" From opening doors, tying little ones' shoes, cleaning up undesirable messes, snowblowing the walkways, giving life advice while throwing in a quote that makes everything seem better."Bob Harvey, Maintenance Department, Custodial Foreman
"Our facilities are always in top shape because of his insistence on quality"Jim Stroh, Bryan Elementary, Custodian"Often doubles as a lunch duty, helps with dishes in the kitchen, plays games with kids to occupy their time before they go to recess. Awesome and amazing!"Jane Atwood, District Office, Receptionist
"During an incident where dozens of people filled the foyer, she politely asked that they leave and allow us to secure our entry. When they refused, she continued to be calm and professional, an outstanding employee."The four Classified Employees of the Year each received a $250 cash giftcard from Les Schwab/Hayden.
Thank you, Les Schwab!They also received a $25 giftcard from STCU.Thank you, STCU!
Each month, classified employees in our district are nominated for their outstanding dedication to their job and for going the extra mile in service to our district. Any district staff member can make a nomination.
One winner is selected from each building/school each month and the winners are displayed in the gallery below.
At the end of the year from all those nominated, four classified employees will be chosen as classified employees of the year.
2021-2022 Classified Employees of the Month Nominations Gallery
2021-2022 Classified Employees of the Month Nominations by Month
MAY NOMINATIONSJim Stroh, Bryan Elementary, Custodian"Often doubles as a lunch duty, helps with dishes in the kitchen, plays games with kids to occupy their time before they go to recess. Awesome and amazing!"Michelle Demotte-Reitman, Dalton Elementary, Special Education Assistant"Makes the world go around here at Dalton. Her professional knowledge and experience are exemplary. She is most well defined as a quiet, joyful servant-minded friend and colleague whose empathy and compassion knows no bounds."Helen Hanna, Hayden Meadows Elementary, Office Manager"Extremely efficient in managing day-to-day challenges in the office and school wide, works so hard to keep our building/behind the scenes running smoothly, organized and works hard for her team."Robert Loweree, Skyway Elementary, IBI Parapro"Students love him and ask to have him in class, I appreciate how flexible he is to work with, he is fun and positive, I wish he could be in my room more."Cathy Compton, Canfield Middle School, Special Education Assistant"A true asset to our entire school district. I have seen her take on extra duties outside the classroom such as coaching track and field. Despite any personal tragedy, she gives 100% and worries that it is still not enough. She has a positive attitude and is a great team player - always willing to help out."Emily Castle, Lakes Middle School, Behavior Support Assistant"Is such a positive person to be around, always greeting all students and staff with a smile, constantly makes everyone around her laugh and brightens their day. She's very creative and crafty. She is always making and bringing things to students and staff showing her appreciation for what they do! She comes up with really great ideas to make Lakes a more inviting place for everyone."Pam Waller, Woodland Middle School, Nutrition Services"Her laugh is contagious and she is a wonderful lady to work with. She cares for everyone who walks into her area. She is giving and concerned for all. Has managed our kitchen for years with many changes and under an overwhelming population of students. She is a listener, an organizer, has attention to detail and a miracle worker with providing for all of us at WMS. Not that all our Lunch Queens don't work hard and aren't wonderful - I just think she is extra special and gives her heart to a job that can be thankless."Chuck Keisel, Coeur d'Alene High School, Campus Safety Officer"An exemplary Viking, the person you can "Go-To" for anything. His dedication to the students and staff is unlike anyone's - he provides a sense of safety while still having a smile on his face."Autumn Hawley, Venture High School, Custodian"Keeps our school, sometimes even our grounds, helps with set-up for any event big or small. She goes even further by decorating the common areas for holidays, loves to dress up for Halloween and spirit days, and is a big hit with the kids."Chris Mollgaard, Maintenance, Grounds Worker"Diligence, professionalism, dedication, and excellence in groundskeeping."Ellen Bojanac, Transportation, Bus Driver"Is such an amazing team player with a work ethic that is worth striving for, is an amazing driver and is so patient with everyone's routes and kids. She is also 1 of 4 bus drivers that has a perfect attendance for the year!"Amy Kerns, District Office, Secretary"She has been a friendly face and voice to the public, staff, and vendors each and every day. She smiles and tries to assist with the most positive attitude and friendliness, even with the most difficult people. She has been able to keep up with the rigorous pace of her department even though she is new to her position."
APRIL NOMINATIONSJim Stroh, Bryan Elementary, Custodian
"Our school looks very well-kept all the time, he is never too busy for a hug or a quick game, always has something funny and witty to say."Greg McCarty, Hayden Meadows, Custodian
" From opening doors, tying little ones shoes, cleaning up undesirable messes, snowblowing the walkways, giving life advice while throwing in a quote that makes everything seem better."
"Stays calm and positive, her attitude has a great impact on the students, she's willing to help in any way."Shannon Dodd, Canfield Middle School, Classroom Assistant
"She builds relationships with students by being friendly and humorous, but is also firm and consistent with misbehaviors."
Gary Williams, Lakes Middle School, Custodian
"Gary has worked tirelessly without a single complaint. Gary is such a kind and hardworking individual and his work ethic is strong. He exemplifies what all employees should strive to be."Kelly Murray, Coeur d'Alene High School, Building Secretary
"Is extremely efficient at keeping track of all student attendance, always responds very quickly, and is lovely and kind to kids and staff."Gayle Mangis, Venture High School, Title 1 Assistant
"Gayle designed a system to track student attendance by class. She talks to each student, emails home, and schedules time for them to make up their absences. Additionally, Gayle organizes our school-wide testing, her efforts are making a difference for all of our students."TobyJoe McCasland, CDA Early Learning Center
Behavior Support Assistant, "Toby is one of the most helpful, kind hearted, selfless and hard working people I have ever worked with! He has a passion for his students and always has their best interests at heart."Jake Nelke, District Office, Lead Technician
"Jake has been an invaluable part of the technology department, he oversees 5 technicians and manages to help anyone that needs help."Alden Poetker, Transportation, Bus Driver
"Took 2nd Graders from Fernan to Mobius in Spokane, there was a bunch of construction and he navigated many tight spaces with patience and "unbelievable" skill."
MARCH NOMINATIONSStephanie Jorgensen, Bryan, Special Education Assistant
"Stephanie is our Sensory Sensi, a pioneer in teaching"Rachel Desjarlais, Dalton, Classroom Assistant
"Writes speeches for the class to be an example to the students"Leslie McKay, Hayden Meadows, Library Manager
"Has taken on the role of testing facilitator with kindness, grace, and especially humor"Joanna Ross, Skyway, Classroom Assistant
"Is proactive in her work, helps with special projects and other activities that make the library more accessible and user-friendly"Katherine Cline, Lakes, Isolation Room Assistant
"Has put together programs for students and staff, gets local vendors to donate food so every classroom can have snacks for those students that need it"Matt Pederson, Woodland, Custodian
"Has stepped up and gone to great lengths to help the team with a positive can-do attitude"Lisa Knudtsen, CHS, Building Secretary
"Tasked with filling teacher absences on days we don't have enough subs, performing multiple and complex operations with poise and grace"John Rockett III, Transportation, Bus Driver
"Does every small task without asking for anything in return, works hard and deserves recognition"Emily Russell, CDA ELC, Special Education Assistant
"So wonderful with the kids and does an excellent job with challenging behaviors, always has a smile on her face, always positive, such an asset."Jane Atwood, District Office, Receptionist
"During an incident where dozens of people filled the foyer, she politely asked that they leave and allow us to secure our entry. When they refused, she continued to be calm and professional, an outstanding employee."
FEBRUARY NOMINATIONSDebra Albrecht, Dalton Elementary, Office Manager
"Queen of positivity, sprinkles a little sunshine wherever she goes"Janet Smidt, Fernan Elementary, Title 1 Parapro
"Steady, loyal, reliable, and a key contributor to the success of our program and to our students"Stacy Janson, Hayden Meadows, Classroom Assistant
"Has earned respect from all of her students, works tirelessly to meet the needs of each child"Erin Gleim, Skyway Elementary, IBI Therapist Parapro
"Makes connections with kiddos who need that attention the most, has the patience of a saint, handles school-wide initiatives for Autism Awareness each March"Nathalie Turner, Canfield Middle, Special Education Assistant
"Gives 120% of her effort to make sure students can be successful and feel valued"Ann Carver, Lakes Middle, Office Manager
"A wealth of knowledge, one of the most devoted, caring, patient, and efficient people I have ever met, meets interruption with grace and a smile"Ernie Lemmon, Woodland Middle, IBI Therapist Parapro
"Calm and positive, came back with a smile after a difficult incident"Carolyn Emerick, Coeur d'Alene High, Library Assistant
"Remains calm no matter the chaos, handles a myriad of challenges with grace, never loses her smile and sense of humor"Sunny Graham, Lake City High, Head Custodian
"Is the glue that keeps our school together and puts in more effort than all of us combined"Marita Durk, Venture High, Title 1 Parapro
" The epitome of a team player, committed to helping others, is an inspiration"TobyJoe McCasland, CDA ELC, Behavior Support Assistant
"A consummate professional and cares deeply about students"Bob Harvey, Maintenance Department, Custodial Foreman
"Our facilities are always in top shape because of his insistence on quality"Lori Edelblute, Transportation Department, Office Manager
"Always greets everyone with a wink and a smile, reliable, impressive, and a ray of sunshine"Sandy Mikita, District Office, Payroll Specialist
"Amazing attitude, always has a smile, never hesitates to stop her work to answer a question or help with a task, because of her, we get paid"
Tamara Sines-Kermelis, Dalton Elementary, Classroom Assistant
"Consistent care and devotion to Dalton students...advocates for education and funding"
Amber Wanamaker, Hayden Meadows, Special Education Assistant
"Kind, caring, calm, an example and a mentor"
Stacie McPhee, Canfield, Special Education Assistant
"Hard-working, genuine, staff and students know she cares about them"
Carl Hosking, Lakes Middle School, Facilities Manager
"Always goes above and beyond and has a positive attitude"
Matt Tenneson, CHS, Facilities Manager
"Hard-working, takes pride in his job, positive attitude"
Jennifer Woodall, LCHS, Secretary
"Care and dedication to staff and students cannot be matched"
Caryn Zimmerman, VHS, Secretary
"Keeps school running, is an inspiration"
Olivia Bryan, Transportation, Bus Driver
"Positive attitude, willingness, friendliness"
Previous Classified Employees of the Month
Previous Winners By Year:
2018-19 School Year
FEBRUARY: Daryl Wilson, Playground Assistant - Skyway Elementary
JANUARY: Mandy Hall, Special Education Paraprofessional - Northwest Expedition Academy
DECEMBER: Nicole Olson, Curricula & Assessments Assistant - District Office
NOVEMBER: Holly Irwin, Title 1 Assistant - Fernan STEM Academy
OCTOBER: Carlos Gonzalez, Special Ed Parapro - Canfield Middle School
SEPTEMBER: Susan Behm, Classroom Assistant - Winton Elementary
2017-18 School Year
MAY: Tarah Tanner, Principal's Secretary - Lake City High School
APRIL: Ken Rosebrooks, Isolation Assistant - Canfield Middle School
MARCH: Lisa Rakes, Librarian - Sorensen Magnet School
FEBRUARY: Robin Richardson, Classroom Assistant - Canfield Middle School
JANUARY: Jake Nelke, Computer Technician - District Tech Department
DECEMBER: Rob Mick, Head Warehouse Worker - Nutrition Services
NOVEMBER: Victoria Michael, Communications Assistant - District Office
OCTOBER: Cathy Rider, Paraprofessional - Northwest Expedition Academy
SEPTEMBER: Cheryl Ratcliff, Title 1 Assistant - Fernan STEM Academy