Announcing the 2014 Gold Star Award Nominees

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And the Nominees Are … 


Outstanding Administrator Nominees

Heidi Geise, Assistant Principal, Pacific Middle School
Karin Jones, Principal, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Bruce Kelly, Assistant Principal, Raisbeck Aviation High School
Dr. Kristin Percy Calaff, Principal, Southern Heights Elementary
Don Waring, Executive Director, Human Resources
Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist

Outstanding Classified or Professional Staff Nominees

Marci Anderson-Youngstrom, Psychologist
Deputy Brian Barnes, School Resource Officer, Highline High School and Evergreen Campus
Marie Duxbury, Paraeducator – Special Ed, Bow Lake Elementary School
Faafiti Fiso, Bookkeeper, Chinook Middle School
Janel Gibb, Paraeducator, Pacific Middle School
Cindi Gilbert, Paraeducator, Gregory Heights Elementary School
William Iwen, Physical Therapist
Gurjinder Kaur, Paraeducator – Special Ed, Chinook Middle School
Andrea Love, Counselor, New Start High School
Barbara Moore, Paraeducator – Special Ed, Midway Elementary School
Stefan Nelson, Cultural Arts Specialist
Steve O’Brien, Paraeducator – Special Ed, Global Connections High School
Lolita O’Donnell, Student Placement
Shauna Pierson, Counselor, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment
Fran Pruett, Paraeducator, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Roberta Reardon, Occupational Therapist
Linda Simpier, Special Programs Manager, Transportation
Jayne Smith, Office Manager, Seahurst Elementary School
Rachel Strauss, Counselor, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Vicki Treakle, Office Manager, Shorewood Elementary School

 Outstanding Teacher Nominees

Aaron Aker, Teacher – Grade 4, North Hill Elementary School
Debra Banyai, Teacher – Grade 2, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Nancy Becker, Teacher – Grade 5, North Hill Elementary School
Chris Brooks, Teacher – Language Arts, Cascade Middle School
Erin Carlton, Teacher – Art, Highline High School
Kate Cassidy, Teacher – Language Arts, Pacific Middle School
Thara Cooper-Coughlin, Teacher – Music, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Timothy Crawley, Teacher – AVID/Business, Highline High School
Genevieve Fernandez, Teacher – World Languages, Health Sciences & Human Services High School
Kimberlee Goodman, Teacher – Grade 2, Parkside Elementary School
Josielma Hodge, Teacher – Grade 5, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Gerald Larkins, Teacher – Band, McMicken Heights & Bow Lake Elementary Schools
Alecia Mabalay, Teacher – Kindergarten, Parkside Elementary School
Tia Nguyen, Teacher – Grade 6, Midway Elementary School
Kathy Onorati, Teacher – Science, Pacific Middle School
Kit Remson, Teacher – Kindergarten, Shorewood Elementary School
Claire Waistell, Teacher – Band/Leadership, Sylvester Middle School
Steven Walker, Teacher – Band, Cedarhurst Elementary School
Karen Wilson, Teacher – Math, Raisbeck Aviation High School
Jeanette Yee, Teacher – Grade 4, Parkside Elementary School

Outstanding Volunteer Nominees

Steve Burke, Raisbeck Aviation High School
Steve O’Brien, Tyee Education Complex
Michelle Paulson, Gregory Heights Elementary School
Joe and Leslee Van, McMicken Heights Elementary School
Janet Williams, Firefighter, City of SeaTac
Cherie Trondson, Linda Elmore, Fuki Masuzawa, and Cheryl Forbes, Bow Lake Elementary School Parent and Community Group

The Gold Star Award winners were announced live at the third annual Gold Star Awards BASH on March 20, 2104 at the Production Shop. Created in 2012, this red-carpet style event (21 and over) features a night of music, drinks, appetizers, dancing and a LIVE announcement of the Gold Star Award winners.




Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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