April 28, 2017, (Independence, IA) – On Monday, April 17th Independence Community School District (ICSD) staff members were recognized for “Living the Mustang Way.”
Each month, staff members are able to nominate co-workers who they feel deserve to be recognized for their hard work and commitment to our students and our district. The employees are then recognized. Nominees will be recognized monthly at the professional development day breakfast with a certificate, a note from ICSD superintendent and recognition by the school board at a school board meeting. Additionally, each staff member who takes the time to nominate someone will also receive a note from the superintendent thanking them for recognizing a co-worker.
This month the following staff members were recognized:
Liola Ciesielski: Liola is a secretary at the Early Childhood Center. She makes everything at the ECC run smoothly and brightens everyone’s day with a warm smile and friendly help.
Kathy Tegler: Kathy is an associate at East Elementary. She continually brings smiles to the faces of students and teachers every day with her positive attitude and dedication to her job.
Karen Hoaglan, Deana Miller, and Kathy Tegler: These ladies are associates at East Elementary. They are being recognized for treating all students and staff with respect as they teach, encourage, instruct, mentor, praise, influence, guide, and inspire.
Kay Dolan: Kay is a special education teacher at East Elementary. She is being recognized for having a positive impact on staff and the culture/climate at East while having high expectations for all students.
Julie Spece and Dawn Keenan: Julie and Dawn are special education teachers at West Elementary. They are being recognized for being team players within the special education department and helping their students be the best they can be.
Paula Decker: Paula is a food service worker at West Elementary. She is being recognized for making the lunch line fun for students, knowing all of their names, and greeting each of them with a smile every day.
Brook Carey, Sonya Elzey, Erin Rosburg, and Jon Carey: These junior high teachers are being recognized for the work they do with the Mustang Time. They have committed time out or their classrooms to improve the communication and creating individual plans for students who struggle academically, socially, or behaviorally.
Isaac Ales: Isaac is a PE/Health teacher at the Jr/Sr High School. He is being recognized for displaying responsibility, respect, kindness, and gratefulness in this first year of teaching. He is a true role model for Living the Mustang Way.
Pam Frisch: Pam is a PE teacher at the Jr/Sr High School. She is being recognized for being a positive addition to the girls’ tennis program and making it fun for everyone.
Kim Chesmore: Kim is our school district’s Director of Transportation. She is being recognized for being incredibly organized and keeping our transportation department running smoothly all year long.
Chad O’Brien and Tom Zimmerly: Chad and Tom work in our buildings and ground department. They are being recognized for showing compassion and kindness to students. They help students in need whenever they can and make our school district a wonderful place to be.
Lynnette Engel: Lynnette is our Director of School Finance. She is being recognized as a tremendous asset to our school district not only through her knowledge of school finance but also being a great example of Living the Mustang Way by how she treats her staff, the school board, colleagues, and community members.
Superintendent Russell Reiter states, “It is really great to see the staff embracing our “Living the Mustang Way” Employee Recognition Program. The people being recognized are so very deserving. Even though staff members don’t do these things for the recognition, I know that showing our appreciation this way is very meaningful to them.”
For more information on the Independence Community School District, visit their website: www.independence.k12.ia.us or call 319-334-7400.