Staff Recognized for “Living the Mustang Way”

April 5, 2017 (Independence, IA) – On Monday, March 20th twelve 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:

Cheri Heather

Heather Nefzger and Cheri Reed

Heather Nefzger: Heather was nominated for her work as a 4th grade teacher. Her classroom is full of Mustang Pride. She instills this pride in her students and is an excellent role model for “Living the Mustang Way” each and every day.

John Howard, Dan Putz and Sarah Crawford

John Howard, Dan Putz and Sarah Crawford

Dan Putz: Dan was nominated for his work as a teacher and a speech coach for the past 40 years. He has put his heart and soul into our Speech Program.

Micki Sand-Cohen, Julie Flickinger and Danielle Meyer

Micki Sand-Cohen, Julie Flickinger and Danielle Meyer

Micki Sand-Cohen and Julie Flickinger: Micki and Julie were nominated for their long time work as 1st grade teachers. Both teachers are excellent examples of quality teachers that have left a lasting impact on their students and co-workers.

Tom Zimmerly and Cheri Reed

Tom Zimmerly and Cheri Reed

Tom Zimmerly: Tom was recognized for the work he does throughout the district with our buildings and grounds. His work ethic and his dedication to our school district is extremely valuable.

John Howard, Rhonda Sheets and Dan Putz

John Howard, Rhonda Sheets and Dan Putz

Rhonda Sheets: Rhonda was recognized for coming to work the past 33 years with a smile on her face and high expectations for all of her students. Rhonda has been an incredible role model and has left a lasting impression on her students.

John Howard, Kim Matthias, Rick Alber and Dan Putz

John Howard, Kim Matthias, Rick Alber and Dan Putz

Rick Alber and Kim Matthias: Rick and Kim were recognized for the work they do as custodians for the Jr/Sr High School. They both are always willing to pitch in and help wherever and whenever it is needed throughout the building.

Justin

John Howard, Justin Putz and Matthew Shannon

Justin Putz: Justin was recognized for his willingness to jump in and cover the pig dissection lab in Anatomy/Physiology Class when the Jr/Sr High School was short on substitute teachers.

Lori Bowers, Carol Morkel, Kerry Pasker and Angie Bonefas

Lori Bowers, Carol Morkel, Kerry Pasker and Angie Bonefas

Lori Bowers, Kerry Pasker, and Carol Morkel: Lori, Kerry, and Carol were nominated for the work they do as the East Elementary Title I Teachers. They work tirelessly to improve the reading skills of the at risk students. They encourage students to read beyond the school day and support parents through conferences with them.
Superintendent Russell Reiter states, “Our staff members do many great things every single day to help both our students and each other. It is super that we are able to acknowledge their efforts this way.”

For more information on the Independence Community School District, visit their website: www.independence.k12.ia.us or call 319-334-7400.
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