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October Employees of the Month

Two Monticello staff members have been recognized as the October Employees of the month. Special education teacher James Heberling is a life-long learner who continually looks for opportunities to learn best practices and grow as a teacher. James completed a range of classes this summer so he could better impact student learning. He took the knowledge he gained and not only applied it to his teaching but stepped into a teacher-leader role leading professional development for his fellow staff members at Monticello and for first- and second-year teachers from both Longview and Kelso. He has been with Longview Public Schools since 2014.

Paraeducator Karen Branscom has been at Monticello since 2011. There, she is credited with building relationships with students and helping them develop the skills needed to be successful in their behaviors and academics. Her nominator says, “She takes initiative when she sees that something needs to be done and is always swilling to do any task that is given to her.” Karen has been a district employee since 1988.

2017-11-29T12:50:59+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

April Employees of the Month

Hats off to the District’s April Employees of the Month honored for their “above and beyond” attitudes and actions!

Instructional Coach Ryan Chinchen (above left) recently helped shepherd the grades 6-12 math adoption and has worked with publishers, teachers, and the district office to ensure all participants are informed and collaborative. He has been an invaluable member of Monticello’s staff since 2003—joining as a math teacher; in 2013 he became one of the three instructional coaches in our district. He works closely with first-year teachers and the staff at Monticello. His actions are clear and well thought out and he brings the most out of his staff. The new teachers with whom he works are growing instructionally. In addition to those roles, Ryan led the middle school math team through a process of using an alternative curriculum for two years and bringing professional development and focus to that team’s work. Ryan also is a Math Fellow with the state of Washington.

Laura Mourer has been with the district since 2015,and at the beginning of this school year, she took on the role of ELL Liaison. In a short period of time, she has developed key relationships with building staff, students, and parents in support of student success. She is a safety net for ELL and transition ELL students and goes the extra mile to work with students, staff and parents. She has a positive can-do attitude that is infectious. Laura has helped develop and present her work in support of students to the Washington Association of Bilingual Educators (WABE) conference in April.

2017-06-23T09:47:13+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

March employees of the month

Teacher Scott Firth (left) has been a teacher with the district since August 2004, when he began his journey at Monticello–where he is still an outstanding math teacher. Scott understands Monticello’s diverse student population, and he was recently asked to lead a session on student social skills impacting student achievement for the Longview/Kelso Inspiring Teachers training in February and March. The positive feedback from his session was overwhelming. His impact on student achievement can now be seen district-wide.

Dan Jones (right) has worked with the Longview Schools Technology Department since 1996. He is a kind and calm-mannered individual who treats his customers and his co-workers with a high degree of respect. He is solution-focused. Technology often requires maintenance and system updates outside of the regular work day. Dan is willing to spend Saturdays (or early-mornings or late-afternoons) doing critical infrastructure work so the system won’t be hugely impacted by the work. Dan’s efforts are significant, but behind the scenes. Helping develop a redundant back-up system or contribute to the systemic replacement of switches and servers is seldom noticed outside the department, but has HUGE significance for all network users!

2017-04-28T15:10:29+00:00 April 25th, 2017|
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