We have amazing staff who are working hard for our students! Manny Scott told us Your attitude determines your altitude. We want to know how a staff member “flies high” and does wonderful things for our students! Click here to nominate a staff member!
Gregory Sykes: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to Greg Sykes for being someone whose positive attitude is uplifting. His nominator writes, “I was having an episode of negativity and Mr. Sykes first asked if I was okay. I told him how I was feeling. He then said with his friendly smile, look for the good and pull them aside and talk— get to know them. I needed that reminder today.” Thank you Greg for lifting up students, staff and families. You are truly a high flier for Waterloo Schools!
Vanessa Nolan: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to Hoover’s Vanessa Nolan for being someone whose positive attitude makes her a recipient of the High Flier Award! Vanessa has a big heart. She goes out of her way for any child. You can always count on her, as she puts her kids’ needs first. Her nominator writes, “They all love her and look up to her for everything. She spends countless hours always making sure they are happy and is always there for all of her students. If she knows there is something any child needs and they can’t get it, she will take her own money and time to make sure they have it when they need it.” Another nominator says she always has a positive behavior response to any challenge a student might present. Thank you, Vanessa, for flying high!
Ryan Black: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to Central’s Ryan Black for being a recipient of the High Flier Award! Ryan always puts forth a welcoming and upbeat attitude. He genuinely cares about each student and makes it a point to make them feel valued. He goes out of his way to make positive contacts with students. One of his nominators writes, “Ryan went outside to the sidewalk on Friday to give each student a fist bump, greet them with a smile, and share kind words to send each student off on a high note for the weekend. His smile was contagious! Students left school obviously feeling good about themselves and school.” Another nominator says, “Mr. Black goes above and beyond every day for his students and team. He created a 7th grade PBIS incentive cart (known as the Charger Cart) to reward all 7th grade students twice a week in their Skills classes for positive behavior. He monitors and oversees the student leaders who help out with rewards and prizes, encourages teachers to participate by giving out Charger Cash for exceptional behavior, and provides an overall sunny demeanor to our building every day!” Thank you, Ryan, for being a High Flier!
Jamie Harrings: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to Carver’s Jamie Harrings for being someone whose positive attitude makes her the district’s first recipient of the High Flier Award! She is a teacher described as always upbeat. As a band instructor, she keeps a positive tone in her voice and is a champion to not only our students but the staff and our district as well. She goes out of her way to support the systems we have put into place this year at Carver and leads by example. Jamie had a rough beginning of the year as her family had suffered a major fire of her childhood home. She did not let that tragedy keep her from being an upbeat leader taking care of business at home as well as business at work. She showed by example that tragic events don’t have to keep you down or keep you from doing what needs to be done EVERY DAY with a smile. Jamie is the first one to offer help to others when they are dealing with difficulties both in and outside of the work day. Thank you, Jamie, for helping us all fly high!
Jami Nott: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to Poyner’s Jamie Nott for being someone whose positive attitude makes her a recipient of the High Flier Award! Her nominator and former Highland co-worker writes, “I admire her ambition and dedication to Waterloo Schools in an instructional coaching position. Her impact at Highland still remains.” Jami pushes herself to grow professionally and that dedication helped her land her current role as a literacy coach at Poyner. Thank you, Jami, for elevating all of our work in the district to a higher level. Congratulations on being a high flier!
Ashley Reimer: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to West High’s Ashley Reimer for being a recipient of the High Flier Award! Ashley is a Performance Based Diploma Academy or PBDA Coordinator at West. It is a job which requires her to balance many things throughout the day. She is constantly on the move, engaged with students in and out of class and helping keep the academy running smoothly. She is quick to assist those in need, listens to concerns with an open mind and willingly seeks ways to improve herself and the climate of West. For example, in just one morning, Ashley helped subs in three PBDA classrooms, worked with a 5th year student on graduation options, monitored the halls to encourage students to be on task, helped engage some students who were losing focus and answered PBDA support staff questions and concerns. Ashley takes on so much, yet always stays upbeat and positive!
Krista Platte: Manny Scott said “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Congratulations to East High’s Krista Platte for being a recipient of the High Flier Award! Krista works to help every student in ways that go above and beyond a teacher’s job description. She forges relationships that positively impact our students beyond classwork. Her nominator writes, “I have seen very few, if any, colleagues who work so continuously to make our students’ world better and to set them up for their future.” Krista has truly stepped in as a “second mother” for many students. Her influence is clear in the fact that she had students ask her to walk out with them on Senior Night at basketball. Thank you, Krista, for flying high in Waterloo Schools!
Click here for past My WHY Recipients.