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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" ...

2020–21

Hannah Branson, 5/6 Intervention Specialist, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Branson helps all of the 5/6th grade students whether they are on her caseload or not. She is also extremely helpful to the teachers of students on her caseload so that we can differentiate for our students."

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

Elise Hinger, 5/6 Math Intervention Specialist, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Hinger is a first year teacher who many times initiates team strategies to improve our students' success. She is a team player who is always willing to help."

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

Elise Hinger, 5/6 Intervention Specialist, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Elise is a first-year teacher who seems much more experienced. She always takes the initiative to help out the 5/6 team of teachers and students."

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

Kathie Siemer, Grade 4 ELA, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Kathie Siemer exhibits all four core values daily. She has done a great deal of work helping the 5th and 6th grade ELA teachers with their data."

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

Carnie Glover, School Sub, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Carnie is always committed to helping the staff and students through all of their technology difficulties. He knows all of the students and helps them to be successful as well."

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

Tricia Brannen, PE Teacher, Rees E Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Tricia goes above and beyond working with all students and staff."

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

Moses Harris, Plant Operator, Rees E Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Mr. Harris gets the job done immediately for all staff members. During the snow, he made sure the walkway was totally clean for everyone. Not only is he an extremely hard worker, he always has a smile on his face and brightens everyone's day."

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

Karen, Customer Support Specialist, Transportation — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"On this Friday, February 19, as we welcome the majority of our students back to blended learning, in the midst of snow and very cold temps, Karen's patience, kindness and support with our transportation questions was so appreciated. Thank you!"

—Shouted out by Briana Ellis, Senior Support Specialist, Spencer Center

Joelle McConnell, Intervention Specialist, Department of Student Services — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve

"I have a real need for the Google Read and Write feature offered through CPS, so I asked if we could have PD for it. I was given Joelle's name and emailed her the Thursday before the PD date. She got back to me right away, set up an invite, allowed me to invite our whole school and then spent an hour and a half training all of us-stayed after for more questions, set up individual training for another program called Fluency Tutor and then followed up with me about more questions. She allowed our staff that participated in training to collaborate and discuss how to use this program, she showed she cared by promptly setting up the PD time for our school and she even offered future PD with Fluency Tutor and she offered to come to a lesson and teach our students how to use Google Read and Write. If that is not an employee of the month, I don't know who is! Thank you Joelle! You have made curriculum at data accessible to ALL students by training us in these programs."

—Shouted out by Robin Thierauf, Montessori Teacher, Dater Montessori

Shannon Locke, Intervention Specialist, Rockdale Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Mrs. Locke always puts the students first before herself! She strides for the best in behalf for her students education and welfare! She looks out for her coworkers well being and magnify their high points in the classroom! This is my summary of Mrs. Locke!"

—Shouted out by Velma Jo Crow, Paraprofessional, Rockdale Elementary

Paullete Simpson, Teacher Librarian, North Avondale Montessori — I Collaborate, I Commit To Success

"Paulette is the Librarian Curriculum Council Chairperson. Paulette holds our group of librarians/technology teachers to the highest standards. She pushes us to continue to educate ourselves so that we can be the best teachers for our students. She is in constant contact with our entire team, continually supporting and encouraging the librarians. I see her as an invaluable mentor teacher that I can always go to. She knows her material and she will share knowledge."

—Shouted out by Nicole Lindsey, Teacher Librarian, Parker Woods Montessori

Gretchen Bayer, Preschool Intervention Specialist, Woodford Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Gretchen Bayer teaches preschoolers who have autism at Woodford Academy. A student in Gretchen's class was one of the families that was impacted by the water main break on Riverside Drive in the East End January 2, 2021. The water main break caused a sink hole in the street and flooded her student's house. Her student is a very selective eater and very routine-oriented so this upheaval really affected him. This young preschooler also has an older sibling that attends Clark Montessori High School. Gretchen started an email and reached out to members of the Woodford school community, which in turn connected with the Clark school community, to gather clothes and supplies for this family who was now living in a motel. She ended up raising cash, gift cards, clothes, food, household items, coats, shoes and other donations for this family. An amazing outcome in face of the disaster of the water main break. The house turned out not to be condemned and so the family is working on getting back into the house and the donations are helping the family. Gretchen is an amazing person and teacher, and we are so thankful to have her as part of our DSS/CPS community!"

—Shouted out by Lori Rosen, Student Services Manager, Dept. of Student Services

Amin Neelum, Counselor, Withrow — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Amin is always friendly and helpful. She takes on many assignments without complaint. She enjoys working with her fellow colleagues. She always has a kind word for all her colleagues and it is a pleasure to work with her."

—Shouted out by Joyce Hall, School Social Worker, Withrow

Dustin Voet, Counselor, Withrow — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Dustin is always friendly and helpful. He takes on many assignments at Withrow without complaint. He enjoys working with his fellow colleagues. He is always on time and tactful. He always has an uplifting/kind word for all his colleagues and it is a pleasure to work with him. Dustin works closely with Amin, they are both counselors. They make a lovely duo and bring much knowledge to Withrow."

—Shouted out by Joyce Hall, School Social Worker, Withrow

Ms. Baptist, Paraprofessional, Silverton Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit To Success

"Ms. Baptist is always friendly and helpful. She is willing to call many parents to try and get them engaged and improve attendance. She enjoys working with her fellow colleagues as much as she can. She has always had an uplifting/kind word me. She works closely with her teacher and they make a lovely duo, in trying to locate families and engage them."

—Shouted out by Joyce Hall, School Social Worker, Withrow

Rasheeda White, Intervention Specialist/Special Education Team Leader, Cincinnati Digital Academy — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit To Success

"Mrs. White is an invaluable intervention specialist at Cincinnati Digital Academy. She has a robust caseload of 11th and 12th graders and holds the role of special education team leader as well. In addition, Mrs. White jumps in to help with various case coordinating roles, without thinking twice. She has coordinated and organized trainings; including Edgenuity and our most anticipated MyPath, which will be a game-changer for our students with disabilities. She welcomes all of our new teachers coming into CDA this year with a warm smile. Mrs. White makes herself available almost 24/7 to answer questions (from both students and staff), fix student schedules and lend a listening ear. She's constantly thinking about how to make her practice better and better for her students and has a special connection with each on her caseload. Even though she takes on so much herself, she still says 'it takes teamwork to make the dream work!' We are so grateful to have her on team CDA!"

—Shouted out by Kelly Sweeney, School Psychologist, Virtual High School / Cincinnati Digital Academy

Paulette Simpson, Teacher Librarian, North Avondale Montessori — I Collaborate, I Commit To Success

"Paulette is the Librarian Curriculum Council Chairperson. Paulette holds our group of librarians/technology teachers to the highest standards. She pushes us to continue to educate ourselves so that we can be the best teachers for our students. She is in constant contact with our entire team, continually supporting and encouraging the librarians. I see her as an invaluable mentor teacher that I can always go to. She knows her material and she willingly shares knowledge."

—Shouted out by Nicole Lindsey, Teacher Librarian, Parker Woods Montessori

Lindsey LaRoche, History Teacher, Western Hills High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Ms. LaRoche consistently supports her students through differentiated instruction methods, staying on late with students to complete missing assignments and being flexible each day through distance learning. Students cannot stop talking about how much they love her class and love how much heart she pours into her students. As her team leader, words cannot describe how thankful I am to have her as a part of our team. She is always willing to go the extra mile to complete a task that improves our educational access for our group of students. She attends all of their extracurricular activities (COVID allowing) and supports each student as a whole person. We could all use more Ms. LaRoche's in our building."

—Shouted out by Meg Groat, Teacher, Western Hills High School

Mydelle Halloran, Intervention Specialist, Covedale Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate

"Mydelle Halloran works very hard to meet the needs of our students and families during these difficult times. When many of our students were having difficulties with remote learning due to a lack of appropriate workspace, Mydelle rose to the challenge. She and her friends have personally hand crafted and delivered 40 desks for students at Covedale. She shows her commitment and care to our students and families!"

—Shouted out by Chia Hong, School Psychologist, Covedale/Student Services

Angela Lyman, Technology Coordinator & Teacher, Sands Montessori — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Angela Lyman is a positive, caring force. She is always ready and willing to pitch in and help wherever needed. I'm not the most tech savvy person and I know I can always count on Angela to come to the rescue. When a student or parent is struggling during remote learning Angela is there to help resolve the issue. The Sands students absolutely love her as do the parents and staff."

—Shouted out by Nancy Patterson, Support Specialist, Sands Montessori

Dan Russell, Carpenter, Facilities — I Care, I Collaborate

Carpenter Dan Russell hands money to female employee"Dan spearheaded a giving campaign in the Facilities Deptartment to support St. Joseph's Orphanage. Our goal was to raise $1,000 for the children to purchase holiday items on their wish list. Dan's efforts and his kind, generous spirit helped us raise $1,308 for St. Joe's. Dan truly and wholeheartedly cares!"

—Shouted out by Robin Brandon, Director, Facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebeka Beach, Project Connect Manager, Office of Secondary Education — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Rebeka Beach continuously demonstrates care and collaboration for CPS children and families who are experiencing homelessness. The evidence of this can be seen throughout the school year when she offers assistance with preschool registrations, parent training on Power School, Schoology and Google, and other personnel such as an academic coach and shelter liaison. Recently, Rebeka collected and distributed hundreds of holiday meals, winter coats and toys offering hope for families seeking a nice holiday."

—Shouted out by Shauna Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Secondary Education

Cassie Laake, 5th grade science, Midway Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Cassie is one of the best teachers I have ever worked with. She is compassionate and her class is so engaging. Going into this year and knowing there would be challenges she set up her Schoology to be engaging and keep the students learning. She seeks out new ways to use technology and to not only teach content but to give life skills, like creating a test box, or sharing a screen. I am thankful to be able to work with someone so amazing and compassionate. When she teaches, she teaches from the heart."

—Shouted out by Julie Gribbell, Intervention Specialist, Midway Elementary

Moses Harris, Plant Operator, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Mr. Harris goes above and beyond his duties. He is outside early in the am working, constantly checking everyone's rooms to make sure they're clean and in good condition, and he fixes anything that needs to be fixed immediately."

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

Brian Zinkan, Grade 5-6 Science, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve

"This is Brian's first year teaching and he has done a fabulous job. He always wants to know how he can be better for the kids. Brian also collaborates with his team of teachers by taking the lead and offering help when needed. The students at REPA are learning so much about Science and are excited to go to his class every day."

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

Barbara Banfill, Senior Support Specialist, Department of Student Services — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Shout out to Barb Banfill, she has been a dedicated employee with CPS for 41 years. Barb has worked in several departments over the years but ended her journey from the Department Student Services. Barb is truly a dedicated employee and demonstrates the I Am CPS core value. She will truly be missed by all but especially DSS. Good luck in your next journey and don't forget us."

—Shouted out by Janis Barnet, Senior Support Specialist, Department of Student Services

Angie Jackson, Intervention Specialist & Home Instructor, Department of Student Services — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"On top of her 'day gig' as an accomplished Intervention Specialist with CPS, Angie signed on to be a home instructor a few years ago. She cares by believing that EVERY student can succeed and shows this in practice in working with a very special student. She collaborates with multiple providers (nurses, parents, related services and administrators) to provide weekly instruction for the student to experience success. Her ability to include her home instruction student in the experiences of typical peers and commitment to providing access despite some seemingly unsurmountable circumstances is commendable. Angie, we love hearing your students' parent beam with delight at how much progress your student is making and know that he is one of many you have inspired to grow!"

—Shouted out by Bridget McComas & Cheryl McBee, DSS Home Instruction Team, Department of Student Services

Lauren Borcherding, MD Lead Teacher, Roselanw Condon School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

"Lauren consistently demonstrates the highest level of commitment to our core values. Lauren leads the team of MD teachers and paraprofesssionals at Roselawn Condon and sets the example of going the extra mile to be sure that our students and their families receive quality instruction and support during this very unusual school year. Materials are customized to the specific needs of students and the team is encouraged to share those resources among one another to maximize the effort of every single staff member on behalf of our students. Not only has Lauren facilitated the development of a strong team at Roselawn, but she has also coordinated with school partners to access resources to support the students at Roselawn — even ensuring that the annual Rotary Holiday Party could still be held as a drive through experience for the students and families! Lauren has shared the resources and expertise of her collective team in districtwide professional learning sessions throughout this school year and was an invaluable contributor to revamping the district Extended School Year program to reflect the challenges of COVID. Lauren lives the I Am CPS values every day!"

—Shouted out by Adrienne Randall, Manager, Department of Student Services

Brandon Burbridge, Specialist, Roberts Academy — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit To Success

Mr. Burbridge is the backbone of Roberts Academy and exemplifies ALL of CPS's core values. Mr. Burbridge knows each student by name and works hard to develop connections with kiddos and their families. If a teacher struggles to make headway with a student, often, Mr. Burbridge helps bridge that gap. If a student is having a tough day, Mr. Burbridge is usually the person students will go to to talk things through, receive a pep talk to continue with their learning. In addition to this, Mr. Burbridge is our go-to person whenever we, teachers, are having a technology moment. He never seems inconvenienced, even though there is almost always a long line of people waiting for his assistance. Instead, he fixes the problem at hand and usually provides one with a good laugh in the process. Mr. Burbridge goes above and beyond for Roberts staff, students and families. He is an invaluable member to the Roberts community and we are so lucky to have him. Thanks for all you do, Mr. Burbridge!

—Shouted out by Johanna Froehlicher, 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Roberts Academy

Jennifer Smith, Tech Coordinator & Tech Teacher, Woodford Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"She takes care of everyone in the building. Always trouble-shooting and solving tech issues for staff and families! I really don't know how we would have gotten through this difficult time without her support."

—Shouted out by Karen Ater-Linser, Art Teacher, Woodford Elementary

Marie Turnbull (Psychologist), Carlotta Jackson (Intervention Specialist), Logan Nagel (Teacher), Shauna McDowell (Principal), Pleasant Hill Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate

"The Pleasant Hill Team (which included Ms. Turnbull, Ms. Jackson, Mr. Logan and Mrs. McDowell) held an ETR meeting on a Sunday morning to meet compliance deadlines! This time also worked well for the family! Pleasant Hill's commitment to their students is truly amazing. They Care and they Collaborate... even on the weekends!"

—Shouted out by James Roth, Student Services Manager, Department of Student Services

Jenn Frey, Senior Support Specialist, Academy of World Language — I Continuously Improve

"Jenn Frey comes early and stays late regularly. She is constantly collaborating and assisting with colleagues in helping to improve with data, spread sheets, etc. She is very dependable and reliable."

—Shouted out by Angela Shaw, Assistant School Community Coordinator, Academy of World Language

Terrez Thomas, Principal, Carson Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Mr. Thomas exemplifies Leadership in his role as a Principal at Carson. He is committed to Carson students and staff by putting us first because he cares. Mr. Thomas continues to show staff and students innovative ways of teaching because of his love of learning is infectious. At Carson, Mr. Thomas makes sure that we all continue to improve and commit to success in order for all of us to cross the finish line together."

—Shouted out by Valida Hill, Paraprofessional, Carson Elementary

Brittney Lazar, Teacher, Spencer Center — I Commit to Success

"Works very hard at Spencer with the daily changes of kids and schedules to make sure that things get done!"

—Shouted out by Cynthia Adkins, Teacher, Spencer Center

Luz Gutman, Paraprofessional, Academy of World Languages (AWL) — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Gutman is always willing to help any staff member or student that needs it. She is always at work with a lot of energy and ready to be the best she can! I honestly do not know what the first grade team would do without her. Thank you Ms. Gutman for always doing your best and expecting the best from us. We appreciate you."

—Shouted out by Kimberly Maguire, Teacher, Academy of World Languages (AWL)

Julie Gribbell, Intervention Specialist/Testing Coordinator/DSS Department Chairperson, Midway Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Julie Gribbell cares about all of the students at Midway and it is evident in her daily work with students, parents and staff. She communicates with all DSS staff to make sure we are aware of meetings, progress reports, webinars as well as sharing resources for students with Special Needs that she has access to through summer classes and workshops. Julie is also one of our Midway Testing Coordinators who helps colleagues with testing information, guidelines and will test other teacher's students if that staff member is out sick. Julie also works well with her 5th and 6th grade teams, as well as all Intervention Specialists, sharing her wealth of experience in working with students with disabilities."

—Shouted out by Thomas Delisio, Intervention Specialist Grade 6, Midway Elementary

Lauren Ratterman, Second Grade Teacher, Hartwell Elementary School — I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"I have collaborated with Lauren through various committees such as the K-1 iPad Implementation team, K-6 ELA Adoption and K-3 Curriculum Council. She is always willing and ready to share her expertise of integrating technology in classroom instruction. During Curriculum Council, she has shared with Delegates ways to keep lessons engaging through the use of Schoology, Seesaw and teacher made videos. I am happy that she is a part of our K-3 Curriculum Council!"

—Shouted out by April Thompson, K-3 Curriculum Council Chair, Roll Hill School

First-Year Teachers, All Schools — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Watching the first-year teachers this year is amazing! They are working in an unprecedented situation and bringing joy and education to the students they are teaching every day. On top of that, they are working to learn the CPS programs, the ins and outs of working in our amazing district, and teaching and showing veteran teachers technology tricks we don't know. For teachers who started this year, I am impressed!"

—Shouted out by Rebecca Stutzman, Teacher, Roberts Academy 

Nancy Thompson-Glaser, Retirement Specialist, Human Resources — I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"Nancy Thompson-Glaser has provided a sense of calm in the mist of this year of ever changing events. Ms. Glaser devoted not only her expertise but her time to clarify information concerning my CPS benefits. After our conversation I left not only with a better understanding but a sense of relief after hearing the answers that she provided. She truly demonstrates the I Am CPS core values. Thank you!"

—Shouted out by Gayle Wynn, Teacher, Gamble Montessori Elementary/Rising Stars Academy

Kira Camara, Intervention Specialist, Dater High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Kira always has the best interests of our students at the forefront of her mind. She consistently encourages and pushes both students and teachers to continue improving and striving for excellence no matter what their endeavor. She works with all members of the Dater community to improve outcomes for students, while also keeping in mind the needs of teachers to prevent burn out."

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

Kayla Ritter Rickels, College Manager, Secondary Education — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"Kayla supports the school counselors in every possible way. She has done an incredible job of advocating for us and for our students."

—Shouted out by Leslie Hattemer, School Counselor, Woodward

Alena Smith, Principal, Rothenberg Elementary — I Care, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Smith collaborates with staff and community to enhance student experience at Rothenberg which will lead to improve student performance."

—Shouted out Jonathan Brown, Director of School Leadership, Superintendent’s Office

Frank Hull, 7th Grade ELA Teacher, Aiken New Tech High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Frank goes above and beyond to ensure that ALL students learn. He often works outside of school and puts forth an effort that is undeniable. He is a strong leader, and an outstanding teacher."

—Shouted out Luke Miller, Intervention Specialist, Aiken New Tech High School

Terrez Thomas, Principal, Carson Elementary — I Care, I Commit to Success

"He always tries to hear everyone out and fix their concerns. And he works side by side with others in this hard time of teaching. He is always there to answer any questions and open to any other ideas that help better everyone."

—Shouted out Amanda Howard, Paraprofessional, Carson Elementary

Lori Friedhoff, Art Teacher, Rees E. Price Academy — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Friedhoff helps out every teacher daily, even when she's bogged down with her own work. During dismissal, she helps the car riders so that everything is smooth and efficient."

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

Tina Calhoun, Building Engineer, SCPA — I Care, I Continuously Improve

"Works tirelessly to keep the building clean and safe during the pandemic."

—Shouted out Brynn Thomas, Teacher, SCPA

Tina Calhoun, Building Engineer, SCPA — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Tina and I are the first two people to school every day and I have been blessed to observe all the effort she puts into keeping our school safe and high functioning. If we (CPS) had more workers like Tina all our concerns would be solved. Thanks Tina you are our strong foundation."

—Shouted out Scott Norman, Lead Teacher-Science, SCPA

Stephanie Woods, Benefits Specialist, Human Resources/Benefits Department — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"I believe Stephanie exhibits all of the CPS Core Values. Stephanie goes well beyond what is asked of her. Not only is she professional, Stephanie exhibits a kind and pleasant personality, one this is so very welcomed and needed during this difficult time dealing with Covid-19. This pandemic has not diminished Stephanie's willingness to assist those that need her help. Stephanie has assisted co-workers on weekends and has given of her time no matter the length of that time, to ensure that her co-workers are left feeling taken care of. KUDOS to Stephanie — she is AWESOME."

—Shouted out by Christl Walton, Senior Support II, Customer Care Center

Isadore Rudnick, Fine Arts Manager, Curriculum Department — I Care

"I mentioned the name of a very talented musician in our ESOL SLIFE (students with limited or interrupted formal education) program at Aiken, and asked Dr. Rudnick if he had the pleasure of meeting this remarkable young man. He had not, but one thing led to another, and Dr. Rudnick met with the family and invited this student to participate in a weekend jazz group AND set up private piano lessons. He also secured access to an 88 key keyboard for the student to use at home. This small act is a game-changer for this this student, and has given him the ability to be part of a bigger community that will support his social and emotional needs. This student is also visually impaired, so this along with a significant language barrier had left him feeling alone and isolated. THANK YOU Dr. Rudnick for going the extra mile for this young man!"

—Shouted out by Patty Fong, ESL Manager, Student Services

Karen Cummings, Human Resources Technician II, Employee Care Center — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

photo of Karen Cummings"Karen is constantly thinking of others. When situations change she's quick to adjust to close the gap to ensure our colleagues continue to receive great customer service. She's also always willing to lend a helping hand — when orders come in for I am CPS Swag she ensures each employee is notified and receives their purchased items. This is above and beyond her regular HR duties. Her sense of humor is an added bonus; you can always count on her for a quick laugh to brighten your day. Karen is a perfect example of the I am CPS Core Values in action!"

—Shouted out by Rolonda Smith, Employee Experience Manager, Talent Development

Tya Grengbondai & The Grants Team, Grants Department, Treasurer's Office — I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"The Grant's Team puts on an amazing and engaging training for federal and state grant compliance. Not only is it clear that they have deeply collaborative connections, they are also committed to delivering a training that sets folks up for success by keeping them engaged, entertained and educated."

—Shouted out by Kayla Ritter Rickels, College Manager, Secondary Education

Marija Dunatov, School Psychologist, Sayler Park Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Marija goes above and beyond when it comes to new students entering our schools! She reaches out to previous school districts to obtain as much information about students' academic/service history. The same goes for when students leave our school and/or district. She reaches out to service providers and staff to provide as much information to assist with a smooth transition to their new school and always makes herself available for questions for new and previous students. She cares about the needs of our students and gathers as much information for staff to be able to use a multi-factored approach to establishing services and accommodations accordingly!"

—Shouted out by Candy Rozier, Intervention Specialist, Sayler Park Elementary

Sarah Morales, Manager of World Languages, Curriculum and Instruction — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"On the first day of school Ms. Morales came to our building to see how things were going and to see if we needed anything. When I mentioned we were short staff that day, she jumped in to serve in preschool and kindergarten classes for over four hours."

—Shouted out by Jack Core, Principal, North Avondale Montessori

Traci Hobbs and Patricia Booker, Senior Support Specialists, AMIS — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"They both are patient, professional workers that go the extra mile in everything they do. They are great team players, respectful and easy to work with!"

—Shouted out by Victor Canel Jr., Paraprofessional, Hartwell Elementary School

Paula Dornbusch, 4th grade Math Teacher & 3–4 Team Leader, Rees E. Price — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Ms. Dornbusch drops whatever she's doing to help any of her colleagues. She also always wants to make sure that our team of teachers (the entire staff) is collaborating to make our school as great as possible."

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

Michael Turner, Career and Technical Education Manager, Office of Secondary Education — I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"Mr. Michael Turner is always willing to step in and assist our school district with meeting goals. While he serves as the District's Career and Technical Education Manager, he is always willing to pitch in and help others. Some examples of his collaborative style and commitment to success includes: supporting all schools with the creation and implementation of the master schedule, assisting with summer graduation, participating as a member of the My Tomorrow Team and the My Tomorrow Steering Committee, leading the CTE Advisory Team and being key to the hard work of the Teacher Allocation Committee."

—Shouted out by Shauna Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Superintendent's Office

Daniel Caproni, Lead Math Teacher, Western Hills University High School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Daniel Caproni"Daniel Caproni Cares about his students, he goes the extra mile to meet with students one-on-one to help them receive necessary instruction to improve their grades. As the Math Department Chair and ILT representative, he is committed to teacher Collaboration and promotes Collaboration not only in the math department but throughout the entire school building. He is striving to Continuously improve with his math YouTube channel that he's constantly reflecting on and improving to support his instruction. He is Committed to Success and shows it by using a PDSA in his classroom to ensure the success of his students. He also submitted videos for CPS TV to support the Success of students districtwide. Daniel Caproni demonstrates the I AM CPS core values!!"

—Shouted out by Leslie Lyles, Math & Curriculum Instructional Coach, District Math Department

Holly Irby, Algebra Teacher, Western Hills University High School — I Care, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Holly Irby"Holly Irby is a Warm Demander that shows she cares in how she speaks to students, sets high expectations for learning, and how her passion for teaching comes across to students. She continuously improves her instruction each year by developing innovative ways to successfully educate students synchronously or asynchronously, by learning new technologies that engages ALL students in learning Algebra. Ms. Irby is committed to success because she's always attending professional development to support her work in the classroom and she actually implements what she learns to benefit her students. Holly Irby demonstrates the I Am CPS core values every day as a Math teacher at Western Hills High School!"

—Shouted out by Leslie Lyles, Math & Curriculum Instructional Coach, District Math Department

Dr. Dawn Williams, Math Curriculum Manager, District Math Department — I Care, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Dawn Williams"Dr. Dawn Williams cares about CPS teachers and students and shows it with the countless hours spent to ensure that teachers and students have the necessary materials and resources to be successful. She collaborates with CPS teachers, Administration, and stakeholders to develop plans and implement action steps that will make CPS a more equitable institution. She is continously improving by attending conferences, webinars, and reading scholarly books and articles to help her own growth as a CPS leader. She displays her commitment to success when she shares her knowledge with coaches, teachers, and admin to support their growth. She also does an outstanding job mentoring and leading many CPS teacher leaders to become change agents to improve education in Cincinnati Public Schools. Dr. Dawn Williams demonstrates the I AM CPS Core Values on a daily basis!"

—Shouted out by Leslie Lyles, Math & Curriculum Instructional Coach, District Math Department

All Cincinnati Digital Academy Staff & Teachers, Cincinnati Digital Academy — I Care, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"I can't begin to cover how amazed I am at the CDA staff. They were inundated with thousands of calls and emails before school even began. The original staff started working in the summer to get ready and start answering calls and emails. Not once did they hesitate because their focus is always what is best for students and families. They continue to work all hours of the day and night to help the hundreds of students assigned to their courses so that students will not have their learning interrupted. They deserve thanks from all the schools for taking in their students and treating them as their own. I for one say thank God for them. I should know because I took my grandson out of Walnut and put him in CDA."

—Shouted out by Rebecca Neighborgall, Math Teacher, Virtual High School

Elizabeth Bronner, 3rd Grade Math and Science, Kilgour Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Elizabeth Bronner"Elizabeth is the BEST teammate I could ever hope to work with. She represents every one of our CPS core values. She is one of the hardest working people I know, always working into the evening and on weekends. She has that brain that can come up with schedules that work for our team, while also taking into consideration the bigger picture of the entire school. She makes sure parents are well informed and incorporates ideas that ensure that students have a positive 3rd grade experience. If something we're doing isn't working, she comes up with another way to get it done. I am so appreciative of all that she does for our team! I have learned so much from her, and value not only her commitment to our school and team, but also as one of my closest friends."

—Shouted out by Ann Kroger, 3rd Grade ELA and SS, Kilgour Elementary

Terrez Thomas, Principal, Carson Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Terrez Thomas"Shout Out to Principal Thomas at Carson Elementary! We are so grateful and appreciative of his leadership at our school. Happy National Principals Month! He demonstrates the I Care through his flexibility with feedback and seeking multiple perspectives. He show the I Collaborate value by valuing the work of committees and teams of leaders to make school-based decisions. He shows the I Continuously Improve value by always seeking feedback and reflecting on his leadership. We strive ourselves to be more data-driven and Principal Thomas includes his leadership in that practice as well. He shows the I Commit to Success value by celebrating his staff and holding us all to high expectations for our students, families and fellow colleagues. We are so lucky to have a genuine, vision-driven leader who deeply cares about success for ALL students, families and staff."

—Shouted out by Kaitlin Dauner, Assistant Principal, Carson Elementary

Mary McCormick, Paraprofessional, Academy of World Languages (AWL) — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Mary has stepped in to support our Kindergarten team and one class in particular. She has stepped in to cover the opening of a classroom while learning how to do this remotely. She has given her energy and time to increasing her technology skills while leading others in her group through the same pathway. She has engaged our newest students and started their school year off successfully. She embodies every core value listed and has shown exceptional skills in each of them."

—Shouted out by Jackie Rowedder, Principal, Academy of World Languages (AWL)

Shawn League, Facilities Operation Supervisor, Facilities — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Shawn League has gone above and beyond to accommodate and support the Athletic Department as we transitioned to return to play and return to competition. Shawn did not hesitate to demonstrate each of the IAmCPS Core Values when asked for help. He quickly met with us at stadiums to make sure all venues were cleaned and prepared for our students to compete. He made sure that our department and all of our schools had all of the necessary equipment and health and safety items at our venues. All of this at a time that he was running in a million different directions for our schools and staff in the district. His actions showed how much he CARED, his willingness to COLLABORATE with many of our staff and IMPROVE our ability to provide for our students and schools. Shawn truly embodied all of our core values and is committed to SUCCESS. Thank you Shawn!"

—Shouted out by Josh Hardin, Athletics Manager, Athletics Department

Terri Burch, Gifted Intervention Specialist, Fairview-Clifton German Language School — I Care, I Continuously Improve

"Terri Burch is an amazing educator! When faced with losing face-to-face instructional minutes with students due to the shift to the hybrid model, Terri volunteered to provide all of her services online. This will enable her to serve her students with greater flexibility on days when her students will have very direct little contact with their teachers otherwise. She solved two problems at once — how to serve her students without pulling them from core classes AND how to give students more face-to-face support with their teachers. Innovative and caring!"

—Shouted out by Stephen Sippel, Principal, Fairview-Clifton German Language School

Lauren Borcherding, MD Lead Teacher, Roselawn Condon — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Lauren is the go to person for everyone in the MD Department at Roselawn. She works tirelessly to help others while having a full plate herself. She solves problems pre-emptively and does an amazing job of making everyone feel like they matter. She goes above and beyond for every kiddo in our classroom and taught me to always presume competence in our kiddos. I am beyond blessed to work with such an amazing teacher."

—Shouted out by Nicole Goodson, Paraprofessional, Roselawn Condon

Kami Hill, Co-Lead Psychologist, Department of Student Services — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

Bitmoji image of Kami Hill"Kami has been instrumental in guiding the School Psychologists through these uncharted territories with her continued professionalism, creativity, passion, responsiveness, optimism and model of adaptation in supporting our staff, our schools, our students and our families. I can't express the gratitude I feel in knowing that she is never long in responding to the atypical scenarios we present to her on a daily basis while also welcoming input from our large staff. She continues to correct mistakes without blame, lead with confidence, prioritize the interests of the group above herself, and demonstrate authentic interest in the well-being of all. She keeps us informed and I love her often repeated exclamation, 'Stay Tuned!'"

—Shouted out by Patty Moore, School Psychologist, Gamble Montessori High School

Brandy Davis, Lead Secretary, Oyler — I Care

"Brandy records the robo call messages that go out to Oyler families. Her messages to families are always full of excitement and passion. Her voice is like a breath of fresh air. I am certain families stop to listen to what she has to tell them."

Shouted out by Eric King, Director of IT Applications, ITM

Christopher Gibson, Orchestra Teacher, Walnut Hills High School/Spencer School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Chris Gibson has a lot on his plate. He is first a parent of 3 children under the age of 6 and a loving husband. Secondly, he works at two different schools that each have their own demands to teach the children to the best of his ability. He works to make sure that all of his students have the best on-line experience. He knows that teaching his students at both schools is his number one priority and has always been. Now, though, he knows that innovative techniques are being introduced to the on-line teaching platform and he is more than willing to embrace them. Not only is he more than willing to learn new techniques to teach, but he is willing to teach and demonstrate to me the new technology that is so important to the success of our students."

—Shouted out by John Caliguri, Music Department Chair, Walnut Hills High School

Amy Johnson, Fifth Grade Teacher/Tech Queen, Chase Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Amy Johnson is a rockstar! She has tackled some of the most difficult technical challenges to get parents and students online. After school, I have seen her work to assist parents patiently, as well as using her plan time to make connections happen. Additionally, she is always available to help our staff figure out the quirky technology apps and does so without making us feel 'stupid.' She is a natural leader among our staff and has creative ideas to encourage teachers around her. Additionally, she labored over our PBIS plan throughout the Spring and into the summer months and has always been a light among us in developing a Positive School Culture. Amy is someone we can always count on to assist, encourage and lead us to finding the answers. I want to lift her up as the "steady rock" of Chase Elementary School and thank her for her gentle calm when we are riding the waves of this 'new normal.'"

—Shouted out by Dori Lucas, MD/AU Intermediate Classroom, Chase Elementary

Michelle Spaw, Lunchroom Manager, College Hill Fundamental Academy — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

"During our remote learning Stephanie has ran all over the district picking up and dropping off meals to the schools that ran out as we fed over 10,000 children on the second meal distribution, she put together a last-minute order for 'same-day pick-up' from our food supplier for all the schools to be successful for the next week meal pack. She continues to over-extend herself to make sure all the schools have everything they need to get the students fed so they can be successful at the start of the day for their education. Stephanie goes above and beyond the call of duty to do her job with a positive attitude, a smile on her face, and without complaining."

—Shouted out by Stephanie Dyehouse, Assistant Supervisor, Student Dining Services

Mary Beth Seither, High School Science Teacher, Oyler School — I Care, I Collaborate, I Commit to Success

Mary Beth Seither's website homepage"Seither has been a tremendous help to our team this year. She created our team website, our team newsletter, and curriculum for her new class — all while helping her co-workers with any type of issue whether it's technical, brainstorming needs, logistical and more. She's also there to remind us to put our masks on when someone enters our room, when we have meetings, to complete our daily self-reporting, to submit paperwork when needed... Need I go on? She's been our fact-checker and agenda-watcher all while doing what she needs to have done for herself. She's a great co-worker and even better friend!"

—Shouted out by Heather Staley, CTE Teacher, Oyler School

Kathy Ripley, Tech Coordinator, Covedale Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

photo of Kathy Ripley"Kathy Ripley has been the glue to hold us together as we navigate these times of utilizing technologies in new ways, device distribution, troubleshooting with families, and learning to be our best during remote learning. Kathy is one who will work much later than the end of the school day, and puts the needs of families and staff above her personal needs. She does all of this with compassion and empathy. Covedale is so lucky to have her foresight and dedication to our technology and emotional needs."

—Shouted out by Michele Kipp, Principal, Covedale Elementary

 

John Caliguri and Chris Gibson, Orchestra Teachers, Walnut Hills High School — I Care

John Caliguri works with an orchestra student"John and Chris are driving across the city, going house to house to deliver instruments to their orchestra students and demonstrating proper technique so that they can practice at home."

—Shouted out by Francesca Bownas-Rayburn, Teacher, Walnut Hills High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All School-based Front Office Staff — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve

"On the first two days of school, front office staff across the district were inundated by phone calls from families eager to have their children log into their classes. In all 10 schools that I visited (and, I'm sure, in many more), secretaries were unflappable, kind, innovative, and helpful. As a result, the district saw a significant rise in students logged into their classes and ready to learn!"

Shouted out by Dean Blase, Director of School Leadership, Teaching & Learning

Terry Davis, Grants Manager, Curriculum & Instruction — I Commit to Success

"Terry Davis has tirelessly supported our team in developing a compelling grant proposal and ultimately earning a grant to support a new strand of our talent work — and she helped us achieve this success with a smile and positive attitude throughout. Thank you, Terry!"

—Shouted out by Sarah Brody, Director of Talent Development

Rosemary Jane & Kimberly McClain, Technology Queens, ITM — I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"These women have kept me sane. These women have been answering questions, providing Schoology Training as well as other trainings, have worked TIRELESSLY so teachers like me don't feel overwhelmed and get frustrated and give up. These women have made videos, tidbits, created Schoology courses. I will be honest with you, I am crying as I write this because I am so grateful to them. It is really challenging to think about this year without being able to meet my students for the first 5 weeks, maybe longer, without hugging them and knowing that we have unfinished learning to attend to and these two ladies have given me every reason to keep trying, either through Schoology Trainings, answering questions quickly, building me sandboxes — it goes on and on. I wish I had a wonderful gift to give to both of them. They have made countless other teachers' lives better because we all talk about who to go to when we are lost and it is these women!"

—Shouted out by Robin Thierauf, Teacher, Dater Montessori

Joshua Hardin, District Athletic Manager, The Office of Secondary Education — I Care, I Collaborate

"During the pandemic, Josh Hardin initiated the Collaborate and Care Campaign. He organized volunteers who distributed additional food, school supplies, toiletries and others on a weekly basis. His team secured financial donations to assist with purchasing additional supplies for our families."

Shouted out by Shauna Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, The Office of Secondary Education

Tim Elkins, Network Admin, ITM — I Care, I Collaborate, I Continuously Improve, I Commit to Success

"Tim has been awesome to work with in procuring devices for our staff. He is always quick to answer requests and find solutions. I am sure he's very busy with other requests, but he's never expressed any frustration and treats us as if we are his only customer."

—Shouted out by Michael Gustin, Business Analyst, Treasurer’s Department

Laura Marsh, Teacher, Frederick Douglass Elementary — I Care, I Collaborate

"Laura Marsh believes in the holistic learning experience for her students. When a child enters the classroom looking sad and discouraged, Laura makes it her priority to take the student aside, and find out why, and makes a consorted effort to find a remedy for whatever is causing the distress in the child's life. Laura is the Team Leader at Frederick Douglass School. During the recent school closure (due to COVID-19), she distributed school 'work packets' to our student's homes, and picked up completed packets. L. Marsh completed training to qualify for a leadership role as a school principal. Laura is committed to success for, not only the students in her classroom, but for all the students at Frederick Douglass School. She stays after regular school hour (when school was in session), to work with students (from other classes), who were struggling academically. Laura's commitment to our students exemplifies the I Am CPS core values, and I am proud to submit this information to nominate her for this honor."

—Shouted out by Shelby Givens-Blackmon, Paraprofessional, Frederick Douglass Elementary

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