Meritorious Service Awards » 2010 Recipients

2010 Recipients

The outstanding contributions of Central Valley School District employees and community members are recognized each year by the Board of Directors through the Meritorious Service Awards. Initiated by the School Board in 1985, the awards honor exemplary contributions by individuals and organizations toward student achievement and our district’s primary focus – learning and teaching. All of the nominees for Meritorious Service Awards were recognized at special celebrations at each Central Valley School District building. The Board announced and presented district-wide Meritorious Service Awards in each of the four categories on Monday, March 22, 2010. The recipients were selected from nominations submitted this year by colleagues, students and parents.


2010 Meritorious Service Award Recipients


Eric Parker, Central Valley High School - Certificated Employee 
Central Valley High School (CVHS) Director of Bands Eric Parker has remained an integral part of the program since he graduated from CVHS in the Class of 1996. Ten years later, Parker became the Director of Bands where he is highly respected by students, faculty and Band Boosters for his passion for teaching music and his dedication to the Band Program. Parker works tirelessly to advance the CVHS music program and offer extra opportunities for students to learn and experience community-wide music events to inspire their future as musicians.


Betty Foley, Learning and Teaching Center - Classified Employee
Although Betty Foley is the Central Valley School District (CVSD) Purchasing Secretary she has been instrumental in the launch and coordination of the Professional Development Training Program for all CVSD classified staff. Foley spends many hours organizing the classes and then she attends them. She is always striving to learn more to achieve excellence through education and to encourage other staff members to do the same. Foley’s co-workers refer to her as their inspiring “cheerleader” and greatly appreciate her workplace contributions.


MJ Bolt, Barker High School and HEART Program - Community Member/Organization
An active Central Valley School District parent volunteer and community volunteer, MJ Bolt was recently named Barker High School’s Community Liaison. She has headed many school and community events including “Barker Gives Back”, “Change Challenge” and numerous food drives. Bolt established the CVSD PTA Council’s “HEART in Hand” fund to provide much needed help to homeless families in the Central Valley School District. As a person who sees a need to help children and families, Bolt’s energy and heartfelt commitment to serve others has benefitted many in our community.


Fifth Grade & Special Education Team, South Pines Elementary - Team
Team members: Andrea Bennett, Jennell McLaughlin, Brandi Ottersen, Keri Watson, Aaron Wilhelm and Rose Wilson
This group of fifth grade and special education teachers has created a unique and successful model of teaching that truly addresses the needs of students first. Students are taught in subject blocks with flexible group dynamics for each block. Much of the program’s success is due to the “Team” concept. They collaborate as a team before school, after school and throughout the day. They support each other and their students in a safe and caring environment. Parent and student feedback has been enthusiastically positive. This team puts student learning first


2010 Meritorious Service Awards Nominees:


Elementary Schools


Broadway Elementary

  • Jamie Kaiser, Certificated Employee
  • Ron Overbeck, Classified Employee

Chester Elementary

  • Irma Gross, Certificated Employee
  • Kelly Anderson, Classified Employee
  • WSU Master Gardeners Youth Program, Community Member/Organization
  • SMART Coordinators Team (Toni Skeman and Mike Warner)

Greenacres Elementary

  • Supervisor Assistants Team (Karen Wheldon, Jennifer Monroe, Faith Czarapata, Jamie Owens, Stacy Boden, Roberto Davilla, Lori Melaas, Trina Fletcher, Caroly Gant, Kim Hermes, Linda Shea and Allan Culley)

Liberty Lake Elementary

  • Paula Barth, Classified Employee

McDonald Elementary

  • Carol Bray, Certificated Employee
  • Arlene Godfrey, Certificated Employee
  • Chris White, Community Member/Organization, Volunteer
  • Amy White, Community Member/Organization, Volunteer

Opportunity Elementary

  • Kellie Breslin, Certificated Employee
  • David Noll, Community Member/Organization, Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Kurt Bubna, Community Member/Organization, Eastpoint Church

Progress Elementary

  • Lynne Ludington, Classified Employee
  • Terri Stenson, Classified Employee
  • Karen Canfield, Community Member/Organization, Volunteer
  • Third Grade Teachers/Job Share Team (Paige Laws and Sharon Naccarato)

South Pines Elementary

  • Brandi Ottersen, Certificated Employee
  • Fifth Grade & Special Education Team (Aaron Wilhelm, Team, Rose Wilson, Team, Brandi Ottersen, Jennell McLaughlin, Andrea Bennett and Keri Watson)

Sunrise Elementary

  • Jan Tyson, Certificated Employee
  • Ken Wendt, Certificated Employee
  • Sandy Gass, Classified Employee
  • Chris Wyatt, Community Member/Organization, Parent Volunteer

University Elementary

  • Kelly Parsons, Certificated Employee
  • Nancy Johnston, Community Member/Organization, Volunteer
  • Office Staff Team (Leanne Rainwater and Kim Thies)

Middle Schools


Bowdish Middle School

  • Laverne Overbeck, Certificated Employee
  • Barry Borth, Classified Employee
  • Pam Kelley, Community Member/Organization, Parent Booster Club

Evergreen Middle School

  • Mike Ruscio, Certificated Employee
  • Nancy Davis, Certificated Employee
  • Jody Shogan, Certificated Employee
  • Marci Highley, Classified Employee

Greenacres Middle School

  • Sandy Phillips, Certificated Employee
  • Michelle Hamlin, Certificated Employee
  • Eva Waddell, Certificated Employee
  • Sue Gairson, Classified Employee
  • Kari Hansen, Classified Employee

North Pines Middle School

  • Kim Koch, Classified Employee


High Schools


Central Valley High School

  • Katie Louie, Certificated Employee
  • Brandon Mack, Certificated Employee
  • Eric Parker, Certificated Employee
  • Geri Bacheller, Classified Employee

University High School

  • Jane Scott, Community Member/Organization, Parent Volunteer
  • Counseling Department & Secretarial Team (Barbara Berkseth and Patty Maxwell)

Non-Traditional Schools & Education Centers


Barker High School

  • MJ Bolt, Community Member/Organization, Parent Volunteer

CV Early Learning Center

  • Karen DeRowe, Classified Employee
  • ECEAP Team (Barbara Sattler, Janice Ray, Karen Hittle, Cathy Greiner, Tracy Williams, Kristi Blackwood, Debbie Volkmann, Linda Mace, Peggy Finnicum, Katie Nesbitt, Melissa Salveti, Casey Lee, Brenda Dutton, June Chandler, Carole Burns, Almaz Ainnuu, Darey Bible, Martha Hood, Kathie Olson,Carolyn Tibbals, Laura Hanson, Allie Campbell, Melissa Haskins, Marion Schweisthal, Julie Crowley, Janice Rozella, Sue Hammond, Deb Bernhard, Suzy Lindgren, Brenda Briggs, Carol Gregory, Darlene Boyer and Kay Irons)

CV Kindergarten Center

  • Jeanne Termath, Certificated Employee
  • Lyle Hansen, Classified Employee

Learning and Teaching Center - District Office

  • Kari Gossett, Classified Employee
  • Betty Foley, Classified Employee
  • Colleen Field, Classified Employee

Summit School

  • Janet McDonald, Certificated Employee
  • Susan Peavey, Certificated Employee
  • George Moon, Certifcated Employee
  • Karen Livingston, Community Member/Organization, Volunteer
  • Mary Hartman, Community Member/Organization, Volunteer