Newark City Schools wants to celebrate its many great staff members who are making the district a great place for opportunity and learning. Every week, NCS staff members "take 5" minutes to nominate a colleague who is going above and beyond. The nominees' names are entered into a random draw. The award winners are surprised at work at the end of the week, and we will reveal the weekly winners every Monday.
Congratulations to this week's winners:
Ross Matheny, 7th grade Language Arts Teacher at Liberty Middle School
His colleagues said he is continually motivating students to think critically and encourages them to be accountable and motivated to learn. He cares about all of his students and takes the time to educate, entertain and form relationships with them.
Amy McDaniel, Curriculum Department Secretary
Amy's colleagues said she is a team player and is always ready to take on a new task or learn something new. She is quick with a smile and always looks to help others out.
Allan Fordham, Assistant Maintenance Supervisor/Assistant Transportation Supervisor
Allan's colleagues said he is dependable and always available, works tirelessly and hard to bridge gaps in many departments.
Laura Fischer, 4th grade teacher at Carson Elementary
Her colleagues said she is the ultimate team player. She is welcoming to everyone who comes to the building, and is supportive, kind and caring. Laura is a mentor to both teachers and students.
Monica Moran, food service worker at McGuffey, Cherry Valley and Newark High School
Monica's colleagues said she looks for the best in others and is always putting the students first. She shows what a servant's heart looks like with her actions more than her words.
Ann Davis, Dean of Students at John Clem and McGuffey Elementary schools
Ann's colleagues said she is dedicated and hardworking, and always helps to find a solution. She demonstrates patience and a natural ability to build relationships with all students, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
- Mary Borgia, Gifted Coordinator at McGuffey, Ben Franklin, Cherry Valley and Wilson
Her colleagues say that Mary, along with her fellow Gifted Coordinators, travel between buildings to provide gifted enrichment opportunities for students in 4th and 5th grades, plus co-teaching a 6th grade gifted math group. They have also implemented a PETS talent development program for 1st grade students this year, and planned and executed an amazing enrichment day for 4th and 5th grade gifted students.
- Margaret Morris, Behavior Specialist at Heritage Middle School
Her colleagues said she goes above and beyond for the students and fellow staff members she works with.
- Angie Adkins, Principal at NCS Digital
Her colleagues said she has done an amazing job at NCS Digital and she goes above and beyond for staff and students. There is a positive energy at NCS Digital.
• Laurie Skapik, 1st Grade Teacher at Legend Elementary School
Her colleagues said she is a great friend and teacher, works hard to make sure learning is engaging, and helps solve problems.
• Carol Fink, aide at Newark High School
Her colleagues say she is a friendly face and handles daily tasks well.
• Andrea McVay, Principal at John Clem Elementary School
Her colleagues said she has done a wonderful job leading the building, is supportive and encouraging of staff members and goes above and beyond.
• Randa Carr, Intervention Specialist at Newark High
The colleagues who nominated Carr said "She is an incredibly dedicated worked who always does what needs to be done and often goes above and beyond the requirements." She is selfless and always willing to help.
• Michael Russell II, Mechanic at the Maintenance & Transportation Warehouse
Michael's colleagues said he works "relentless hours to keep the fleet up and running" and helps transportation in other ways. He continually goes "above and beyond a mechanic's responsibility."
• Nick Myers, Principal at Hillview Elementary
Nick's colleagues said he "wants what is best for everyone and he strives for success." He is a great mentor.
• Amber Dusenberry, Intervention Specialist at Newark Heritage Middle School
Amber was nominated as a "great mentor and friend." She is "a huge help to all of the intervention specialists" at Heritage, and "has been that positive light for all of us."
• Kelley Gallagher, Custodian at Wilson Middle School
The colleagues who nominated Kelley said she "goes above and beyond" in keeping the building clean. "She takes pride in her work and taking care of the teachers and their rooms on the floor." "She is one of the kindest souls I've ever met!"
• Laura Sluss, Principal at Legend Elementary School
The colleagues who nominated Laura said "she is patient, kind, and incredibly helpful and organized." "Laura's contagious positive energy spreads through our school on a daily basis."