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The Board of Dretireees awards 5-21-13.jpgirectors recognized the 2013 staff retirees and awarded the Classified Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year Awards at the May 21, 2013 board meeting.  Pictured from left to right are:  Katie Farrey, D. Scott Knight, Robin Bradley, Peggy Davidsmeyer, Jonathan Bletscher, Lindy Phillips, Jeff Epright, and Ginger Pranghofer.

Dr. Linda Littlefield, Executive Director of Human Resources, commended the retirees and shared employment histories and personal stories.  Joy Rusko, Secretary to the Superintendent, introduced the Classified Employees of the Year Award and Teacher of the Year Award.

CLASSIFIED RETIRED EMPLOYEES:

Ginger Pranghofer
began her career at the high school volunteering with the scholarship program in 1990 and was hired as an instructional assistant in 1991.  She has been employed for 22 years finishing her career as the secretary and go-to person in the counseling office. She is the first face students see when they are new to the high school.  She is calm, patient, and thorough when she works with students and their families.

Paula Wickman (unable to attend) worked for 26 years in education as a paraeducator and most recently, a library assistant at the high school. Paula's time and energy has contributed to the sucess of many students throughout her career.

CERTIFICATED RETIRED EMPLOYEES:

Robin Bradley
has been an educator for 38 years; 33 years teaching in the Stanwood-Camano School District.  Robin’s passion for her profession is un-paralleled, always prepared for students to engage in learning and to achieve their personal best.

Peggy Davidsmeyer has been an educator for 37 years; and has been an exemplary teacher at Lincoln Hill High School for the past 10 years.    Ms. Davidsmeyer holds students to high standards and provides the support that students need to overcome barriers that may be hindering their progress.  She has inspired and motivated many students to complete their high school education.

Katie Farrey has taught for 37 years, 29 of those years in Stanwood.  Katie is a strong contributor and has been a leader throughout her career.  She is known for her commitment to kids and their success.  She has been instrumental in organizing and implementing the Afternoon of Art at Utsalady Elementary.

Scott Knight has been a teacher and coach in Washington State for 37 years.  He is a teacher who cares about the success of each child in his program.  He taught 7th grade middle school English and Social Studies and supported the philosophy that middle school is also a place for students to grow socially and emotionally as well as academically.  For the past 18 years Scott taught physical education at the high school level, always striving to do what is best for kids.

Kathleen Robertson (unable to attend) has been a science educator for 34 years. Since 1997 she taught science at Stanwood Middle School and most recently with parents and students at Saratoga School.  Mrs. Robertson models life-long learning and has a strong interest in the ocean. She was one of the first teachers to go down in ALVIN to study the ocean floor in the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  Kathy enriches the lives of those around her and broadens the world for those in her classes.

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

The Stanwood-Camano School District’s Bus Drivers were selected as the Classified Employees of the Year.  Linda Phillips accepted the award on behalf of the bus drivers.  Jeff Epright also attended the recognition ceremonies.


TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Bletscher
, Port Susan Middle School Band and Choir Teacher, received the Teacher of the Year Award.  Jonathan was recognized for his dedication, knowledge and passion for teaching.