2016 Gold Star Award Nominees

Gold Star Awards NominationsEach year, the Highline Schools Foundation solicits nominations from community members, district employees and parents for its prestigious and much-anticipated Gold Star Awards.

This year’s list of impressive nominees includes well-deserving teachers, staff, administrators and volunteers. Highline Schools Foundation congratulates them all, and looks forward to celebrating them at the Gold Star Awards BASH on St. Patrick’s Day (info below).

And the 2016 Gold Star Award Nominees Are

Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year

  • Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary, Teacher – Challenge, Grade 5
  • Andrea Haisch, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Casey Harney, Cedarhurst Elementary, Teacher – Grade 6
  • Breanne Johnson, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Judith Prado, Academy Of Citizenship & Empowerment, Teacher – World Languages/Spanish
  • Sarah Semroc, Mount Rainier High School, Teacher – Language Arts
  • Mohamad Shibly, Technology, Engineering & Communications High School, Teacher – Math
  • Lisa Snyder, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – Grade 5
  • Anna Webster-Stratton, Highline High School, Teacher – Language Arts

Outstanding Administrator Nominees

  • Susanne Jerde, Highline Public Schools, Chief Academic Officer
  • Robin Lamoureux, Parkside Elementary, Principal
  • Kyle Linman, Sylvester Middle School, Principal
  • Roberta McFarland, Waskowitz, Principal/Director
  • Nancy Melius, North Hill Elementary, Principal

Outstanding Classified Support Staff Nominees

  • Cindy Akana, New Start High School/Evergreen Campus, Career Program Specialist-Internships & Career Preparation
  • Kirstie Allen, Technology, Engineering & Communications High School, Office Assistant
  • Melanie Bowman Flores, McMicken Heights Elementary, Paraprofessional
  • Esther Brodin, Parkside Elementary, Paraeducator-Bilingual
  • Julie Burr, Highline Public Schools, Career Access Manager
  • Linda Elmore, Bow Lake Elementary, Paraeducator
  • Johnny Gannaw, Waskowitz, Success Dean
  • Ila Hewitt, Global Connections High School, Paraeducator
  • Chloe Hudson, Chinook Middle School, DHH Interpreter
  • Dolly Knuth, Highline CHOICE Academy, Paraeducator
  • Patty Swindle, North Hill Elementary, Paraeducator – Special Ed
  • Vicki Treakle, Shorewood Elementary, Office Manager

Outstanding Teacher Nominees
The Gold Star Outstanding Teacher will also represent the District as its Teacher of the Year in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction sponsored regional contest.

  • Jennevieve Acosta, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – EBC
  • Aaron Aker, North Hill Elementary, Teacher – Grade 3/4
  • Jessica Burtt, Gregory Heights Elementary, Teacher – Grade 1
  • Jamie Clawson, North Hill Elementary, Teacher – Grade 3
  • Thara Cooper, Parkside Elementary, Teacher – Music
  • Sukhwinder Dhami, Global Connections High School, Teacher – Special Ed/ILC
  • Emily Gunn, Bow Lake Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park Elementary, Teacher – PE
  • George Janecke, Gregory Heights Elementary, Teacher – Grade 4
  • Derek Severson, Midway Elementary, Teacher – PE
  • Lisa Shafer, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – Grade 5
  • Alexandria Skagen, Madrona Elementary, Teacher – Grade 4
  • Shane Stenesen, Highline High School, Teacher – Math
  • Reid Sundblad, Chinook Middle School, Teacher – PE
  • Dawn Tessandore, Highline High School, Teacher – Science
  • Sara Ullmer, Highline High School, Teacher – Science
  • Rodney Wallis, Mount Rainier High School, Teacher – Social Studies

Outstanding Volunteer Nominees

  • Elsa Benavides, Mount View Elementary, Classroom Volunteer
  • Mike Doughty, Community Volunteer
  • Kim English, Parkside Elementary, PTA President
  • Jennifer Lucero, Gregory Heights Elementary, Volunteer
  • Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights Elementary, PTSA
  • Debbie Panks, Beverly Park Elementary, Volunteer Tutor
  • April Swansiger, Volunteer/Violin Teacher
  • Debra Thoma, Cedarhurst Elementary, Volunter
  • Shane Vancamp, Hilltop Elementary, Volunteer
  • Betsy Wells, Highline High School, College Access Now Volunteer

Gold Star Awards BASH! on St. Patrick’s Day!

2016 Gold Star Awards BASH!The Gold Star Award WINNERS will be announced live Thursday, March 17th at the annual Gold Star Awards BASH! This red-carpet style event (21 and over) features a night of music, drinks, appetizers, and a LIVE announcement of the 2016 Gold Star Award winners. And this year, the fun will feature a special St. Patrick’s Day twist! You don’t want to miss it!

Event Details:   
Date:                  Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time:                  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location:            Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Headquarters, 605 SW 108th St., Seattle
TICKETS:         CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Whether you are supporting a specific nominee or just want to be in on the fun and be the first to hear who wins, this is the night to celebrate all the outstanding Teachers, Volunteers, Alumni, Staff and Administrators of Highline Public Schools! Drinks and light appetizers included for only $20!

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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