Posted Date: 11/02/2020
Join us in celebrating the USD 413 staff members
selected to receive a district
Students First! Award
for going above and beyond expectations
to meet the needs of our students
Dave Warhurst, USD 413 Bus Driver
Bus drivers are the first people many of our students see every day, so besides getting students safely to school they also try to deliver them happy and with an attitude for learning. That means building positive relationships and Dave is one of the best at this. The kids love his sense of humor as he greets them getting on the bus. He welcomes them with a good attitude because some students’ days don't start in the best of ways, but he has a chance to change that and is usually the one who can get a child smiling again. Everybody likes Dave. He doesn't pretend, says it like it is, usually with a bit of humor, likes to tease and be teased in return. If another bus driver/rider needs help, Dave would be one of the first to come to the rescue. He is a great co-worker to have around! Across the district, he is known as one of the "favorites!"
Teri Markham, Food Service Director, Lincoln
Child Nutrition Director Terri Markham truly cares and is dedicated to providing healthy meals to students and staff. She engages with students while out in the buildings and assists her staff when needed. She manages 30 employees whom she leads by example to be a team player, striving to serve this district with hard work. She encourages staff to further their education through certifications for their jobs. At all times, she supports the needs of students and staff, but especially during the COVID situation when it took hard work and a positive attitude to work with district administrators, principals and staff to get a plan in place so students could continue to be fed while school was closed.
Brett Rinehart, Art Teacher at Chanute Elementary
Brett is a team player and a leader. At PLC, he calmly encourages us to figure out what we are asked to do. He’s worked hard to give the Star Buddies program more structure and is an excellent male role model for the students he volunteers to meet with. He’s always willing to step in to give advice and time and contribute to several cross curricular projects that require art. His work with the students is obvious in the quality of the art show each year. It is a joy to see the kids take pride as they see their work displayed. His extra effort doesn't just stop at the elementary school. He is also an excellent coach that sets an example for the high school students by his own habits.
Dairlee Bideau, second grade teacher at Chanute Elementary
Dairlee Bideau has shown great strength this year with all the changes taking place. She’s tackled technology head on and gone above and beyond of what is expected of her and her students. She’s incorporated technology in her classroom and in her life, not being afraid to try something new. Dairlee also helps out her team with so many great whole group teaching ideas. She’s shown us ways to keep students engaged and how to showcase all students. If asked to jump on one leg and sing the alphabet backwards, she will do it with grace and make it look easy. When thinking about great teachers, Dairlee Bideau always come to mind and I can't wait to see where she takes her class this year. She is Students First.
Kayla Molina, Paraprofessional at Chanute Elementary
As a Para, Kayla Molina has gone above and beyond trying to find out what things a student can and can’t do. She prepares and tries activities to show what students know how to do and then keeps increasing the rigor to see if she can find something that the students don't know.
Chelsea Kropp, Counselor at Chanute Elementary
Chelsea Kropp is always willing to help out when there are challenges in my classroom. She has great ideas on how to help students who are having a hard time. When she comes into my classroom for a lesson she’s always "on her game" with a positive attitude.
Mary Reilly, Science Teacher at Royster
I feel that Mary Reilly has jumped right in to a new situation. With all the challenges and stresses that comes with a new job, she has been enthusiastic, hard working and encouraging to everyone around her. She is a strong leader, has a great sense of humor and connects well with her students. She contributes to the science team and has a positive energy about her. I am so glad she is part of our Royster family.
Becky Colding, Secretary at Royster
Becky Colding is the human embodiment of #ChasingGreatness in the way she relentlessly serves others every day in every way. She approaches every situation with a positive attitude no matter the level of adversity it involves. Becky is extremely knowledgeable about all things middle school, from activities to practices and policies, which allows her to far exceed her job duties which are ever changing. Without a doubt, Royster is a better place with her in it.
Mindi Masoner, Counselor, Chanute High School
No words express how valuable Mindi Masoner’s role is behind the scenes in the counseling office. She does whatever is needed and never dreams of saying no if she believes it will help students. She’s responsible for wrapping up so many details, ensuring every student's transcript is accurate, student records are up to date, new students are welcomed, troubled students are directed to the right place and anxious students calmed while they wait. She does a million other little jobs with big value for many teachers and coaches. This past year she faced many personal and family challenges, yet she always responded to students and staff with kindness and genuineness. Our students are better off because of her contribution to CHS.
Andy Albright, PE Teacher and Wrestling Coach, Chanute High School
Andy Albright’s passion for teaching is evident in the way he makes learning a fun and positive experience. Andy makes each and every student feel like they are important and recognized. He has always made relationships with students the most important aspect of education. Regularly and consistently, he goes above and beyond the typical duties of an educator, spending time with students playing disc golf, hunting or fishing. When students had to stay home, Andy created personalized workouts with videos to send them, so they understood the physical lesson for those days they missed. He leads with kindness, and he makes sure any discipline is a teachable moment, which is conveyed through his demeanor. Andy’s approach to education has always been with a students-first mindset.