Congratulations to the DEA March Teachers of the Month!

Congratulations to the DEA March Teachers of the Month!

  • Evan Thorpe (Madison) – has been going above and beyond by donating his prep time to reinforce student expectations in the cafeteria during lunches
  • Lynn Longan (RMS) – does a fantastic job providing accommodations for all instructional students in her classes
  • Rita Gillespie (RMS) – contributes much knowledge about state expectations and rules as a strong asset to her school’s SIP team
  • Michelle Bally (DHS) – does a wonderful job opening up her classroom to other teachers, allowing professional growth
  • John Barker (Madison) – spends a great amount of time searching for quality resources and offers support to his fellow teachers

Congratulations to the DEA February Teachers of the Month!

Congratulations to the DEA February Teachers of the Month!

  • Micah Hey (Wasthington) – has been a great addition to Washington as a first year teacher
  • Dolph Ricks (Madison) – has been a great help to his co-workers during the recent ice storms
  • Nate Geeves (RMS) – is recognized for mentoring new staff at RMS and adding much humor to his co-workers
  • Eva Langloss (RMS) – deserves thanks for all of her hard work, dedication, and patience in developing the best schedules for students with IEP’s
  • Paula Durband (RMS) – gives all efforts to make sure all IEP’s were covered as RMS transitioned with new teachers this January
  • Candy Lind (RMS) – nominated for many reasons. She serves on several committees, taking notes to distrubute; she works with students for them to succeed and feel appreciated
  • Jen Hall (RMS) – for going above and beyond to help with IEP’s and work loads
  • Tammi Morthland (RMS) – also went above and beyond covering IEP’s while RMS was short-staffed, always helping where needed
  • Tom Padilla (DHS)– does a fantastic job introducing opportunities for students to experience culture and arts outside of school

Congratulations to the January DEA Teachers of the Month!

Congratulations to the January DEA Teachers of the Month!

  • Carrie King (RMS) – worked hard to change schedules for RMS special education department and has been a great mentor for new special education teachers
  • Talarie Bilharz (RMS) – is a positive influence for students and co-workers with a great attitude
  • Jill Alston (Washinton) – worked hard to get grade level on board with play-based learning and is a leader that always goes above and beyond for her students
  • Suzanne Weaver (RMS) – spearheading changes at RMS to keep everyone safe (cameras, CHIRP posters, mirrors, locked doors, etc….)

Congratulations to the DEA December Teachers of the Month!

Congratulations to the DEA December Teachers of the Month!

  • Allison Fox (DHS) – Allison does a phenomenal job at engaging students and supporting her athletes. She is enthusiastic and professional.
  • Brandon Woodward (DHS) – Brandon does an amazing job engaging students with technology and encouraging his athletes through coaching.

Congratulations to the DEA November Teachers of the Month!

Congratulations to the DEA November Teachers of the Month!

  • Candy Lind (RMS) – We appreciate all of your work with social and culture/climate committees
  • Diane Conklen (RMS) – We appreciate all of your work with the social committee
  • Tracy Kitzman (RMS) – She works very hard to meet the academic, mental, and basic needs for all of her students, especially those at-risk.
  • Aaron Eddy (DHS) – Not only does he work diligently to incorporate real world applications into his lessons, but Aaron, as student council sponsor, led his students through successful activities of homecoming and raising $650 for the food pantry.
  • Courtney Gaulrapp (Jefferson) – has gone above and beyond to to organize fun weekly and quarterly incentives for PBIS that staff and students love.

Congratulations to the DEA October Teachers of the Month!

Congratulations to the DEA October Teachers of the Month!

  • JoAnn Hamer (RMS) – reached out to a 4th grade class in order to build a mentoring program for 4th graders with 8th graders.
  • Kim Bork (Madison) – is a great team member, encouraging others and keeping a positive attitude while giving her students the instruction and support needed.
  • Mike Olson (DHS) – is appreciated for teaching an overload, volunteering his time for the D & D club, and working on many extra projects for DHS
  • Michelle Bally (DHS) – challenges her students and herself to tackle difficult text and concepts by developing curriculum and lessons that provide reading and critical thinking skills.
  • Jenny Brown (Washington) – organizes, coordinates and inventories the Children’s Choice books for our classroom which is greatly appreciated.
  • Sue Johnson (RMS) – has been an amazing colleague and special education teacher for a wonderful 35 years.
  • Jen Gale (Jefferson) – has supported a coworker in her transition to a new grade level.

DEA September Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to the DEA September Teachers of the Month!

  • Kelly Gingras (DHS)- Kelly uses her technology expertise to enhance her teaching, mentor colleagues, and prepare students for future careers.
  • Brant Peterson (Washington) – Brant prepared a district-wide PBIS folder.
  • Diane Conklen (RMS) – Diane spent her summer editing new PBIS videos for RMS.
  • Maria Peterson (Jefferson) – Maria, who was nominated twice, has gone above and beyond in assisting her new mentee.
  • Dorry Kingry (Jefferson) – Dorry has been a wonderful support in her building with many early in the year changes, filling many gaps where needed.

Teacher of the Month nomination form

Click on the link below to download our teacher of the month nomination form. Forms can then be given to your building representative prior to each monthly meeting.


DEA May Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to the DEA May Teachers of the Month!

  • Entire DHS Staff  – The teachers at DHS have gone above and beyond to maintain professionalism while ensuring that students get the best education possible while having to deal with construction noises, debris, and disruptions on a daily basis.
  • Alex Schultz – RMS – Alex has been a great asset with her positive attitude and willingness to roll with the punches.
  • JoAnn Hamer – RMS – Jo-Ann was responsible for starting the process to have Reagan’s inaugural art fair this year on April 26
  • Carrie King – RMS – Carrie is always ready and willing to help, and she is a wealth of knowledge about accommodations.

DEA April Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to the DEA April Teachers of the Month!

  • Jane KosickWashington – is a team player, accommodating to all, always flexible and helpful.
  • Maggie OlsenWashington – is a great asset to the first grade team. She is always willing to do what is best for students.
  • Ashley SpanglerWashington – puts her heart and soul into her work everyday. She is a great collaborator and inspiring to colleagues and students.
  • Denise Terrock Jeffers0n – always puts students first and does a great job differentiating for each student she has.
  • Jordan SaundersJefferson – is a team player with a “can do” attitude who works hard to build positive relationships with all her students.
  • Patty HallquistJefferson – not only does a wonderful job helping students learn, but she is a strong, positive leader in our school.
  • Addie PaceRMS – is considerate of others, always encouraging, and speaking up when things aren’t right.
  • Tracy KitzmanRMS – provides opportunities for students to research and present global awareness projects.
  • Ryan Hoffman and Tom PadillaDHS – together, these gentlemen provided a musical performance as an alternative to knockerball on the afternoon following PSAT testing.