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CH-UH Recognizes Tiger Team Members of the Month for January

Jan. 26, 2024 -- The theme across the CH-UH School District this year is Believe. In that spirit, each month CH-UH is recognizing employees who go above and beyond to inspire one another to "believe" and create a culture of excellence in our district.

For January, CH-UH is honoring 12 people/groups as the “Tiger Team Members of the Month”. Each honoree was nominated by a colleague--and in some instances multiple colleagues--and the nominees were then voted upon by a staff committee.

The honorees will be recognized at the Board of Education regular meeting on Tuesday, February 6.

BOE/Bus Depot/Millikin: Scott Smith
Scott has been providing leadership and management for the transportation department beyond expectations. He ensures that routes are covered every day, including personally filling in for driving routes daily. When he is finished, he promptly returns to the office, where he diligently answers telephone calls and emails. He even came in over the weekend of the snowstorm to get our swim team to their league meet. He is the driving force behind the smooth operation of Transportation.

Boulevard: Mira Arbreton
Mira is an incredible paraprofessional. Her positive attitude, energy and willingness to help is truly valued here at Boulevard. Thanks for all that you do!

Canterbury: Kathleen Butler
As a brand new teacher to Canterbury, Kathleen has shown her students structure, love, compassion and resiliency. She has a classroom that is student centered and gears her lessons and activities to their interests. She is a rockstar!

Delisle/TVA/IT: Jeff Porter
Mr. Porter and his students came to the rescue and assisted one of our families experiencing homelessness. The family car, which they heavily depend on, was not working due to a missing serpentine belt. Mr. Porter and his auto tech students made the repair and even serviced the brakes and changed the oil. The family was beyond grateful and the grandmother baked a cake for the students to express her gratitude. Mr. Porter is passionate about the tech program and the Heights community.  

Fairfax: Kristi Glasier
Kristi goes above and beyond for her students and her colleagues every day. She is dedicated to her students' learning, She is always looking for ways to improve her teaching. She is helpful to her colleagues and will always step up and take one for the team. She is leading our student council and is doing such an excellent job with making sure that the students' voice is represented. Her work ethic is unrivaled.

Gearity: Karlene Sa'ad  
Mrs. Sa'ad is in her third year of working with the Gearity teachers and has done an excellent job of becoming a vital member of the building support team. She works one-on-one, in teacher teams and with the whole staff on analyzing their practice so we can improve student academic achievement. She most recently facilitated a whole group professional development session on differentiation for all of the teachers. Mrs. Sa'ad has also helped roll out our student goal setting process and will be participating in the District goal setting committee. What an asset!

Heights High: Tory Wenson
Tory has a strong connection with her students. After their classmate NaRayia Thomas passed away, she kept them together and helped them heal by allowing them to make a memorial to her in her classroom. The strength and support she provides her students is remarkable.

Monticello: Angela Coleman-Kirkland
Mrs. Kirkland truly is a team player. Ms. Kirkland is always willing to help wherever needed, and she is an instrumental guide for our new staff. She runs our Leading Ladies student group and does community service with our girls. She covers classes when needed and is often lending a hand to others.

Noble: Marie Jefferson
Ms. Jefferson is amazing. She is one of our lunch aides. She has formed strong bonds with students and staff at Noble. She exudes positivity and has a great sense of humor. She has also recently joined Noble's PBIS Team. Ms. Jefferson goes above and beyond.

Oxford: Megan Evans Erker
Mrs. Erker’s dedication to her students is unparalleled. She never gives up on them and holds them to high standards. She uses creative ways to assist with helping her students stay on task, making a positive impact on our team of Tigers. She communicates effectively with parents and school staff about student progress and needs. She always keeps her composure during rough days, which encourages team connection and caliber.

Rox El: Tanya Niraj
Tanya is always willing to help, and always with a smile on her face. She has a pleasant demeanor and radiates positive energy daily. She is an extremely organized administrative assistant, and perfect front office person for everyone at the school. She truly embodies the Tiger spirit. I am so appreciative of her work ethic, and that I get a chance to work with her at Rox El!

Rox Mid: Dani Copeland
Dani is a team player who always pitches in to get the job done! Not only has she recently presented at a national AVID conference and is part of the IB/AVID site team, she is a member of the Building Leadership Team and is the 8th grade team lead. Ms. Copeland makes learning fun for her students using instructional strategies that engage them in collaboration and deep thinking. It is a pleasure to work with Dani at RMS!

Read about our previous honorees here.

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