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2016 Recipients

2016 - Meritorious Service

"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world." – Shakespeare

Meritorious Service nominees were recognized by School Board members during special celebrations held in March 2016 in each CVSD school or building. On March 28, 2016, the board announced and presented district-wide Meritorious Service Award honorees in each category. The recipients were selected by board members from those nominated by colleagues, students, and parents below.

Congratulations to CVSD's 2016 District-Wide Meritorious Service Award Honorees: 


(Pictured L-R): Deputy Superintendant Jay Rowell, Planning Principal Jerrol Olson, Evergreen MS Assistant Secretary Marci Highley, Greenacres MS Counselor Janet McDonald, Opportunity Teacher Brandon Dunn, Evergreen Head Secretary Janet Hall, Valley Assembly Pastor Kent Mankins. Not pictured: Gonzaga Law School Jeff Geldien.)

Brandon Dunn, Certificated Teacher, Opportunity Elementary: 

Brandon goes above and beyond in making connections with parents, students, staff and the community. He recently worked with a team from Active4Youth to implement the district-wide cross country program. Brandon provided suggestions how to make the program work, trained teachers, worked on grant monies, and helped run a very successful program—giving 1,200 CVSD students an opportunity they may never have had. Brandon works extremely hard to provide the best for all students in this district. The program turnout was incredible and helped promote physical activity after school. By nature, he is extremely positive and hardworking. CVSD is lucky to have him on the team.

Janet McDonald, Certificated Counselor, Greenacres Middle School:

Janet's heart for students is unparalleled, and students love her.  She shows a genuine interest in their welfare and goes to great lengths to assure they’re given every support and opportunity—both academically as well as socially and emotionally. She’s an amazing counselor with impeccable skills, who sacrifices of herself for students every day. An excellent listener, she has genuine compassion for people. Every interaction exudes her caring for others.

She makes school fun by celebrating important things in kids’ everyday lives. She not only assists students with exercises to better focus and concentrate in the classroom, she shows parents how to conduct these at home. Countless students have found success in school and in life because of her interventions on their behalf.

Janet’s energy is tireless. Last year she ran an afterschool program teaching Bal-Vis-X exercises to help

students build rhythm, body awareness, brain activity, and social skills. She spends long hours at school—the last and first one here. Anywhere support is needed, she is there.

Janet Hall & Marci Highley, Classified Head & Assistant Secretary – Evergreen MS:

In preparation for Evergreen’s move to Evergreen West, Janet and Marci went above and beyond to make the move as smooth as possible. On the last day in Evergreen East, students went home with 2nd Qtr Report Cards, a Ground Breaking Ceremony was held, and the school packed-up to move over the weekend. Completing grades is usually the extraordinary task at the end of the quarter – let alone moving a school and hosting a ceremony – they were instrumental in making this happen.

Activities normally done to start off the school year had to be performed once again. New schedules for 3rd Qtr at Evergreen East, then three days later, new schedules for Evergreen West. Every student's bus route and stops were entered. Maps were made. Plans were laid out. Janet and Marci worked tireless hours outside of the regular school day. The move was successful due in large part to the support they provided the administrative team, teachers, students, and parents. What makes this team exceptional is their ability to be given some direction and just make it happen. Their ability to predict needs and their background knowledge is invaluable. Most people simply do not know how lucky Evergreen is to have such a dedicated and loyal team.

Gonzaga University Staff & Faculty, Community – Opportunity Elementary:

Many Opportunity students live in a lower socioeconomic status—lacking resources to properly maintain personal hygiene and brush their teeth regularly. The school recognized the need to educate about healthy lifestyles and contacted Jeff Geldien from Gonzaga Law School to ask if traveling employees could gather travel-sized shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, toothbrushes, etc. Weekly without fail, Jeff finds bags of supplies, anonymously left on his desk. Not only travel-sized, but also personally purchased supplies and funds donated to fulfill areas of need. Students love having fancy shampoos and conditioners. Most students keep their tooth brush at school due to home conditions. Fifth graders come to school early to brush their teeth and also after lunch. Gonzaga staff’s generosity has gone above and beyond for the past two years to meet students’ basic needs –enabling them to come to school ready to learn – reflecting in their self-confidence and attendance.

Valley Assembly, Community – Progress Elementary School:

Annually for at least a decade, Valley Assembly donates approximately 100 backpacks loaded with school supplies by the appropriate grade level for Progress students. These backpacks go to new students and any students who cannot afford supplies. This breaks down a barrier for these students enabling them to learn. Valley Assembly has opened their doors for Progress Elementary to perform their annual Christmas performance at their church on the large stage with an outstanding lighting and sound system. This large, well-attended performance allows everyone to have a seat. Valley Assembly also goes out into the community to assist students with significant need. 

LTC Moving Team (Summit to Barker) - Learning &Teaching Center:

Though perhaps not an ideal situation for a school community to move buildings in the middle of a teaching year, the excellence in which the LTC Move Team planned, prepared for, communicated about and participated in the moves (x5!) was extremely impressive, highly respectful, and executed with precision. Many hours of communication and brainstorming must have occurred to orchestrate such an endeavor. Just as importantly, their commitment greatly enhanced the morale of school staff and parents during this adventure. The teacher that nominated them felt very much respected by having so many administration and support personnel show up to help with all the hard work – giving up their weekends right along staff with positive attitudes and smiles while they worked  – team players for the greater good. They showed a commitment to "high quality learning" by assisting teachers and school staff so that the important job of teaching and serving students could continue as close to normal as possible—putting students first.


Congratulations to CVSD's 2016 Meritorious Service Nominees: 

Adams Elementary School
Certificated LeAnna Watkins, Teacher
Classified Marcia Haney, Library Assistant
Community Nancy Chevigny-Dahlke, Volunteer
Bowdish Middle School
Team Bowdish Kitchen: 
Vivianne Gouin
Shari Hicks
Sarah Cornell
Team Lion King Directors: 
Heather Brown - Ponderosa
Raelyn Toth - Bowdish
Certificated Kyle Schafer, Teacher
Community Andrea Benson, Volunteer
Broadway Elementary School
Certificated Analisa Holcomb-McCann, Teacher
Certificated Penny Neste, Teacher
Certificated Judy Polley, Counselor
Certificated Lloyd Stallings, Dean of Students
Classified Sue Ewan, Supervisor Assistant/Assistant Cook
Classified Jonathan Mickelson, Supervisor Assistant/Custodian
Classified Sandra Wing, ParaEducator
Community Madelynne Bafus, Spokane Valley United Methodist Church Volunteer
Community Anne Oswald, Volunteer
Community Broadway Parent Teacher Organization:
Bobbi Robinson
Katelyn Davis
Samantha Foreman
Tabatha Copeland
Shani Newkirk
Ashley Campbell
Team Broadway Playground Supervisory Team: 
Sue Ewan
Chie Damico
Kathy Meza
Jon Mickelson
Lindsay Oxford
Bobbi Robinson
Valerie Lester
Cori Frederick
Tina Gering
Sandy Wing
Michelle Womack
Team Broadway Secretaries:
Jessie Finchum - Head Secretary
Carolyn Smart - Co-assistant Secretary
Linda Tabish - Co-assistant Secretary
Team First Grade Teacher Team:
Dixie Banta, Teacher
Kathy Hudson, Teacher
Analisa McCann, Teacher
Amanda Miller, Teacher
LesLee Sanders, Teacher
Central Valley Early Learning Center
Certificated Jennifer Long, Teacher
Classified Lorene Santoro, ECEAP Educational Assistant
Classified Kari Sheldon, Child Care SA
Central Valley High School
Certificated Heidi Averett, Special Services Counselor
Certificated Charles Bowden, Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Certificated Heather Galloway, Teacher
Certificated Deanna Ristau, Teacher
Certificated Jennifer Stalwick, Teacher/Coach
Classified Mona Bak, ParaEducator
Classified James Breslin, Building Support Tech
Classified Colleen Gulseth, ParaEducator
Classified Suzy Orth, Head Secretary
Classified Robert Smallwood, Custodian
Classified Lorraine White, ParaEducator
Community Ron Hawkins and Mike Laws, Volunteers
Community Erik Smith, Volunteer Photographer
Team CVHS Accreditation Committee:
Mike Amend - Dean of Students
Corey Anderson - Counselor
Robin Barnhart - Teacher/Admin Intern
Duane Barnhart - Teacher
Tricia Campbell - Asst. Principal
Vince Eberly - Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Bernie Hite - Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Karissa Jacobson - Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Katie Louie - Asst. Principal
Eric Parker - Teacher
Freddie Rehkow - Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Adrienne Schoenberg - Teacher
Kathryn Teske - Teacher
Randey Thompson - Asst. Principal
Kaye Wood - Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Central Valley Kindergarten Center
Certificated Kasi Miller, Teacher
Classified Ellen Murphy, Assistant Secretary
Community Central Valley Kindergarten Center Parent Teacher Organization: 
Kate Vaughan – President
Kyla Mowrer – Vice President
Amanda Ferguson – Treasurer
Karen Dick – Secretary
Tara Greene – Box Tops Chair
Terra Hill – Communications
Heather Carroll – Family Fun
Angi Comstock – Fundraising
Emily Bafus – Teacher Appreciation
Team LAP Instructional Team: 
Deb Griffith - LAP Reading Teacher
Lorelei Plagman - LAP Reading Para-Educator
Chester Elementary School
Certificated Denise Kennedy & Bonnie Davis, Teachers
Certificated Carrie Kuhl, Teacher
Classified Denise James, Secretary
Classified Christy Kenney, ParaEducator
Evergreen Middle School
Certificated Allen Kohler, Teacher
Community Scotty Smith, Robotics Volunteer
Classified Janet Hall, Head Secretary
Marci Highley, Assistant Secretary
Greenacres Elementary School
Certificated Kelly Canup, Teacher
Certificated Justin Collyer, Teacher
Classified Donald Shenk, Supervisor Assistant
Community Krystie Todorovich and Mike Spencer, Spokane Valley Partners Volunteers
Team Special Education Resource Services Teachers:
Wendy Bucknell, Primary Extended Resource Teacher
Junei Michelbook, Intermediate Extended Resource Teacher
Rachel Reiber, Resource Services Teacher
Anjie Lake, Resource Services Teacher
Greenacres Middle School
Certificated Natalie Foster, Teacher
Certificated Cheryl Holm, Librarian
Certificated Laura Hull, Assistant Principal
Certificated Brianne Kirsch, Teacher
Certificated Janet McDonald, Counselor
Certificated Patrick Moore, Teacher
Classified Lynn Hicks, Education Assistant
Team 6th Grade:
Nichole Clegern, LA/History and Royce Meyers, Math/Science
Team Secretarial Staff: 
Kathi DeMaine Head Secretary
Kim Scott, Assistant Secretary
Linda Wohlers, Assistant Secretary
Horizon Middle School
Certificated LeAnn Bianco, Teacher
Certificated Cory Siddoway Teacher
Tania Johnson, Tiffany Florez:  Teachers
Tony Collins, Amy Holland:  ParaEducators
Ammie Hatch, Mick Reese:  Behavior Intervention Technicians
Learning and Teaching Center
Classified Lori Deckard, Secretary
Classified Lisa Riordan, Human Resources
Team Maintenance Tradesman Team: 
Mark Weis, Maintenance Director, Ray Siegel - carpenter; Darrell Blank - carpenter; Brian Catron - locks/keys & carpenter; Tom Lucas - plumber; Zach O'Reilly - plumber; Charlie Baker - HVAC; Mack Crane - HVAC; David St. John - electrician; Joseph Bach - electrician; Bill Coder - grounds; Jim Westover - grounds; Eric Bartholomew - delivery; Tim Conces - telecommunications; Sam Rogers - General Maintenance Technician; Greg Romey - Sanitation engineer; Jeff Kanzler - mower; Taylor Parkhill - mower; our summer crew includes Linda Langsett - painter; Jimmie Glasco - Painter; Patti Sager - grounds; Cathy Sturman - grounds; Kevin Sheffield - grounds and Mary Sherrodd - HVAC
Team Moving Team - Summit to Barker:
Deputy Superintendent Jay Rowell, Planning Principal Jerrol Olson, Operations, Cabinet, Professional Development, Technology & more…
Team Technology Department:
Rob Curnow, Scott Allen, Dale Alling, Laura Bellagio, Doug Bragg, Jim Breslin, Steve Coffman, Jeff Gibford, Chris Jorgensen, Micah Kennemore, Chris McKahan, Kendall Richardson, John Toothaker
Liberty Lake Elementary School
Certificated DM Freed, Counselor
Certificated Jen Tesky, Assistant Principal
Team 2nd Grade Team: 
Kellie Ackerman,  Teacher
Lora Lynn, Teacher
Brandon Olson, Teacher
Kelly Radmaker, Teacher
Aimee Schulhauser, Teacher
Katrina Stewart, Teacher
Jennifer Spear, Teacher
McDonald Elementary School
Certificated Aaron Dahlgren, Teacher
Certificated Janine Frank, Teacher
Classified Traci Brown, ParaEducator
Classified Deanne Mellen, Head Secretary
Community Annette Dooley, Volunteer
Community Jenni Spedick, Volunteer and Parent Teacher Organization
Team Comprehensive Instruction ParaEducators:
Angela Oliver- ParaEducator
Scott Anderson- ParaEducator
Deborah Toews- ParaEducator
Michelle Bonesteel- Interpreter
Mica Peak High School
Certificated John Griffiths, Teacher
Certificated Morgan Jones, Learning Specialist
Certificated Rustin Lee, Teacher
Certificated Taunya Luckey, Teacher
Certificated Christa Neumann, School Nurse
Certificated Danielle Stroe, School Psychologist
Community Will McCain, One Church Volunteer
Community AJ Sanders & Paige McGowan, Volunteers
Community Sheree West, Volunteer
North Pines Middle School
Certificated Lisa Harding, Teacher and Athletic Director
Certificated Shannon McGowan, Instructional Coach
Certificated Beth Weinrich, Teacher
Classified Julienne Arlt, ParaEducator
Classified Joe Lee, Custodian
Opportunity Elementary School
Certificated Brandon Dunn, Teacher
Certificated Dawn Hiebert, Teacher
Certificated Lloyd Stallings, Dean of Students
Classified Mary Scott, Supervisory Assistant
Community Gonzaga University Staff and Faculty
Community Rachel Wilson, Parent Teacher Organization President
Team Opportunity Kitchen Staff: 
Lorrie Whitney- Head Cook
Chris Curry- Assistant Cook
Rich Colman- Assistant Cook
Tammy McMahon- Assistant Cook
Team Opportunity Playground Supervisory Team:
Elizabeth Belcher, Supervisory Assistant
Kathy Hansen, ParaEducator
Diane Pindras, ParaEducator
Sean Caulford, Supervisory Assistant
Mary Scott, Supervisory Assistant
Kellie Nordquist, Supervisory Assistant
Ponderosa Elementary School
Certificated Shirley Brick, Teacher
Community Nate and Staci Manos, Volunteers
Progress Elementary School
Certificated Alisha Alsaker, Instructional Coach
Certificated Gwen Cadwallader, Teacher
Classified Jerry Andersen, Bus Driver
Classified Diane Birkner, Special Education ParaEducator
Community Valley Assembly Church
South Pines Elementary School
Certificated James Olson, Teacher
Classified Marcia Haney, Library Assistant
Classified Tracy Kinney, Para Educator
Classified Angela Moeller, ParaEducator
Team Gwen Meldrum - 4th Grade Teacher
Andrea Friberg - Resource Teacher
Spokane Valley Tech (SVT)
Classified Birgit Hodgson, Secretary
Team SVT/Mica Peak Language Arts/Social Studies: 
Karen Kielbon- Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at SVT 
Jana McKnight- Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Mica Peak HS
Summit School & Spokane Valley Learning Academy
Certificated Shelly Mackie, SVLA Coordinator & K-12 Teacher
Certificated Walt Clemons, Principal
Certificated Jamie Mikelson, Instructional Coach
Certificated Sheri Potts, Teacher
Community Robin Cummings, Volunteer
Team 2nd Grade Teaching Team:
Jennifer McDonald-2nd grade teacher
Zenita Bockstruck-2nd grade teacher
Team Summit/SVLA Crew
Sunrise Elementary School
Certificated Deena Allen, Assistant Principal
Classified Earl Chapman, Bus Driver
Community Judy Demand, Library Volunteer
Team Counseling Team: 
Rose Francis  - Counselor
Veronica Risken-Oakes - School Social Worker
Team Special Services Transportation:
Cathy Sturman, Bus Driver
Missy Bakken- Bus Assistant
Classified Jerry Andersen, Bus Driver
Classified Earl Chapman, Bus Driver
Team Special Services Transportation:
Cathy Sturman, Bus Driver
Missy Bakken- Bus Assistant
University Elementary School
Certificated Nancy DeLaurentis, Librarian
Certificated Andrea King, Occupational Therapist
Certificated Carrie Porter, Teacher
Certificated Lauren Waterbury, Teacher
Classified Marcia Haney, Library Assistant
Classified Christine Larkin, Supervisory Assistant
Classified Jesus Moreno, Custodian
Classified Andrea Wilson, Assistant Secretary
University High School
Certificated Kerri Ames, Assistant Principal
Certificated Hana Miller, Dean of Students
Classified Harvey O'Conner, Head Custodian
Team 9th Grade CORE/AVID Team:
Jenny Bryant, Counselor; Ernie Aguilar, Counselor; Alexis Carter, Teacher; Leah Grisafi, Teacher; Mary Hansen, Teacher; Rick Pettibone, Teacher; Wendy Mandere, Teacher; Josh Nichols, Teacher; John White, Teacher; Allison Bartlett, Teacher; Heather Chronister, Teacher; Michael Connelly, Teacher, Hana Miller, Dean
Team University High School Staff and Administration