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2013 Recipients

2013 - Meritorious Service

Central Valley School Board members announced and recognized six district-wide 2013 Meritorious Service Award recipients during the Board meeting held March 26, 2013. The annual awards recognize outstanding service to students and are presented in four categories (Certificated Employee, Classified Employee, Community Member/Organization and Team.)

2013 Meritorious Service Award Recipients:

Leanne Donley, Central Valley High School – Certificated Employee

Leanne is described by her peers as, “having a gift for balancing students’ needs and development with the goals and philosophies of the school.” More notably, she is recognized for making a difference in the lives of future leaders. For more than 12 years, Leanne has been providing hundreds of students and staff with an unforgettable experience at Central Valley High School’s student leadership two-day “Make a Difference Camp.” Her dedication, professionalism, leadership and care for students energize them with determination to make a good school climate even better with their words, actions and attitudes. Leanne leads by example by leading post-camp activities to ensure the great ideas developed at camp are carried out to make a positive difference at CVHS.

Michelle Schimmels, McDonald Elementary – Certificated Employee
Michelle is highly dedicated to students with special needs and their socialization within the entire school community. In 2009, she started a program for Autistic students called Alternative Instruction which has been hailed a complete success. Michelle’s ability to change her students’ lives has an effect on everyone who works with her. Students, parents and colleagues alike admire, trust and respect her for her dedication, humbleness and her way of approaching life with a smile on her face and love in her heart. She is sought out for her expertise, admired for her forthrightness and has become a mentor to others.

Sandi Durrant, Broadway Elementary – Classified Employee
“Constant kindness and friendliness,” “epitome of grace under pressure,” “the calm amidst the storm” and “Wonder Woman” are all descriptions used by those who work with Head Secretary Sandi Durrant. Sandi goes well beyond her colleagues’ expectations as a head secretary. She is organized, thorough, always kind to everyone, and goes above and beyond in every way. She has a special heart for students who are in the office with a loose tooth, a broken heart, good work to share, or a slip that shows their behavior is improving. She has a great sense of humor and is truly a gift to Broadway and all who enter.

Dawn Faughender, North Pines Middle School – Classified Employee
Early to work and late to stay, Paraeducator Dawn Faughender is always ready to help out where needed. Rather than focusing on the clock, this special education para is more concerned with what her students need and how she can help meet those needs. Her efforts extend beyond the classroom and into the entire school and district. On her break times, Dawn has tutored struggling students who are too embarrassed to ask for help, but feel safe asking her. She works the game clock and scores for various sports, makes herself available for afterschool and Saturday Cub-Pride activities, and volunteers her time to share information about district ballot initiatives. She never gives up on her students and is always there to pick them up and keep them moving forward.

Dr. Roger Lent, University High School – Community Member/Organization
Dr. Lent has volunteered in science classrooms four days a week for the past 15 years, engaging and entertaining hundreds of students with his science demonstrations and songs. He has written more than 50 songs about science, set to various tunes over the years. He’s been a community servant his entire adult life. Dr. Lent is also Colonel Lent. He was a pilot in the Vietnam War, and returned to earn his PhD and teach Biochemistry at the Air Force Academy for more than 20 years. In retirement he taught at Spokane Falls Community College for 10 years, and then has focused his time helping students at University High School learn math and science. Students love his demonstrations and songs that engage and reinforce the concepts they learn in the classroom.

District Nutrition Services Team, Learning and Teaching Center – Team (members include Jeannette Beatty, Holly Berg, Farrah Johnson and Denice Kwate).
Good nutrition and well-fed bodies are an integral part of student achievement, and the Nutrition Services Team is committed to providing daily, beneficial nourishment to students. This team went through significant changes over the past year including new regulations, audits, a new ordering system and change in staff, yet they continue to provide excellence on multiple levels and provide the solid base needed for everyone to work well. The team visited all 22 schools to coach the various cooks in all areas affected by the changes. They work together and with staff and parents to ensure students get the best product possible. No matter the obstacle, breakfast and lunch are served properly within guidelines and on time. Their enthusiasm, thoroughness, kindness and patience are felt by students, parents and staff alike.

2013 Meritorious Service Award Nominees

Elementary Schools

Adams Elementary
Sherry Arland, Classified Employee

Broadway Elementary
Katie Ferris, Certificated Employee
Judy Polley, Certificated Employee
Sandi Durrant, Classified Employee
Sandy Wing, Classified Employee

Chester Elementary
Karen Helma, Certificated Employee
“It Takes a Village”, Team (Trudy Byus, Theresa Cutler, Irma Gross, Becki Herndon, Mike Hubble, Annette Lamon, Linda Maravilla, Tina Simpson and Sharon Watkins)

Greenacres Elementary
Greenacres All School Staff, Team

Liberty Lake Elementary
Pat Lutzenberger and Linda Dockrey of Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club, Community Member/Organization
K-Kids Staff Liaisons, Team (Julie Morgan and Jenni Spear)

McDonald Elementary
Kara Boyles, Certificated Employee
Carol Bray, Certificated Employee
Eric Dobney, Certificated Employee
Jan Frank, Certificated Employee
Michelle Schimmels, Certificated Employee
Mona Bak, Classified Employee
Tammy Mansfield, Classified Employee
George Berryman, Community Member/Organization
McDonald PTO Board, Community Member/Organization (Tera Beier, Denise Cajigas, Melissa Faire, Samantha Griffiths, Mary Sue Haberman, Sandie Lowry and Amy Stone)
Supervisory Team, Team (Scott Anderson, Mona Bak, Kathy Barton, Tammy Mansfield, Tonya Norris, Kathy Poffenberger, Nancy Rabideaux, Heather Raynor, Linda Sparley and Sharon Talarico)

Opportunity Elementary
Andrea Framstad, Certificated Employee
Mandi Poindexter, Certificated Employee
Suzanne Cooper, Classified Employee
Brenda Rennaker, Classified Employee
Ada LaClaire, Community Member/Organization

Ponderosa Elementary
Heather Brown, Certificated Employee
Colleen Nilson, Classified Employee

Progress Elementary
Matt Chisholm, Certificated Employee
Rozanne Caruso, Certificated Employee
Wanda Lewis, Certificated Employee
Progress Staff, Team

South Pines Elementary
Andrea Bennett, Certificated Employee
Marianne Mack, Certificated Employee
Jim Olson, Certificated Employee
Cheryl Chandler, Classified Employee
Stu Lee, Community Member/Organization
Sue Mellish and Cherie Hackney, Team (Cherie Hackney and Sue Mellish)

Sunrise Elementary
Sue McCollum, Certificated Employee
Greg Nicosia, Classified Employee
Carol Nevrly, Community Member/Organization
Therapy Support Team, Team (Corbin Anderson, Stacia Kapelke and Ali Vining)

University Elementary
Stephanie Martin, Certificated Employee
Barb Carlson, Classified Employee
John Langdon, Classified Employee
Leanne Rainwater, Classified Employee
Carolyn Schafer, Community Member/Organization
Educational Assistants, Team (Dani Crandal and Sandi Nelson)

Middle Schools

Bowdish Middle School
Roger Campbell, Certificated Employee
Nancy Dean, Certificated Employee
Pam Sperline, Certificated Employee
Ann Warner, Certificated Employee
Maureen Weisbeck, Certificated Employee
Angie Raninger, Classified Employee
Jerilyn Matthews and Sherry McLean, Community Member/Organization

Evergreen Middle School
Lori Klassen, Classified Employee
Carol Schuchart, Classified Employee
Sandy Call, Community Member/Organization
Caroline Hutto, Community Member/Organization

Greenacres Middle School
Nichole Clegern, Certificated Employee 
Mason Flemmer, Certificated Employee 
Cherie Holm, Certificated Employee
Sue Garison, Classified Employee
Teresita Kissinger, Classified Employee
Greenacres Middle School PTA, Community Member/Organization
Phil Champlin – HUB, Community Member/Organization 
Molly Merz, Community Member/Organization

North Pines Middle School
Dawn Faughender, Classified Employee

High Schools

Barker High School
Lynn Kovacich, Certificated Employee

Central Valley High School
Susan Dolan, Certificated Employee
Leanne Donley, Certificated Employee 
Life Enhancement Through Education in Music (LETEM) (Katy Dolan and Philip Howard), Community Member/Organization

University High School
David Smith, Certificated Employee
Tammy Lallier, Classified Employee
“The Dynamic Duo” Wendie Ramsey and Linda Tabish, Community Member/Organization
Dr. Roger Lent, Community Member/Organization

Non-Traditional Schools

Spokane Valley Learning Academy
Courtney Johnson, Certificated Employee

Summit School
Kamin Sandford, Community Member/Organization
Supervisory Team, Team (Gail Dickson, Cheryl Hepkema, Ian Irelan, Glenda Jelinek, Christina Jeromcheck and Tammie Kindley)

Educational Centers

Early Learning Center
Pat McKee, Classified Employee
Kitchen Staff, Team (Darlene Boyer, Brenda Briggs, Kay Irons, Natalia Meleshko)
OT/PT Staff, Team (Kristi Conley, Colleen Field, Kathleen Kellen, Holly Valley, Diana Voss)

Kindergarten Center
Cheri Johnson, Certificated Employee
Marylou Moglia, Certificated Employee
Ber Burkhalter, Classified Employee
Scott Doering, Classified Employee
Susan Hersburger, Community Member/Organization

Learning and Teaching Support Center
Patti Simmelink, Classified Employee
Debbie Ahlers, Classified Employee
Open Eye, Community Member/Organization
Pat Dockrey, Community Member/Organization
Nutrition Services Team, Team (Denice Kwate, Jeannette Beatty, Farrah Johnson, Holly Berg)
SunGard Implementation Leadership Team, Team (Susan Christenson, Jan Hutton, Jacque Johnson, Tim Nootenboom)