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Core Values Award Nominations

'Shout Out' a Colleague for Demonstrating the I am CPS Core Values 

Are there coworkers you know who exemplify the "I am CPS" core values at work? Give them a "Shout Out" and nominate them for an I am CPS award. 

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Check out who your CPS colleagues have "shouted out" ...

2021–22

Latreece Edmonson, Administrative Assistant, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Edmonson cares about all of the students and staff at our school. She goes above and beyond her duties to help everyone out."

—Shouted out by Kathie Klodell, ELA Teacher, Rees E. Price

Emily Holbrock, Guidance Counselor, Dater High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Emily is a wonderful advocate for our students. She holds them to high standards, but also values them and listens to them. She is wonderful about collaborating with school staff to make sure everyone is aware when a student is having a rough day or needs support. Emily constantly thinks about ways that we can improve service to students and staff at Dater."

—Shouted out by Christina Yearout, School Psychologist, Dater High School

Emily Hutchinson, Teacher, Rising Stars on Vine — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Mrs. Hutchinson consistently reaches out to colleagues not just for assistance when needed but also to provide advice to those who need it. She is great with all her students and was able to have a full classroom fully prepared last minute to take on another teacher's class when a life event prevented them from attending this first semester. All this while also continuing her own education through college courses."

—Shouted out by Timothy Cisco, Paraprofessional, Rising Stars on Vine

Amy Heimkreiter, Reading Specialist, Woodford Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Amy has managed to create documents for ALL reading specialist making out jobs easier with all that we have to turn in and do. As a new reading specialist, she has fielded questions, offered links, shared forms and been active in training classes, providing me a wonderful mentor and amazing amount of support. She is knowledgeable and will share anything with anyone if she thinks it will help them be better able to serve students. She wants all of us to succeed as reading specialists and is so kind, even when you call/email in the middle of the day and know that she has her own caseload. She has cared about our students and the reading specialists, she has collaborated with others to provide materials and documents, she is committed to all of us being successful and she continuously tries to help us improve by offering insights during trainings and assisting with the new Acadience Online roll out. Thank you so much, Amy!"

—Shouted out by Robin Thierauf, K–1 Reading Specialist, Dater Montessori

Don Lakes, Business Teacher, Withrow High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"Don is part of an innovative program to bring University of Cincinnati Business classes to students at Withrow University High School. Students will earn both college credit and high school credit for an accounting class he is instructing! He will also be taking the students on immersive experiences at UC and worked this summer to ensure his credentials, resume and education materials were submitted to UC to launch this experience. His enthusiasm, follow-through and passion for students to have this opportunity is nothing short of an exhibition of I Care, I Collaborate and I Commit to Success!"

—Shouted out by Danielle Reid-Filak, College Specialist, Teaching and Learning

Sandra (Sandi) Horine, School Counselor, Aiken High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Sandi Horine"From the moment I started at CPS, Sandi Horine was in my inbox advocating on behalf of students at Aiken High School. Sandi goes above and beyond her role as a School Counselor to ensure that Aiken students have access to their postsecondary dreams, CCP, College Fairs, and any appropriate courses needed for timely graduation- to name a few. Sandi has advocated for students in the district who are not eligible for CCP; ensuring that their voices and needs are heard at the district, college partner, and state level. Sandi stands in unity and support for those often unheard and unseen. She remains steadfast in her student-centric approach to her work, finding opportunities to collaborate with peers and partners. It only takes a few moments in Sandi's presence to know how passionate and dynamic she is. You will leave your conversation fired up, inspired, and with an actionable directive in hand. She is tireless in the pursuit of equitable processes, procedures and experiences for Aiken students and more broadly CPS students. I know that when Sandi Horine enters the room, the CPS student needs will be voiced, the resolve will be presented, and she will follow-through in making sure the work is concluded."

—Shouted out by Emily Moroney, College Manager, Teaching and Learning

Amanda Bardo, Counselor, Spencer Center — I Care

"Amanda Bardo is a first-year counselor at Spencer Center, who has jumped right into the work of supporting students and making sure they are on a path for success! Her passion for College Access is evident. She signed on to be an advisor for College Ambassadors — a program that is new to Spencer Center, as 2022 will be their inaugural graduating class. I sat in on their first meeting, and her rapport with the students was GREAT! Her group is already planning two College Access events! "

—Shouted out by Je'Von Calhoun, College Specialist, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Craig Hanthorn, School Psychologist, Western Hills High School — I Commit to Success

"Craig Hanthorn is incredibly dedicated to our school, students, families and community. He has worked tirelessly to help create systems such as committees, Restorative Panel to decrease discipline, IAT, attendance policy, etc. He goes above and beyond to help out where needed (i.e. assisting with tardy tables, pushing trash cans at lunch and doing hall sweeps). Craig pushes others (including myself) to be better; he never settles for staying at the status quo."

—Shouted out by Victoria Oakley, School Social Worker, Western Hills High School

Jeff Thompson, Custodian, Gilbert A. Dater High School — I Care, I Commit to Success

"Mr. Thompson is always a pleasure to work with. He has a great sense of humor and he looks out for those who might need help. He is always finding ways to support the staff and make our jobs easier. He is quick with a smile and a joke and always giving 100 percent while he's here."

—Shouted out by Glenetta Krause, Teacher, Gilbert A. Dater High School

Nurse Bobbi Kimble, CHD Nurse, Kilgour School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Nurse Bobbi gives it her ALL! Everyday! Rather students onsite, blended, or remote, Nurse Bobbi keeps things moving! She shows she Cares and Collaborates, by her dedication and 110 percent effort. From supporting our office team, individual teacher needs, and students, while also maintaining the operations of our busy Health office and the needs of nearby schools (when their nurse is absent or unavailable). Nurse Bobbi exemplifies Continuous improvement and Commitment to success, as continually asks how she can assist while also asking how she can improve!"

—Shouted out by Angela Cook-Frazier, Principal, Kilgour School

Rebecca Wolf, Principal, Riverview East Academy — I Care, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Wolf continues to make decisions with the best interest of student's in mind. She has an in-depth understanding of restorative practices and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), and is observed implementing these on a daily basis. She takes the time to understand both the perspective of staff and students to support continued growth for all. Her favorite statement is 'Let's Soar'... and 'soaring' we are! #GoHawks"

–Shouted out by Kelly Testerman, School Psychologist, Riverview East Academy

Karen League-Kramer, Human Resources Technician, Human Resources — I Commit to Success

"Ms. League-Kramer was the epitome of professionalism as she assisted with the educator re-licensing process by being knowledgeable of the process, responsive to communication, compassionate when suggesting alternatives, and positive in presenting next steps."

—Shouted out by Aaron Parkee, Educator, Aiken High School

Nick Stanley, IT Support, Walnut Hills High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Nick provided a lot of tech support to me during the first days of school. He made a stressful time run smoothly. He is patient, helpful, and responsive."

—Shouted out by Anne Ramsay, Teacher, Walnut Hills High School

Sonja McDowell, 6th Grade Math/Science Teacher, Bond Hill Academy — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

Sonja McDowell"Ms. McDowell shows her students everyday how much she cares about them and their well-being by setting high expectations and acting as a warm demander to support each student to be successful. She collaborates everyday to make decisions with teachers as the team leader and lesson plans weekly with the Math Specialist to ensure that her instruction is standards based and on grade level. She shows her commitment to success by mentoring a new teacher on the 6th grade team and by showing every student that they can and will achieve at Bond Hill Academy."

—Shouted out by Leslie Lyles, Intermediate Math Specialist, Bond Hill Academy

 

 

 

Yolanda Lawson, Math Teacher, West High — I Care, I Collaborate

"Ms. Lawson went out of her way to make sure our new teacher was set up for success."

—Shouted out by Courtney Fox, Math Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction

Marilou Priestle, Teacher MD Units, James N. Gamble Montessori High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"She always puts the students first all the time. She shows perseverance with everything she does, she always a team player she always willing to learn and adapt to new things. She very committed to her job and the students."

—Shouted out by Amanda Howard, Para MD Units, James N. Gamble Montessori High School

Marilou Priestle, Teacher MD Units, James N. Gamble Montessori High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Jess is an amazing teacher who works hard to have each student in the best program to meet their needs. She is constantly sending information to help with transitions, setting up meetings and providing teaching/learning activities to our team. She coordinates many activities and programs, being a valued member of the staff."

—Shouted out by Jessica Berding, AU Intervention Specialist, Gamble Montessori High School

Sarah Jackson, Reading Specialist K/1, Gamble Montessori Elementary — I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Jackson has been a wonderful mentor to me these past few weeks as I navigate my first year with CPS! She is willing to take the time to answer my questions and share her expertise with me."

—Shouted out by Robyn Weaver, Reading Specialist, Gamble Montessori Elementary

Deborah Tekulve, Lead Secretary, Spencer Center — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Spencer would not exist without Deborah and her tenacity for getting the job done and doing it well. She opened the school with the principal and herself. She maintains integrity and professionalism at all times. If there is a person in this district that personifies every goal that you want it's Deborah."

—Shouted out by Barbara Santel, Senior Support, Gamble Montessori Elementary

Rebeka Beach, Project Connect Manager, Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships — I Care, I Collaborate

"Rebeka gives tirelessly to the children and families of CPS who are experiencing homelessness. She demonstrates care for academics by providing shelter and hotel tutoring. She collaborates with Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority to provide vouchers. She spends her evenings and weekends doing school supply drives in the community and toy drives at Christmas. Rebeka and her work has recently been featured on Channel 9 and Channel 5."

—Shouted out by Shauna Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, Central Office

Shamika Hankerson, Paraprofessional, Rising Stars at Vine — I Commit to Success

"Ms. Hankerson is ready to assist in any area as soon as she is called upon, just this school year I have seen her be a nurse, security, lunchroom staff and even a Sr. Support Specialist. Whenever we are short staffed and I call upon her she never waivers or gives any negative feedback. Ms. Hankerson is a truly valued employee who can’t even be classified under one position name. She embodies the commitment to make sure that we all succeed."

—Shouted out by Eboni Joe, Senior Support Specialist, Rising Stars at Vine

Dr. Craig Hanthorn, School Psychologist, Western Hills High School — I Commit to Success

"Craig Hanthorn is incredibly dedicated to our school, students, families and community. He has worked tirelessly to help create systems such as committees, Restorative Panel to decrease discipline, IAT, attendance policy, etc. He goes above and beyond to help out where needed (i.e. assisting with tardy tables, pushing trash cans at lunch and doing hall sweeps). Craig pushes others (including myself) to be better; he never settles for staying at the status quo."

—Shouted out by Victoria Oakley, School Social Worker, Western Hills High School

Peggy Ludlum, Senior Support Specialist, Hyde Park Elementary — I Care

"Peggy Ludlum is warm and helpful to every child and parent that walks through our door. She demonstrates her care for each person by her welcoming personality, affirmations of each child and compassionate phone interactions. She is always quick to respond to any request by both parents and staff members, and accomplishes her daily tasks cheerfully, even during this busy 'beginning of the school year' season."

—Shouted out by Ann Salzbrun, Senior Support Specialist, Hyde Park Elementary

Dustin Moore, 11th Grade American Government, Woodward Career Technical High School — I Commit to Success

"During the pandemic, he helped me understand google, schoology and all things bitmoji. He cares deeply about his school, he plans lessons that are fresh and engaging for his students, he works hours well beyond the closing of the school buildings, and he also helps his new colleagues too. He brings people together, builds them up, teaches his colleagues how to use technology and is aware of all they do to support our students. He's a gem for our district and I’m honored to know him, to learn from him, and to be able to grow as a result."

—Shouted out by Shelly Rotte, 4th Grade Teacher, SCPA

Renita Brooks, School Counselor, Walnut Hills High School — I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"This summer, Renita partnered with UC Blue Ash College to ensure that CPS graduates who were bound for UC Blue Ash had support, assistance, and active communication to navigate the summer college going process. There are so many things that students need to do in order to start college on day one (transcripts must be sent, students must attend orientation, they have to register for classes and submit health records, they have to accept their aid and go through aid counseling). Renita dedicated her summer to contacting students who had not achieved each of these tasks to ensure they had the support they needed to navigate each complicated process. She was praised continuously from the UC Blue Ash team who could not stop talking about her commitment, communication, and advocacy for students. As a result of her efforts an additional 40+ students throughout the summer were able to complete their college requirements to start at UC Blue Ash on the right foot!"

—Shouted out by Danielle Reid-Filak, College Specialist, Teaching and Learning

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Nomination Archives

I Am CPS Shout-Outs — 2020–2021

I Am CPS Shout-Outs — 2019–2020

I Am CPS Shout-Outs — 2018–2019

I Am CPS Shout-Outs — 2017–2018

I am CPS Shout-Outs — 2016–2017