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Special Staff Recognition Edition

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 at WDMCS

Staff Appreciation Reflection from Superintendent Remy

As I sit here today and reflect on the past couple of months the following three words come to mind: Hopeful, Inspired, Grateful.


Hopeful. I continue to be hopeful for the return of our staff and students to our buildings. I know the return will not be yet this school year and that makes me sad, but I choose to look forward to the days our halls are filled with reunions and laughter between students and staff.


Inspired. I am inspired by all the great work happening in our district. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for supporting our students! I know that vocalizing my appreciation for you is one small gesture; you deserve so much more. As I’ve said before, to me there is no greater career than educating students. The hard work you do deserves to be noticed and honored every day. During this unprecedented time your service to our students and families has not gone unnoticed. You quickly adjusted to providing continuous learning online. Thank you!


Grateful. I want you to know how much I appreciate your efforts. Every day, you face the challenge of educating our students because you understand that it is an investment in our future. Thank you for all you do to ensure that students leave our system possessing the critical attributes in the WDMCS Portrait of a Graduate.


Thank you for all you've done this past year, and continue to do, for our WDMCS students and families.


Lisa Remy, Ed.D.
Superintendent

WDMCS Message to Staff from Board of Education President

2020 WDMCS Message to Staff from Board President Lix Cox

Thank You Message from Staff Recognition Committee

2020 Staff Recognition Committee Thank You Message

Honoring our 2019-20 Retirees

Congratulations are in order to the following 17 staff members who have given of themselves, shared knowledge, and provided inspiration to thousands of students. Their contributions are rich and abundant!


Together they have served a cumulative total of 404 years in our district. We are thankful for these colleagues who have dedicated their lives to students in so many ways. They have played a key role in developing future citizens and leaders of the 21st century.


We honor and thank them for their service, for their caring, for their energy and vitality,
and for making a difference in students’ lives.

Craig Bittick

35 years

Language Arts Teacher at Valley Southwoods


What was a memorable story/event that took place during your service in the district?
The opening of Valley Southwoods Freshman High School. We spent a lot of time collaborating with staff and working with students. Because it was all new, students and staff had a shared experience that bonded us together.

Lisa Bivans

10 Years

Custodian at Stilwell Junior High


What book did you select to be donated to a WDMCS school library?
"Watchers" by Dean Koontz

Darla Boffeli

15 Years

Bus Driver with WDMCS Transportation


What book did you select to be donated to a WDMCS school library?
"The Night Gardener" by Jonathan Auxier

Greg Hitchcock

10 Years

Custodian at Crestview School of Inquiry School


What book did you select to be donated to a WDMCS school library?
"The Science of Cars" by Larry Heiman

Perry Kellogg

24 Years
Science Teacher at Walnut Creek Campus


What book did you select to be donated to a WDMCS school library?
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Complete Edition: Books 1, 2, and 3 Plastic Comb version, by Schmid

Kirsten McCauley

13 Years

Math Teacher at Stilwell Junior High


What plans do you have after retirement that you would be willing to share?
I would like to travel with my husband, spend more time reading, and live in the moment more.

Joan Miller

34 Years

Kindergarten Teacher at Fairmeadows Elementary


What plans do you have after retirement that you would be willing to share?
I have taken a part-time job with my church. I work with adults who want to learn about becoming Catholic. The job has a lot of flexibility and I get to build my schedule. I am thrilled for this opportunity!

Rhonda Neal

20 Years

Principal Secretary at Fairmeadows Elementary


What was a memorable story/event that took place during your service in the district?

I enjoy students and their problem-solving abilities. I remember one student who was habitually tardy. She decided rather than laying out her clothes the night before school, she would just sleep in them so she’d be ready in the morning. She might have been slightly wrinkled, but she wasn’t tardy again!

Leslie Nedved

25 Years
Social Studies Teacher at Stilwell Junior High


What plans do you have after retirement that you would be willing to share?

Sleeping in(!), being a stay-at-home kitty mommy, reading, binge watching, painting/remodeling, etc.… while I wait for my spousal unit to retire in two years.

Doug Neppl

20 Years
Transportation Specialist with WDMCS Transportation


What are your hobbies, interests, and talents?

I am a person with many talents, but I claim to be a master of none. I appreciate the district for being offered the positions I have held, and having confidence in me to show my detailed, organizational and personal skills. Aside from my computer skills, gardening, woodworking, plants and animals, wildlife and habitat, and making me more available for my kids and grandkids are the interests and hobbies.

Wade Petersen

15 Years

English and French Teacher at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School

What was a memorable story/event that took place during your service in the district?
In 2016, I was a top-five finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year from the Iowa Department of Education. I showed up to my interview dressed in the Napoleon outfit I use in my French classes during my unit on France. I have been President of the Iowa World Language Teachers Association, which represents all world language teachers in the state. I was also chosen as the Iowa High School Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.

Ann Reynolds

14 years
Teacher Librarian at Crestview School of Inquiry


What was a memorable story/event that took place during your service in the district?
I’ll always remember the outpouring of support for the Crestview family whose first-grader, Camryn Storbeck, lost her fight to cancer in 2014, which led to the evolution of “Camryn’s Corner” – a memorial shelf where library books and a handcrafted 3D dragonfly overhead honor her, a substitute teacher, the spouse of a local artist and their collective love for great books that lift our spirits.

David Schmidt

12 Years

Custodian at Valley High School


What are your hobbies, interests, and talents?
Never had time for a hobby. My interest was to be able to strive to get through from one challenge to the next of daily living.

Kelly Sherrick

21 Years
Kids West Assistant Leader at Fairmeadows Elementary


What book did you select to be donated to a WDMCS school library?
"Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum" by Dr. Seuss

Ross Sherrick

19 Years
Custodian with WDMCS Operations


What book did you select to be donated to a WDMCS school library?
"The List of Things That Will Not Change" by Rebecca Stead

Karla Snodgrass

31 Years
Sixth-Grade Teacher at Western Hill Elementary


What plans do you have after retirement that you would be willing to share?
I will continue with my hobbies – just spend more time on them. I currently have a Disney World trip planned when school starts in the fall. I also am going to Patagonia in February 2021.

Judy Snyder

35 Years

Kindergarten Teacher at Hillside Elementary


What was a memorable story/event that took place during your service in the district?
I was a part of the design team that helped plan Hillside. It was great to move into a new classroom, fully-equipped with the latest technology and beautifully designed with kids in mind (and everything I always wanted in a classroom.) Moving to full-day kindergarten in a fantastic space during my 20th year was truly memorable!
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