NELS RADTKE AWARDED EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Sunset Elementary School teacher Nels Radtke received the Educator of the Year award at the West Plains Chamber "Best of the West" Gala on October 26, 2018. Mr. Radtke was nominated by Principal Ty McGregor who wrote "Mr. Radtke is meticulous in his preparation to provide students a PE experience that builds upon their skills while being incredibly enjoyable for them." Congratulations, Mr. Radtke!
CHS TEACHER KYLE LOUGHERY HONORED
Cheney High School's Kyle Loughery received the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association Instructor of the Year Award in May 2018. His Sports Med. Team qualified for Nationals also. What a well-deserved honor.
TRACY SMITH NAMED DISTRICT CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Ms. Tracy Smith was selected as the 2017-18 Classified Employee of the Year, and was honored by the School Board at their March 14 meeting. Her family, friends and coworkers were there to celebrate with her. Tracy has served the District as a Clerical Support Assistant for the past 29 years. One of her nomination letters stated, in part, "Tracy has been an amazing colleague and friend to each of her coworkers. Her assistance has been utilized throughout the entire administration office. She is certainly the epitome of an Education Support Professional." Tracy has now been nominated for the State PSE Education Support Professional of the Year award. Please join us in congratulating Tracy on this well-deserved honor!
CHS TEACHER ALLEN SKOOG IS RECOGNIZED
Agricultural Education teacher Allen Skoog was named the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher for District 5 and the Outstanding Agriscience Teacher for District 5 by his peers and the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators, and honored at their conference in Vancouver. Mr. Skoog was recognized due to his implementation of a strong Agriscience program at Cheney High School. In addition, he will be teaching a class for the National Association of Agricultural Educators at Oregon State University.
CHENEY HIGH SCHOOL'S ADAM SMITH HONORED
Teacher Adam Smith was named the Outstanding Business Educator for 2017-18 by the Western Business Education Association, and honored at their conference in Boise, Idaho. This is one of WBEA's highest awards, and Mr. Smith was VERY deserving of this recognition!
TAMI SKILLINGSTAD IS WASHINGTON STATE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
After a thorough vetting process, including site visits, it was announced by AWMLP that our own Westwood Middle School Assistant Principal Tami Skillingstad has been named the State Assistant Principal of the Year for 2017-18. During the Westwood site visit, students, teachers and classified staff members were interviewed, as well as Principal Erika Burden and Ms. Skillingstad. Using components of the Leadership Framework as the foundation for the questions they asked, AWMLP Executive Committee members selected Tami as the stand-out leader. Our District and our students are extremely fortunate to have such a caring and accomplished leader as Ms. Skillingstad. Congratulations, Tami!
CATHELEEN SCHLOTTER IS NATIONAL SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR
Catheleen Schlotter has been selected as the National School Social Worker of the Year for 2017 by the School Social Worker Association of America (SSWAA). Catheleen was also recognized as the WASSW School Social Worker of the Year in October 2016. The School Social Worker of the Year award is given to an individual who is recognized by their peers, colleagues, and supervisors as making outstanding contributions ranging from direct practice to state and national leadership.
Catheleen is an Assistant Principal at Snowdon Elementary and District Reengagement and Intervention Specialist. She is a former WASSW Board Member as well as an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University. A colleague shared this, “Catheleen strengthens partnerships, brings a whole child view to the table, and advocates for crucial wrap-around services for families. She is well respected among teachers, students, community members, families, and administrators.”
TERRA BOLING IS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Terra Boling of Sunset Elementary School was selected by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce as the “Educator of the Year” at their “Best of the West” ceremony in April 2017. In part, her nomination letter said, "Her classroom always has high expectations but done so in a caring, nurturing way that encourages students to take risks." It is exciting that one of our excellent teachers was once again chosen for this honor. Congratulations, Terra!
JEN POHL IS DISTRICT CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
At the School Board meeting on February 22, 2017 Salnave Elementary School Secretary Jennifer Pohl was honored as the District's Classified Employee of the Year. Included in the letter nominating her for this recognition were words like "She is never too busy to help, even though she has so much on her plate, and goes above and beyond what is asked of her." "One compliment I hear over and over again is the positive feeling of community that people feel as they enter our school. I believe Jen is one of the main reasons ... her positive persona creates a welcoming atmosphere for our school each and every day." Congratulations, Jen - no one could deserve this recognition more!
BOBBY BYRD IS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Cheney High School’s Bobby Byrd was selected by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce as the “Educator of the Year” at their “Best of the West” ceremony in April 2016. This is certainly a well-deserved honor in recognition of his wonderful work with our students!
DENISE TEMPLETON NAMED CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Denise Templeton, special education paraeducator and lunch supervisor at Westwood Middle School, was honored by the School Board at their meeting on February 10 as the District's Classified Employee of the Year. We are fortunate that she has served the students of our district for 37 years. Denise is a model of positivity, and exudes happiness in her daily work with students and staff. She believes in every student and helps them see the best in themselves. Former students frequently return to see her or send letters letting her know how they are doing. She is beloved by Westwood Middle School staff and students alike! Be sure to congratulate Denise at your next opportunity. Press Release
SEAN DOTSON SELECTED FOR CLARK NATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR
Associate Superintendent Sean Dotson recently was notified that he was selected from nearly 90 doctoral students nominated from universities in the U.S. and Canada for this honor. The Clark Seminar, which takes place in Washington, D.C. in April, brings together emerging K-12 educational leadership and scholars with noted researchers for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth. Congratulations, Mr. Dotson!
DUSTIN LUNGO NAMED ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR Congratulations to Windsor Elementary School PE teacher Dustin Lungo. He was named Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE Washington (Society of Health and Physical Educators). We already knew what a phenomenal teacher he was ... but it is wonderful that he has received this well-deserved statewide recognition!
TERESA SCRUPPS IS BEST OF THE WEST PLAINS CHAMBER EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Cheney Middle School teacher Teresa Scrupps was selected by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce as the Best of the West Plains Educator of the Year for 2015. Assistant Principal Nicole Nanny and Principal Mike Stark wrote the letter nominating her. In part, they said, "Teresa really understands how students learn math and not only works to ensure each child's success, but shares her ideas and materials freely with her colleagues. She takes every opportunity to connect with kids and encourage their progress in math and their other classes." Congratulations to Mrs. Scrupps on this extremely prestigious award!
CISSY ST. CLAIR NAMED CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Cissy St. Clair, Head Custodian at Betz Elementary School, was honored by the School Board at their meeting on February 11 as the district's Classified Employee of the Year. No one could be more deserving of this honor. Everyone knows Cissy. If you spend any time at Betz, you will see Cissy engaging in productive work while establishing and maintaining wonderful relationships with students. She is a mentor to some child...ren - providing them with a positive relationship with an adult. Cissy takes interest in the children at Betz, and has even approached teachers to discuss students' classroom performance, and has collaborated with them to provide incentive for the students to do their best work. She gets to know the children and she helps them to thrive in school and in life. What an amazing woman! Be sure to congratulate her on this well-deserved honor! See more details in the Press Release.
WINDSOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER CONNIE JAY HONORED
Windsor Elementary School teacher Connie Jay was honored as "Teacher of the Month" by the "Kids for Moms and Dads" newspaper in their January 2015 issue. Ms. Jay was specifically nominated for this award by one of her students - but we know she has always been a teacher beloved by her students over the years! Congratulations Ms. Jay!
NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER EMILY HAM HONORED
Salnave Elementary School teacher Emily Ham was honored by the School Board at their meeting on January 27, 2016. She recently obtained National Board Certification, and this official designation is the culmination of a tremendous amount of study, time and effort. Ms. Ham joins 40 other district teachers who previously obtained their certification: April Arland, Karen Azzinnaro, Kari Croy, Patty Emerson, Elizebeth Engeberg, Jeannette Ferry, Jen Fisher, Lin Frederick, Jill Gilson, Cynthia Hagan, Tammy Hauer, Heidi Hoblin, Mike Horrocks, Judi Jamison, C.J. Johnson, David Johnson, Jennifer Kerley, Brenda Klohe, Erica Lebens-England, Kyle Loughery, Dustin Lungo, Julie Martin, Rachel Martin, Sara McKennon, Ann Ottmar, Mary Margaret Pratt, Kristi Pring, Shannon Proctor, Karen Runyon, Tammie Schrader, Judy Schroeder, Marty Sexton, Marisa Sheldon, Adam Smith, Vince Songaylo, Jeani Struss, Kathy Walker, Samantha Winchell, and Stephanie Yanuszeski. They worked hard to reach this goal, and our students receive the benefit. Altogether, over 12% of the district's teachers are now National Board Certified - a larger percentage than the average in districts throughout Washington State - and Washington State continues to place near the top of the country in National Board Certified teachers. More information concerning the National Board Certification program can be seen at http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/NationalBoard.aspx
SUNSET PRINCIPAL MATT BEAL HONORED
Elementary school principals in the Northeast Washington region have selected Sunset Elementary Principal Matt Beal as one of 18 regional Distinguished Principals for the 2014-15 school year, and he will be considered for the state’s Distinguished Principal Award. In her nomination, Cheney Middle School Assistant Principal Nicole Nanny said, in part, "Matt is a rare gift to the principalship - a man of integrity, hard work, compassion, and servant leadership. In all decisions, from selecting programming to chasing a runaway kindergartner, Matt demonstrates that, for him, students are always first." Please join us in congratulating Mr. Beal on this well-deserved honor and view the details in the press release.
TEACHER ADAM SMITH IS FBLA ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
Adam Smith was recently selected as the 2014 FBLA Advisor of the Year. His work starting up two middle school FBLA teams and his exceptional leadership abilities were cited as reasons why he was chosen. Adam has been an FBLA advisor for 7 years, and has built his club to amazing numbers. The high school ended up placing 1st in six different events while being called up to the stage 25 times in a recent competition. 24 of his students qualified for nationals. Congratulations, Mr. Smith!
KATHY CONRATH NAMED CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Kathy Conrath, District Student Information Systems Specialist, was honored by the School Board at their meeting on April 16, 2014 as the district's Classified Employee of the Year. No one could be more deserving of this honor. Kathy works tirelessly to ensure that all student data is accurate and, with today’s data reporting requirements, her job has become more and more challenging. One of her nomination letters included the following: "When I think of Kathy, a few key characteristics come to my mind - Quality, Kindness, Hard Work, and Team Work." "Kathy is an extraordinary employee and a friend to staff members throughout the district." Be sure to congratulate her on this well-deserved honor!
BEST OF THE WEST TEACHER OF THE YEAR AMY VIOLETTE
Teacher Amy Violette was surprised in an assembly held at Snowdon Elementary School on February 7, 2014 when it was announced that she was the Cheney Public Schools Best of the West Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala held the evening of Thursday, March 20. We are so happy to have her recognized in this way. It could not be more well-deserved. Congratulations, Amy!
CJ JOHNSON AND MICHELLE WISER HONORED
Two of our exemplary teachers have been named the 2013 East Region Special Olympics Coaches of the Year. What an accomplishment! Congratulations to these special ladies!
ALAN HARMON IS DECEMBER TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Cheney High School teacher Alan Harmon was nominated by Kiannah Hinton for the KHQ/EWU Teacher of the Month. He was surprised with this recognition in a ceremony at the high school. Congratulations, Mr. Harmon!
SHERRY SYRIE IS WAEA 2013 MIDDLE LEVEL ART EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to CMS and WMS art teacher Sherry Syrie! She will be recognized at the Washington Art Education Association annual convention on October 26 as the WAEA 2013 Middle Level Art Educator of the Year. This is one of WAEA's highest honors. Details of this prestigious award
EILEEN AYERSMAN IS MARCH TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Windsor Elementary School teacher Eileen Ayersman was selected as the March KHQ/EWU Teacher of the Month. She was nominated by Brad and Cody Zarecor, and surprised in an assembly at the school on March 12th. Congratulations, Ms. Ayersman!
GARY ALBRECHT HONORED WITH THE PSE CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Congratulations to Gary Albrecht for receiving the PSE classified employee of the year award. Gary's hard work can be seen throughout the district and we our honored to have him here at the Cheney School District!