Shutdown didn’t stop celebrating staffers The Chandler Arizonan

Shutdown didn’t stop celebrating staffers

Shutdown didn’t stop celebrating staffers
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Arizonan News Staff

The abrupt closure of schools in March may have muted it a bit, but Kyrene Superintendent Dr. Jan Vesely still found a way to honor teachers and other staff for achievements rang from overall performance to helping student growth in state standardized tests.

In all, 25 teachers in its Ahwatukee schools, 15 at its Chandler campuses and 13 in Tempe were celebrated

Each quarter, Vesely slates a program she calls “Kyrene Values Teachers, Staff and Students,” based partly on nominations from their colleagues.

Typically, the superintendent delivers the awards in person, popping into classrooms and offices to surprise staff with the celebration.

With schools closed last spring, those in-person visits were not possible, but Vesely still managed to surprise employees. She joined virtual staff meetings at each school to present honorees with the awards.

Ahwatukee-based Barefoot Pools sponsored the Kyrene Values initiative again last year, providing gift cards for each fourth-quarter honoree.

The gift cards this round were for home delivery meal service.

“I am so grateful to Barefoot Pools owners Jose and Randi Garcia for supporting this important initiative,” said Vesely. “Our community partnerships are a key piece of our success, as we strive to meet the goals of Kyrene’s Strategic Plan 2022, which include a commitment to High Quality Talent and an Inclusive Culture.”

Teachers were nominated based on demonstrated success in areas of academics, advocacy and leadership. Staff were nominated for consistent interactions that promote a supportive environment throughout the school.

Chandler campus honorees were Jacob Selden and Al Hamilton, Aprende; Jason Rethman and Sharon Wilp, Brisas; Michele Richards and Laura Dorsey, Cielo; Carolyn Bonamo and Mikki Ryan Harweger, Kyrene Traditional Academy; Kathi Crosby and Cathy Hamel, Mirada; Jenny Beutner and Guillermo Rubio, Paloma; and Haleigh Gettings and Jen Fish,Pueblo.

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