First of all, I have to say Quyannasinaq! Truly a big thank you from my heart to yours. KIBSD does care and love our students and cares for each of their employees. My son and I have experienced a very difficult year with grieving and loss, and being cut off living in a rural area it can be a very isolating feeling. At inservice training Stewart gave a speech in regards to how KIBSD supports the students. It really got my attention and I really listened and said Lord is this the answer I'm looking for? It brought Johnathon Strong our youth advocate to mind and I texted him. He got back in touch and we talked, needless to say doors opened. Staff came and supported me and my son. Kendra and rural staff Quyanna for all your love care and support. I see the care and compassion in all you do. I'm grateful and thankful for having this opportunity to work with each and every one of you. Sincerely, Teresa Carlson a very grateful mother and happy employee.
Every time I interact with Kim, she stretches and encourages me. She made a trip out to Ouzinkie on Feb. 21 and shared lots of good ideas with me from her observations. I really appreciate her style in how she communicates in every situation I've seen her in. After her visit I am feeling motivated and excited to keep learning how to do my job better.
Out here in Danger Bay, when I am sick (I am the only teacher), my TA has to step up and do everything for kids from K-12th grades. There is no time to find a sub and fly them out here by the time I wake up in the morning and clock in sick (and, there are currently no subs available in camp.) So, Michelle steps up and takes over our entire school. She teachers our Kinder student (which is a full time job), overseas our upper elementary and middle school students for their daily assignments, and checks in with our HS students to make sure they used their day wisely. I know how hard this is because I have had to do it a few times when she has been out. It's EXHAUSTING. The diversity of needs and wants is overwhelming...and, you do not get one minute to even go to the bathroom. This week, I returned from In-service very sick and missed parts of two days of school. Without missing a beat, Michelle jumped in and made sure it was "business as usual" at school. She is extremely talented and I am extremely blessed to have her on my team out here.
After a week's long absence from work, Lynn brought me a special lunch of yummy crab lasagna. The small things are often the sweetest. Her thoughtful gesture brightened my work day. Thanks, Lynn!
Travis and Steve flew out to address various maintenance jobs that had been requested on School Dude. We were lucky to have them here all week. They worked very hard during cold weather to haul fuel from the air strip to our tank. We had been struggling with a boiler that just refused to work right and were able to get heat back in our rooms at the right temperature. They fixed 3 lights at the back of the school that no one else has been able to fix and there is light there for the first time this year. We knew Steve from past jobs and always welcome his friendly face and the way he works above and beyond what is necessary. We got to know Travis for the first time since we didn't get to see him over the summer when he was out and are happy to say he is just as great as Steve. While they were waiting for a plane to come out after their work was finished, Travis got out a scooter and made the kindergarteners day. Someone new to play with! Thanks so much, guys.
Sue is usually the first person that greets you when you enter KMS, she is pleasant and always willing to help. I've been in there several times when she's talking to students and she's courteous with them and very gentle. She is a great ambassador for our district and I appreciate her very much.
Mr. Hanna is in charge of Drama Club, and they were having a meeting at lunch. A student of mine really wanted to go, but she was too shy. I asked Mr. Hanna if it was okay if I brought the student to meet him during class so she would be more comfortable. He's always so busy, but he took time to sit down with her, and talk about her ideas and concerns. He was patient, kind, and incredibly welcoming. My student left the meeting excited to try drama. I am very grateful to Mr. Hanna for being generous with his time.
Mr Hecht has been such a great admin. He's helped be tackle some tricky discipline issues, and he always handles them in a positive way. His support has been invaluable.
In recognition of National Principals Month and all Phil Johnson does, we would like to #ThankAPrincipal by saying "thank you" to Phil Johnson. Phil's tireless efforts to find innovative ways to help students learn and support AKTEACH staff in becoming leaders in education is amazing. Phil is a leader, role model, and teacher. He stays grounded in the programs AKTEACH offers by being involved in all of them, embracing them with passion and perseverance. He makes certain that each staff member recognizes his/her worth, is challenged, and Phil appreciates what his staff does. We appreciate all you do, Phil! Thank you!
A big shout out to the KIBSD Technology Department for meeting our every need during district wide inservice. Each time I called with an issue, you responded quickly and came with a solution. Thank you for all you do to make our instructional programs work as smoothly as they do!
The high school is in the middle of administering the MAP tests. Mr. Fish has been so kind about taking time to help other teachers figure out the process. He never rolls his eyes, or sighs with exasperation, he is just a generous, patient coworker. He's a pleasure to work with.
I was working on TieNet (and struggling) when Mr. Smith walked into my class right at the right time! He was able to help figure out the paperwork printing issue I had. Thanks, Mr Smith! You are a great professional!!
Our IT department is Awesome! They made my day/week by going around the building to different sessions to ensure all our technologies were working for the presenters.
Peterson Elementary is getting new carpeting over the summer so we have had many of our rooms packed and cleaned up in preparation for this project.
Phyllis and Glen do many things that go above and beyond the call of duty every day, but one of the most special things is an annual graduation tradition.
Thank you again for the extra time and effort you have taken to make the dream a reality!
As I prepare to travel later in the week to support family, Liza and Laura came in this morning and delivered to my classroom a huge bag of travel items and the sweetest card.
I would like to recognize Bruce Adams and Kara Amodo for their development of an assignment tracking system that is helping Akhiok high school students keep track of due dates, assignments, and tests.
The staff, students and families of Larsen Bay School would like to acknowledge the maintenance crew of Kyle, Sam and Shane.
I think it is essential to recognize Lisa Robustellini's work as a KIBSD distance learning program co-teacher.
I thought it was essential to take some time to recognized Amy Peterson's commitment to her role as a co-teacher for the KIBSD distance learning program.
Thank you for your response to brighten our school and increase the safety for early morning walkers!
During the dark days of winter, she makes a point to spread her positivity to ALL employees at Peterson.
Main's library aide Cherie Osowski, exemplifies commitment, care and concern for student learning.
haron made my day by reminding me that all teachers go at the pace of their students.
Sharon made my day by reminding me that all teachers go at the pace of their students.
Thank you Ms. Schauff for your hospitable welcome along with everything else you do. You are very much appreciated!
Thank you Mrs. Foster for caring enough to take time for students and parents even on your own time.
I just want to give a big shout out to the Preschool Staff at Peterson Elementary.
I think that Michelle St. Clair is a fantastic Kindergarten teacher.
Kris Jones is my daughter's 2nd grade teacher and she is doing such an awesome job helping my daughter learn to love reading!
Cherie Osowski has done an incredible job as our Library Aide.
Colin is in his first year as Karluk's school psychologist at which he is doing a fantastic job.
I can't thank Christy enough for the time she spends with the district's students.
Desiree Smude helped me SO much by running the PTA meeting, coordinating bakers for the bake sale, volunteers for the Santa Shop AND doing the reindeer fliers!
Thank you Anthony White for supporting the rural schools with awesome VTC/Vidyo/Skype integration and always being there for us!
Thanks Tammy for helping me organize my "Strength in Number" bin.
Mrs. Megan Morris and Mrs. Sarah Berard are fantastic team members...
Margaret provided quality support for teachers and administrators for staff development to increase the capacity of our staff to meet student needs.
Justin Perkins has helped me so many times with computer issues this year.
Peggy Azuyak is an amazing person who demonstrates, daily, a "can-do" attitude!