November 2022 Heroes of Hope

Published On: November 17th, 2022

Grace Wagner, Laurel Lane Elementary

Grace supports not only the students she works with, but also the staff. She takes time to learn about her students and engages with them in a kind and supportive way each and every day. She always shows them love and respect no matter what challenges she may face. Grace has a positive attitude and has been a huge support to the students in my classroom. Grace jumped right into her new role, and I am grateful to work with her. She is always working together with me to meet their needs. I couldn’t do it without her.

Emily Olson and Susan Findlay, Berkeley Middle

Emily Olson (school nurse) and Susan Findlay (school social worker) have worked for weeks to ensure a student without glasses was able to obtain glasses. These tireless professionals found the necessary resources to pay for the glasses, arranged transportation for the family, and helped pick up the glasses when the family was unavailable to collect the glasses once they were ready. They have truly gone above and beyond in their commitment to ensure students are ready for school. I am so grateful to work with them!

Andrew Pfister, Transportation

I just wanted to reach out to share how exemplary our bus driver is! Each morning, he sets the tone for a positive day and builds a strong sense of belonging by greeting every child, one-by-one, utilizing their first name. He also maintains a safe and secure environment by building necessary structure on the bus while using positive reinforcement to manage behavior. It is apparent that he genuinely cares for the physical and psychological safety of the children on his route, and we feel so lucky to have such a wonderful model of leadership transporting our child to and from school!

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