Employee Recognition Recipients

Image of Way To Go RibbonEMPLOYEE RECOGNITION RECIPIENTS

Shown below are certificated and classified staff who have been recognized by staff, administration, and board members as Certificated and Classified Employees of the Month. Employees can be nominated by students, staff, parents, and community members. Heritage Bank sponsors our recognition program, in partnership with Stanwood and Camano Island area businesses. Award selection is based upon the employee's  dedication, knowledge and passion for working in the Stanwood-Camano School District, and on the admiration and respect of colleagues, students, parents and the community. Monthly award recipients are considered for the Classified and Certificated Employee of the Year Award. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS!

If there is district employee you would like to nominate for outstanding service, please click HERE.

October 2021
Picture of Matt BrennanCongratulations to Stanwood HS teacher Matt Brennan! Matt was surprised during the virtual SHS staff meeting this morning with his selection as certificated employee of the month for October. School Board members Natalie Hagglund and Al Schreiber and Superintendent Dr. Deborah Rumbaugh were present to honor Matt, who received two heartwarming nominations.

"Matt holds character in high regard in his efforts for students to become better human beings," one nomination read in part.

"Mr. Brennan is an awesome community leader and role model for our youth" wrote the other nominator.

If you would like to nominate a certificated or classified employee for this recognition, please visit this link: https://www.stanwood.wednet.edu/news/nominate_a_staff_member

Thank you to our community partners Heritage Bank and Copper House for sponsoring this recognition.

 

2020-2021 CERTIFICATED AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR:

Diane WoodDon VennettiDiane Wood (left) Teacher, Utsalady Elementary, and Don Vennetti (right), Director of Food Services, were recognized at the May 18, 2021 School Board Meeting as the district's 2020-2021 Employees of the Year. Heritage Bank, in partnership with community businesses, sponsors our staff recognition program. Diane and Don were selected from the 2020-21 monthly award winners. Congratulations, Diane and Don, and thank you for all you do for our students, families and community!

MARCH 2021

Photo of Brandi SmithPhoto of Rhea LinkBrandi Smith (left) Teacher, Stanwood Elementary, and Rhea Link (right), Paraeducator, Elger Bay Elementary.




FEBRUARY 2021

Photo of Colleen KnutzenPhoto of Sherri WebbColleen Knutzen (left) Teacher, Twin City Elementary, and Sherri Webb (right), Paraeducator, Elger Bay Elementary.





JANUARY 2021

Picture of Diane WoodPicture of Natalie BurkhamDiane Wood (left) Teacher, Utsalady Elementary, and Natalie Burkham (right) Paraeducator, Stanwood High School.





DECEMBER 2020

Photo of Julie ZurcherJulie Zurcher (Certificated), Teacher, Port Susan Middle School.






NOVEMBER 2020


Photo of Nick ClackPhoto of Annie HoukRichard (Nick) Clack (left), Teacher Lincoln Hill High School, and Annie Houk (right), Secretary, Stanwood Elementary. 





OCTOBER 2020

Picture of Cherae AlmanzaPicture of Barbara MazzioCherae Almanza (left) Principal, Port Susan Middle School, and Barbara Mazzio, School Bus Driver, Transportation.




SEPTEMBER 2020


Photo of Monica McDanielPhoto of Don VennettiMonica McDaniel (left), Saratoga School Lead Teacher, and Don Vennetti (right), Food Services Director.






2019-20 CERTIFICATED AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR


Photo of Brian WallisPhoto of Rick HoukBrian Wallis (left) and Rick Houk (right) were honored as Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively, for the 2019-20 School Year.  The Board of Directors formally recognized Brian and Rick at their June 16, 2020 regular board meeting. 

Brian Wallis, Stanwood High School Culinary Arts Instructor, was nominated by his colleagues for Teacher of the Year for "being an outstanding educator...a positive influence on every student he comes in contact with...and holding students to high standards in class while teaching them life lessons and giving them every possible opportunity to be successful."

Rick Houk, Stanwood Elementary Lead Custodian, was nominated by building staff for his "incredible work ethic, willingness to help in any situation, reliability; and, for doing his job with the caring attention to the people that he serves." Staff also shared that Rick "understands that it takes a village and that we are all responsible for the care of the students that walk our halls every day."

Congratulations to Brian and Rick! Thank you for all you do to support the students, families and staff of the Stanwood-Camano School District.


2019-20 EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

FEBRUARY 2020
PHOTO OF RICK HOUKPicture of Joyce Zeigen





Joyce Zeigen (right), Teacher of the Month, teaches at Twin City Elementary, and was nominated by her colleagues. Rick Houk (left), February Classified Employee of the Month, and custodian at Stanwood Elementary, was nominated by the Stanwood Elementary school staff.  Congratulations, Rick and Joyce!

JANUARY 2020

Photo of Geri PraterPhoto of Ginna Randall



 

Geri Prater (left), January Teach of the Month, teaches at Stanwood High School and was nominated by the high school counselors.  Ginna Randall (right), January  Classified Employee of the Month, is a para-educator at Utsalady Elementary School and was nominated by her colleagues, Deborah Simoneschi and Riitta Dunning.  Congratulations!

NOVEMBER 2019

PICTURE OF CHELSEA HANSONPicture of Kristi Cook




Chelsea Hanson (left), November Teach of the Month, teaches at Port Susan Middle School and was nominated by students in her classroom.  Kristi Cook (right), November Classified Employee of the Month, is a para-educator at Utsalady Elementary School and nominated by a colleague.  Congratulations!

OCTOBER 2019

Picture of Brian WallisPicture of Lulu Gaylen



 

Brian Wallis (left) October Teacher of the Month, teaches the Culinary Arts Program at Stanwood High School and was nominated by his colleagues.  Marilou (Lulu) Gaylen (right), Classified Employee of the Month for October, is a para-educator at Stanwood Elementary School and was nominated by a colleague.  Congratulations!

SEPTEMBER 

Photo of Nate ChristensenPicture of Payroll and Personnel Staff







Nathan Christensen (left), September Teacher of the Month, teaches at Lincoln Hill High School/Lincoln Academy and was nominated by a parent.  Payroll-Personnel Staff (from left to right, Roxanne Forslund, Jana Shaughnessy, Kaylie Amundson, Sandy Kintner, and Rita Kellerman), Classified Employees of the Month for September, were nominated by Maurene Stanton, Executive Director of Human Resources.  Congratulations to all!


2018-19 School Year:

TEACHER AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR


Photo of Carrie MillerPhoto of Carrie MillerCarrie Miller (left) and Carrie James (right) were honored as Classified Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year for 2018-19.  The Board of Directors formally recognized both employees at their May 21, 2019, regular board meeting.  

Carrie Miller, Technology Support Specialist, was honored as Classified Employee of the Yearfor her work ethic, understanding of the role of technology in support of student learning, her great attitude, and bridging the gap between technology and learning in a supportive, helpful way. 

As Teacher of the Year, Carrie James, Stanwood High School, was honored as a dedicated professional who propels her students to excellence, inspires the minds and character of her students through her spirit and positivity, and has proven herself to be a valuable and integral part of her school and community 

Congratulations to Carrie Miller and Carrie James!  Thank you for all you do in support of students, staff, and community!

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The employee award programs are sponsored by our local businesses:  Heritage Bank, Dos Reales Restaurant, and Stanwood Cinemas.  


The Board of Directors created the employee awards program to publicly recognize our certificated teachers and classified staff for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our students and community.  Each month nominations are collected, reviewed by a committee, and the one that best defines the award is selected and recognized at a Board of Directors meeting.  At the end of the school year, a Teacher and Classified Employee of the Year is recognized.  This award is an accumulation of the monthly awards reviewed by a committee.  An employee is selected based on their dedication, knowledge, and passion for their profession, inspires students and colleagues, and has gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.  
Thank you to our sponsors who support the staff recognition program - Heritage Bank, Dos Reales Restaurant, and Stanwood Cinemas!