Each month the PRIDE program allows the Board of Education to formally recognize the efforts of teachers, employees, and volunteers who are engaged in exceptional work across School District 308.
Teacher of the Month awards recognize contributions of excellence by two individual teachers. The March 2017 teachers of the month are: Tamarac “Tami” Maddox, a second grade teacher at The Wheatlands Elementary School; and Christopher Werve, the assistant band director for Plank Junior High School and Thompson Junior high.
Employee of the Month awards are given in appreciation of the ability of two employees to go above and beyond. The March 2017 employees of the month are: Paul Southwell, assistant principal for Boulder Hill Elementary School, who as a bilingual assistant principal works with both the Spanish and English speaking communities; and Susan Tiedt, principal for Fox Chase Elementary School.
To encourage and celebrate those who generously give of their time to support School District 308 and its students, the Board of Education also recognizes two Volunteers of the Month. The March 2017 volunteers of the month are: Marilyn Lichtenstein and Melissa Yackley. Lichtenstein, or “Grandma” as the students best know her, dedicates her time to quilting for veterans with the help of district fifth graders at Old Post Elementary School. Yackley has served for many years in various roles on the Parent Teacher Association at Boulder Hill Elementary School and has been a volunteer in the school at large.
A committee made up of various district groups and organizations selects each month’s winners. Committee members serve six-month terms.
If you know someone deserving of the award, you can nominate him or her using the link on School District 308’s website, phone app, or via mail. Details for the nomination process are also listed on the website. Any School District 308 colleague, administrator, student, parent, community member, or alumnus can make the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted.