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Fraser Shout Outs
Fraser Shout Outs!
Fraser Public Schools has started a new initiative to recognize staff members that go above and beyond for their students, fellow colleagues, and the community. This new initiative is called, “Fraser Shout Out”.
The program will highlight any staff member, from any corner of the district, who goes that extra mile. As a principal or administrator becomes aware of an extra effort by a staff member, he or she will submit that member for a Fraser Shout Out.
Meet the recipients from this year:
Mrs. Julie Demsky brings experience and professionalism to her position when working with our RMS students and families each day in the attendance office. Julie maintains attendance data daily and works to create a pleasant, helpful atmosphere for the staff, students, parents, and visitors. Julie and Allison Hardy make a great team and help our students who arrive after the morning bell get their day started positively.
Submitted by Huston Julian
Shirley is one of our front office clerks at Edison Elementary. She has a very important role here at Edison and is one of the faces of our building-being one of the first people that families, students, and staff members encounter when entering our front office. Among many other tasks that she does daily, she ensures student safety by being very diligent about helping to make sure that all students know about any dismissal changes. She is always calm and polite in her interactions with everyone. Our students (and staff) adore her and we're so fortunate that she's part of our Edison Family!
Submitted by Kristina Wiegand
Emerson would like to express our appreciation for Robin Jenkins, who has been a teacher in Fraser and at Emerson for 17 years. She has taught 6th, 3rd, 1st, Kindergarten during her career and is currently teaching 2nd grade. Robin’s commitment and dedication to Emerson, her colleagues, her students, and families are unmatched. She continually goes above and beyond what is expected as a classroom teacher, reaching out as often as she can to help people when they are in need. Robin is an expert teacher, who is on the forefront of all Fraser initiatives and current trends in education. She is a quiet, natural leader amongst staff who is able to bring stakeholders together to make important decisions in the best interest of students. Robin is not only a highly respected teacher, but she is a also a revered Friend to her co-workers! “She is such a patient and loving teacher. Robin works hard to connect with her students and to unlock their potential. She is a wonderful teacher partner. She is very creative and always willing to think outside the box for the students. She's willing to do whatever it takes to meet their needs whether they are physical, academic, social, or emotional. I couldn't ask for a better teaching partner and friend!” Teaching Partner Jessica Kapanka Thank You, Robin, for all you do for our Emerson family!
Submitted by Sam Argiri
I would like to give a Shout Out to Colvin Morton, also known as Mr. Kirk. Kirk is the daytime custodian at Eisenhower Elementary. He takes pride in his work and our building. He addresses custodial issues in a timely manner and does whatever is needed to keep the building looking its very best. He does all this with a smile too! Kirk also regularly engages students in a positive manner. He can be found greeting students in the morning and often brings a smile to their faces on Wig Wednesday. He has a wide range of apparel to coincide with each holiday, which keeps both our students and staff amused. He helps make Eisenhower a wonderful place and we are thankful he is on our team!
Submitted by Keith Tonn
Helen did an excellent job identifying a young student who was having a medical situation on her bus very quickly. Helen took her training and put it to good use to help the child in need. Helen identified the student was having a medical issue and radioed the proper administrators to get the student the help they needed very quickly before anything serious happened.
Helen is one of our senior drivers and is a great employee. We can always count on Helen when we need something. She does an excellent job and always puts her kids first! Great job Helen!
Submitted by Dan Waters
Jenna is Salk's School Psychologist and Building MTSS Lead. I appreciate the balance, organization, and hard work Jenna puts in ensures that our Salk staff and students are receiving the instruction and resources to help all students be successful. It is very rare that you can find Jenna without a smile on her face. She is willing to help out in many capacities and I appreciate all the effort she puts in to support all Seahawk stakeholders be successful.
Submitted by Kristi Skladanowski
Mrs. Lowe is the Resource Room teacher at Salk Elementary and a member of our School Improvement Team. Mrs. Lowe makes positive relationships with students and works tirelessly to meet her students where they are at and pushes them to continue to grow and see their FULL potential. She shares a positive attitude and presence in our school community and consistently brings a smile to everyone's face. I appreciate her team-first attitude and the level of flexibility and involvement around the building. We are fortunate to have a leader like Mrs. Lowe working with our staff and students. Submitted by Kristi Skladanowski
Jessica processes payroll for our entire district. She works tirelessly to see that payroll is completed accurately and on time. Jessica does whatever it takes to get payroll completed even if she has to work on a holiday or snow day. She never hesitates to answer employee payroll questions and is always very pleasant to our staff. Jessica is a very dedicated and valuable member of the Business Office Team and our District. Submitted by: Laurie Videtta
Melissa is The Dooley Center’s office aide and Toddle Time teacher. She has been part of Fraser Public School for many years at Disney and Dooley. She has been a valued addition to the office staff. She is dedicated to everything she does. She will go above and beyond to make sure that the office is a place where parents, children, and staff feel welcome. She will lend a hand wherever it is needed. Melissa has even given her own time to organize and make the office and lounge area look wonderful. You can always get some inspiring words and a smile from Melissa throughout the day. We appreciate her enthusiasm and “yes we can” attitude. Thank you, Melissa! Submitted by: Katherine Moroney
Kristin is our Title I Coordinator at Mark Twain. In addition to her excellent work supporting students who receive Title I services and organizing and overseeing our academic interventions, her impact at our school reaches far beyond that. Kristin is involved in nearly every committee we have, working tirelessly to support our efforts with PBIS, Restorative Practices, and school improvement. She supports teachers in the classroom and supports students with behavioral needs throughout the day. She is an expert at what she does, and she is always learning and growing in her practice. We look to her for her wisdom, experience, and ability to offer creative solutions. She is a leader in every sense of the word, and I am personally grateful for her perspective and collaboration, which help me to be better each day. Her leadership helps make Twain a special place to learn and work. Submitted by: Laura Woods
Megan has been the speech and language pathologist at Dooley for a number of years and has been a constant with our little learners during that time. She has assisted new special education staff at Dooley and is one of the first people that families see and talk to when requesting services. Her experience is invaluable when sharing those service options with our parents. Megan is also a team player, collaborates with co-workers, and is productive in all facets of her position. We are lucky to have Megan at Dooley and her hard work does not go unnoticed. Submitted by: Denis Metty
Crystal is in charge of Food Service at Edison- getting here bright and early every day to ensure that our students are fed! She is friendly and positive in her interactions with all staff members- which makes her a joy to work with. More importantly, she manages to build strong rapport with our students- remembering their names, striking conversations with them, and servicing them with a smile...everyday! The students clearly adore her and look forward to her little greetings at the front of the lunch line each day! It's pretty evident that Crystal adores our students too! In a role with hundreds of kids passing through her line each day, Crystal has mastered the art of making each kid feel like an individual, which is inspiring to those around her! Thanks, Crystal, for all you do! Submitted by: Kristy Wiegand
Karen has been nominated for the LifeChanger of the year award. Karen Hagerty was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
It is difficult to exaggerate the significant influence Ms. Hagerty has on her school and the surrounding community. Her school and community service is motivated by a strong sense of social activism, which she informs through a nuanced, high-level understanding of the importance of leadership and engagement at all levels of education. She is one of the most caring, driven teachers one could ever work with.
Ms. Hagerty works with a passion not often seen. She leads by example, helping students who struggle and bringing a love of music to all of her students. She achieves this in such a delicate way that many students are inspired to keep playing the piano, either by taking her class several times or continuing with private lessons on their own. Ms. Hagerty also works with the musical theater students, as well as the middle school band and choir. Additionally, she plays for the district's honor elementary choir, so her inspiration is far-reaching. "Karen believes passionately in social progress and working for the common good. She is a talented, intelligent musician with charisma, confidence, strong values, and respect for others to make a huge difference in the world around her," said her nominator. "It has been my privilege to call her a colleague and friend for many years." Submitted by Ryan Sines
Jean is an indispensable part of our Comets team. She is thoughtful, selfless, and takes care of everyone around her. Whether she is helping others to troubleshoot technology issues or assisting us in organizing various events or activities in the media center, she always has the best attitude and a servant's heart. She never thinks twice about jumping in to help whenever she sees a need. Jean is always pleasant and encouraging others, and we are all so thankful to have her here. She is committed to supporting our teachers as they support students, and she is such a valued member of our team. We truly appreciate all she does for our Mark Twain community each day! Submitted Laura Woods
Bruce Shock is the outstanding custodian at the Dooley Center. He takes pride in making sure the Dooley Center looks it’s best. Bruce is always right on top of everything that we ask him to do. He doesn’t hesitate to step in and help out wherever he is needed. He works hard and is knowledgeable and cleaver. He will happily repurpose and fix things to make them useful again. The children love Mr. Bruce. When he is outside cleaning up the playground, children love to follow him around and talk to him. He is kind and welcoming to staff, children and parents. We can always call on Bruce and know that he will be there for us when you need him. He is Dooley’s Batman! Submitted by Katherine Moroney
I would like to give a Shout Out to Kelly Zombo. Kelly is a 21st Century teacher and coach at Eisenhower Elementary. Kelly meets with staff regularly to support them in regards to our LMS, Universal Design for Learning, or any concern regarding the implementation of technology. Being new to Fraser last year, I relied on my weekly meetings with Kelly to become familiar with many of the current systems in place. Much like our staff, I still enjoy these meetings and walk away with a little more knowledgeable each week. Kelly also helps oversee many extracurricular activities at Ike. She co-chairs the Broadcasting and Coding Club with peers. She also oversees our SHOUT Club (Students Helping Other Use Technology) and assists with planning our Cardboard Arcade each year. Kelly will do whatever she can to support our students and staff. She helps all of us SOAR! Submitted by Keith Tonn
Bob Balch is a Support Technician with the District Technology team. Bob supports Promethean Panels, MacBooks, document cameras, sound systems, wifi, ActivInspire, and virtually every digital technology that we use. In addition, Bob also helps visiting Districts, State & MISD staff, vendors and speakers who need help using our classroom and other presentation technology.
THANK YOU, Bob! Your help is sincerely appreciated! As a side note, Bob is also a well-known, local musician who performs at dozens of venues throughout the year. During the holidays Bob plays music throughout Fraser elementary schools. Bob—THANK YOU for all that you do! Submitted by Troy Lindner
Brent provided an opportunity for over 300 Freshman to experience MI Career Quest. Brent continues to provide career and technical experiences for our students.
Brent is an asset to Fraser Public Schools and his knowledge and expertise in CTE are greatly appreciated. Submitted by Ryan Sines
Anne has been the key to the success of the new testing center in the Media Center during SMART period. I continue to hear positive feedback from staff about the testing center and Ann's work to make it a success. Submitted by Jason Ohrt
I would like to give a Shout Out to Amy Laidlaw. Amy is a 2nd-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary. She greets students warmly each morning with handshakes, high fives or hugs. She regularly hosts restorative circles and has embraced UDL principles into her classroom.
Even before UDL training, Amy was at the forefront of the movement incorporating flexible furniture into her classroom while looking for ways to increase executive function skills. She did so because she thought it was best for kids!
Amy also helps oversee many extra-curricular activities at Ike. She co-chairs Science Olympiad and Coding Club with peers. She also oversees our Destination Imagination Program leading to our teams competing in regional, state, and national competitions for the last two consecutive years. I am thrilled that she is part of our staff. She helps all of us SOAR! Submitted by Keith Tonn
Teresa is our Media Specialist at Edison Elementary. But she's so much more than that! Despite having an abundance of duties in maintaining the media center, she is also the go-to person for every person in the building when challenges arise with our technology.
She can often be seen speed walking from one end of the building to the other, all while students and staff try to keep up with her, for help troubleshooting new challenges.
Teresa has an open mind and is always interested and excited to continuously improve our school. She is kind, reliable, flexible and patient. She is as approachable as they come and is always willing to lend a hand! We're so lucky to have Teresa at Edison! Submitted by Kristina Wiegand
Jenn Makowski is new to our district this year as the social worker at Richards Middle School. Jenn has acclimated herself to the staff and students at Richards, is hard-working, has begun to build positive relationships with staff and students, and has been a consummate team player.
Jennifer is very deserving of this award for the time and effort she has put into making the transition to Richards a smooth one. She is an asset to the Special Education Department and to the staff and students she works with on a daily basis. Submitted by Denis Metty
Amy helps every student and staff member at Mark Twain. She serves in several roles throughout the building, both paid and volunteer and she is here from open to close most days.
She is the first to volunteer to jump in when help is needed, and we all count on her to think of things and notice needs in the building that others haven't even thought of yet. Whether she is organizing fundraisers to help support our PBIS program or staying late after MTPC events to help clean up after a super-long workday, she gives selflessly every day. She takes care of our Comets, supports our staff, and helps to make Mark Twain a more fun, nurturing, and successful place for everyone. Submitted by Laura Woods
Mrs. Sorrow is our 21st Century teacher and an integral part of the Salk Community. Not only does she work hard to support students becoming strong digital citizens, but she also supports our staff building-wide with curriculum tech support and expanding their knowledge of district-wide professional development and UDL practices.
Mrs. Sorrow is the driving force behind our Salk Broadcast club where she provides student's ownership for creativity and sharing information to our school community. She is always working to meet the needs and capture the interest of all of our Seahawks. She consistently thinks outside the box to provide innovation and choice.
Mrs. Sorrow also is a member of our PBIS FISH committee and aids in our monthly PBIS student lunch where we capture the "Why" of being a Seahawk and review our monthly character trait. Her calm, helpful demeanor is a positive presence, which allows staff and students to feel safe and expand their learning. I appreciate Mrs. Sorrow for all she brings to the 21st-century role and our Salk Staff. Submitted by Kristina Skladanowski
Rosa does a fabulous job consistently supporting our Career & Technical Education Team! So far this fall, Rosa has directly arranged over 500 work-based learning opportunities for Ramblers & supported teachers in delivering dozens of additional industry engagements. Rosa brightens our days & does a tremendous job working with students to connect them with instructors & programs that will help them find their professional purpose. We are extremely blessed to have Rosa serving our Fraser Family! Submitted by Brent Brasure
Venessa is the Latchkey Lead at Edison Elementary! Her calm and welcoming demeanor provides our families with incredible peace of mind when they utilize childcare services that extend beyond school hours. Not only does she go above and beyond to provide the best childcare experience possible to all of our students and families, but she also is so passionate about her beautification efforts in our building. She is so creative and has great ideas that promote positive school culture and puts in endless hours to bring those great ideas to fruition! We're so lucky to have her here at Edison! Submitted by Kristina Wiegand
As the School Social Worker at Edison Elementary, Jill so graciously carries so many of the burdens that impact our students on a daily basis. She goes above and beyond helping to problem-solve with staff, students, and families.
She is the epitome of professionalism and has a genuine sense of compassion for all students that she works with. Students easily connect with her because they KNOW that she cares.
Edison is undoubtedly a safer, happier place because of Jill! Submitted by Kristina Wiegand
Marisa is a dedicated, passionate educator. Both in her own classroom with her resource room students and outside her classroom as she helps others throughout Twain, she is committed to making sure every student gets what they need - academically, behaviorally, and emotionally.
She serves on several committees and gives her own time to help make every aspect of Mark Twain the best it can be. She offers support to her colleagues and sees every Twain Comet's success as her responsibility.
We are so fortunate to have her on our team! Submitted by Laura Woods
Julie Twardy serves as a Title I Coordinator at Eisenhower Elementary. She is our SWIS lead and assists in coordinating much of the support for our students in need. She recently helped design new reward certificates and tickets to align with our SOAR theme.
She serves as a Teacher-in-Charge and as a member of our School Improvement Team. In addition to supporting students directly, Mrs. Twardy also volunteers to mentor new staff members. As a new principal to Eisenhower last year, Mrs. Twardy was a huge support. I am thrilled that she is part of our staff.
She helps all of us SOAR daily! Submitted by Keith Tonn
Sarah and Sally Rattee
Sarah and Sally Rattee are an integral part of the Salk community. They play various roles in the district such as Salk interventionists, serve as the district's Multi-Site Latchkey Directors, and support classrooms as guest teachers.
This dynamic duo is hardworking, detail-oriented, and go way above and beyond in whatever role they serve for our students and staff. Sarah and Sally build strong relationships and find various ways to engage our students from creative crafts and projects in latchkey- to explicit instruction and games during intervention time to help students grow.
You can also find their artistic touches around the school. Our Blue Ribbon Board and various hallway displays are just two examples. They never hesitate to lend a hand to ANYONE in need. I appreciate the energy and work ethic they bring every day. We are very fortunate to have them at Salk and would be lost without their never-ending support and presence. Submitted by Kristi Skladanowski
Linda is receiving a shout out for her efforts as our technical support assistant at Richards Middle School. Within the first month of the school year, there is not one area of our building that Linda has not supported to ensure that our students and staff are able to meet our learning targets and technology needs. Linda is always positive and willing to assist promptly. Submitted by Huston Julian
Lisa is trying new ways to assess learning and create performance tasks to allow students to demonstrate their learning in multiple ways.
The student artifacts that were created during this lesson were outstanding; they showed ownership of learning and pride in their work! Submitted by: Jason Ohrt
Mrs. Chinoski has done a great job as our SE department head; ensuring that the learning needs of our students and resources have been shared with our staff members in starting the school year. Submitted by Huston Julian
On top of Jean's consulting duties in the district, she has also taken on the role of running our CCRR classroom at Richards. This position is a long time coming at the middle school, as it is an extension of our two resource room programs at the elementary level, as well as a bridge to our work being done at the high school.
Jean still keeps her district ASD consulting duties, working closely with Bridget Murawski (Behavior Consultant), and has already made immediate dividends at Richards. She is a valuable support resource for teachers and students and her knowledge base will assist staff in working with all students on a daily basis. Submitted by Denis Metty
Jennifer Kelley serves as Eisenhower’s Title I Coordinator. As our MTSS Lead, Jennifer coordinates much of the support for our students in need.
She also works closely with teaching staff daily to ensure students are successful in the classroom. She greets students daily with a smile and a high-five because “That’s her thing!”
She also serves as Teacher-in-Charge and as a member of our School Improvement Team. As a new principal to Eisenhower last year, Mrs. Kelley was a huge support as I learned new systems.
In short, Eisenhower is a better place because she is there. She helps all of us SOAR on a regular basis! Submitted by Keith Tonn