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District recognizes staff with Students First Awards for March

Posted Date: 04/08/2020

District recognizes staff with Students First Awards for March

Join us in celebrating the USD 413 staff members selected to receive a district

Students First! Award

in March

for going above and beyond expectations to meet the needs of our students 

Gloria Ruggles, CES secretary,gloria ruggles students first

Gloria is always cheerful and helpful regardless of any chaos taking place in the office. She’s weathered numerous administration changes in recent years with a smile. Whether I’ve needed help finding office supplies, fixing my clock, getting the laminator to work, Gloria stops what she is doing to assist. She even  re-scanned all my photos for a concert slide show.. She is the glue that holds the CES world together with a smile. And I know if I have a question, she almost always has the answer.


Abby Hughes, fifth grade teacher at Chanute Elementary

abby hughes students firstAbby always ‘goes with the flow’ of the classroom. When she received extra students one day due to a teacher being absent, Abby still kept the extra students working on common reading objectives by pulling out a game they could play that met the standards her class was working on. When she has challenging students in her classroom she pushes those students to do well and meets their needs when  they have a melt down.  Abby is an amazing PLC leader who guides our team into collaboration in a positive way. She remains real about issues that need discussed, yet always finds a way to bring us all back together on the same page. She shares ideas and makes sure subs are taken care of. She is truly a blessing to the fifth grade team.

Alison Morris, third grade teacher at Chanute Elementaryalison morris students first

I’ve worked with Alison as both a parent and a colleague. Her kindness and empathy both in and out of the classroom are second to none. Alison welcomed me with open arms into her classroom as a co-teacher. Working alongside her has made me a better educator. She collaborates with my special education team every day to ensure our students are getting the education they deserve. She embraces inclusion and embodies the vision of “Students First” as she works hard for all students every day. She is a blessing to our school and to our children!

Monica Melendez, paraprofessional at Chanute Elementary 

monica melendez students firstMonica Melendez is an asset to our first grade classroom and our school as a whole. She goes above and beyond expectations, always working to build a positive relationship with the students she works with. She has helpful ideas that improve our classroom and encourages the inclusion of all the students in our class. She sets a great example for the students.





Meagan Moyer, SPED teacher at Lincoln Early Learning Center

Meagan goes above and beyond for her own students as well as other children at the preschool. She is always meagan moyer students firstthinking of new ways to make learning fun for her kids and will ask her paras for input and ideas for the classroom. Meagan is willing to help in any way. She is one of the most compassionate teachers and treats every single child as though they were her own. Lincoln Preschool is lucky to have a teacher like Meagan.





Lesta Adams, bus driver, School Operations 

lesta adams students firstIf you looked up the word "kind" in the dictionary you would likely find Lesta's name and picture as an example. I have never heard anything unkind come out of Lesta's mouth about anyone! She is always ready and willing to help anybody out anyway she can! She cares so much about the students on her route and she puts out the effort to develop a personal relationship with each one of them. When she gets the CES students to school, she sends them off with a little cheer to get them ready for the day. To say she takes her job seriously is an understatement. She will always give you nothing less than her best!

Carrie LaRue, Royster English Language Arts teacher

Carrie is a quiet leader. Current and former students appreciate her honesty and ability toCarrie LaRue students first challenge them on their level. When leaving Royster one day, a high school chess player asked if he could put a note on her door. I asked if it was positive, and he exclaimed, "Yes, for Mrs. LaRue, it is always positive!" This person was not always the best student, and his statement clarified how many students love her because she is caring, no-nonsense, and has high expectations. She’s also gone out of her way to write me positive notes that I find in my mailbox each Monday, to help me through this tough retirement year. Carrie deserves this award!



Sheila Foster, Family Consumer Science  teacher at Royster

sheila foster students firstSheila is not only a teacher in the classroom but a teacher after school as well. She spends numerous hours preparing students for regional FCCLA competitions. That additional support has helped her students be extremely successful, and provided them with many opportunities beyond the classroom. This year she took 18 students to the regional competition and all of them qualified for the state competition. Sheila works hard to create exciting assignments like her cupcake wars. She also worked with other teachers on a cross-curricular activity that showcased students' creativity and incorporated multiple content areas. Shelia is also involved in the CNEA and works on district’s supplementals committee.







Linda Uden, Chanute High School secretary

linda uden students first A big part of Linda's job involves assigning and tracking detentions for various infractions, yet the students still love her. Linda genuinely cares about the students and staff. She takes temperatures, answers questions and puts others first. Her dedication to the job is evidenced by her 29 years of experience and almost perfect attendance. Linda is an amazing woman and the high school is lucky to have her.

Dustin Fox, English, Journalism, Leadership teacher at CHS

Dustin Fox knew that the web page was for the students and parents, and he worked hard dustin fox students firstto create it in a short amount of time, make it look good, and be something that students could easily use and access. He understands how to build relationships with his students and is always looking for ways to improve the culture of the school through his Leadership in Action class.