The following employees were selected for the December Excellence Award recognition. They were honored at the Dec. 12 school board meeting. Pictured from left to right are:
- Joan Hagist, paraeducator, Lincoln Elementary School
- Viktoriya Krasovskaya, Russian interpreter, and Elisa Iraheta, Spanish interpreter, Walnut Grove Elementary, multiple schools and special services department
- Christine Ingalls, teacher, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
- Neil Cummings, teacher and coach, Alki Middle School
- April Whipple, principal, Ogden Elementary School
The Excellence Award is given to five employees and/or small teams from October to May each school year. Nominations are open to staff, students, parents and community members. Nominees are selected for recognition by a committee of their peers.
Joan Joan, as she’s nicknamed, is known for having an unparalleled sense of humor and being an impeccable listener. She cares deeply about the small details that have a big impact on others’ lives. Both adults and children appreciate her soft skills. For one nonverbal student, spending time with Joan is so special that it serves as a daily incentive. For nearly 30 years she’s proved her positive impact in the district. Congratulations, Joan Joan, on reaching this latest milestone.
Congratulations to these staff members! They join the many VPS employees who have received Excellence Awards since 2007.