"Donna Edmonds moved from teaching Pre-K to 1st grade this year. She has transitioned with such grace and has become an instrumental part of the team. She takes on any challenge that comes her way and does it with kindness and compassion. She has created an incredible bond with her students, families and team. It is evident that she cares deeply for the students of Shady Grove."
Gems of Appreciation
"Adam Hermes was surprised at an impromptu staff meeting by being presented the Gem of Appreciation for January from the Central Office Team. Adam's official title is Director of Technology, but there is nothing that he isn't willing to do to support a teacher, student or fellow staff member. His servant leadership is what earned him the Gem of Appreciation."
"Bertram Elementary is extremely proud to recognize Mrs. Bremer, Pre-K teacher, as our November Gem! Mrs. Bremer is one amazing lady as she contributes in so many ways on our campus. Mrs. Bremer is always excited to see her students and her patience never wears thin. Her generous nature and loving heart helps to create a positive environment on our campus.
"Charlie goes above and beyond as a TEAM player. Charlie takes great care of our building maintenance needs. Charlie has, on three different occasions, come to transportation and assisted with emergency situations or answered phones and radios for us to leave due to a bus down while on route. None of these things are in his job description, however he is always here to help and support."
"Coach Perkins is kind and patient with students that can sometimes be the most challenging. His warm demeanor and consistency with students provides an environment in which they can succeed. For these reasons and many more, students enjoy taking his classes"
"As our district behavior specialist, Laura works to collaborate with teachers and instructional partners to improve student behavior. She is an amazing resource, bringing materials, intervention plans, and modeling the actions needed with students. We appreciate her dedication to do what is best for students and her willingness to help support us and the students that we serve"!
"Mr. Vann was nominated for consistently going the extra mile to help students and staff. His hard work is always steered toward the success of our students by teaching life-long skills to all students. He seeks to find ways to instill Spirit, Pride, and Honor in all students by supporting a multitude of programs including being a key advisor for BHS FFA.
"Riki is an awesome teacher who sparks curiosity in science. She connects with her students and is always in communication with parents. As a co-worker, Riki knows when we need encouragement. She knows when we need new ideas to try and knows the students and their background.
"Caitlyn goes above and beyond for her team and her students. She is always volunteering for new or upcoming events, planning lessons, or staying late to ensure that students succeed.
"I have witnessed the driver of Route 123 and her interactions with the elementary kids on her bus. On several occasions, both morning drop off and afternoon pick up, she helps the small students both on and off the bus. She greets each one with a smile and a hug.