Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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2021 Gold Star Nominees

And the nominees are... the Highline Schools Foundation unveiled the 2021 Gold Star Award nominees. This year's list of impressive nominees includes well-deserving teachers, staff, administrators and volunteers. Congratulations to all. 

The Foundation will announce the Gold Star winners over the next two weeks. 

Gold Star Nominees 

Outstanding Administrator

  • Andrea Smith, Southern Heights Elementary School
  • Bobbi Giammona, Parkside Elementary School
  • Catherine Carbone Rogers, Communications
  • Darren Spencer, Special Education
  • Jacqueline Downey, Evergreen High School
  • Johnny Gannaw, Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service
  • Kelley Schottle, Cascade Middle School
  • Kimberly Jones, North Hill Elementary School
  • Maria Martin, Pacific Middle School
  • Melissa Pointer, Marvista Elementary School
  • Vicki Fisher, Glacier Middle School

Outstanding Rookie Teacher

  • Alejandra Silva-Avendano, Pacific Middle School
  • Brianna Warner, Mount Rainier High School
  • Gami Diaz, Hazel Valley Elementary School
  • Jessica Canul Diaz, Madrona Elementary School
  • Lan Nguyen, Cascade Middle School
  • Laticia Lonon, Sylvester Middle School
  • Marlene Samayoa, Shorewood Elementary School
  • Maura Fenelon, Valley View Early Learning
  • Michael Dobranski, Beverly Park Elementary School
  • Mirabella Escobar, Evergreen High School
  • Naomi True, Evergreen High School
  • William Henderson, Sylvester Middle School
  • Zachariah Beasley, Glacier Middle School

Outstanding Staff - Classified

  • Brenda Rauschenberg, Beverly Park Elementary School
  • Cassandra Rossignol, Seahurst Elementary School
  • Deana Shuck, Mount Rainier High School
  • Dixie Graham, White Center Heights Elementary School
  • Elaine (Mary) Sauro, Mount Rainier High School
  • Ellen Tester, Beverly Park Elementary School
  • Faafiti Fiso, Sylvester Middle School
  • Guy Morford, Mount Rainier High School
  • Jennifer Hirayama, Chinook Middle School
  • Jessica Emerson, Valley View Early Learning
  • Jordan Badinger, Evergreen High School
  • Karen Berg, Beverly Park Elementary School
  • Sarah Hall, Sylvester Middle School
  • Silvia Lopez, Gregory Heights Elementary School
  • Susan Hope, Glacier Middle School
  • Theda Hiranaka, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Wanda Gladney, Mount Rainier High School

Outstanding Staff - Professional 

  • Bryan Peterson, Mount Rainier High School
  • Carolyn Zike, Seahurst Elementary School
  • Chris Vaggalis, Social Work
  • Jonas Buck, Pacific Middle School
  • Nikki Dunbar, Pacific Middle School
  • Rosie Allen-Garibaldi, New Start High School
  • Shauna Pierson, New Start High School
  • Stan Harrison, Big Picture

Outstanding Teacher

  • Allie Rios, Pacific Middle School
  • Amanda Skey, North Hill Elementary School
  • Anh Nguyen, Chinook Middle School
  • Annie Nguyen, McMicken Heights Elementary School
  • Beverly Pecoraro, Big Picture
  • Bridget Hackett, North Hill Elementary School
  • Edissa Jaramillo, Glacier Middle School
  • Erin Zamora, Seahurst Elementary School
  • Garrett Wade, Mount Rainier High School
  • Ginnie Brossard, Marvista Elementary School
  • Jeana Greco, Parkside Elementary School
  • Jennifer Denning, Gregory Heights Elementary School
  • Jessica Burtt, Des Moines Elementary School
  • Jessica Canul Diaz, Madrona Elementary School
  • Joani Bishop, Tyee High School
  • Joe Bourgeois, Sylvester Middle School
  • Joe Boyer, Evergreen High School
  • Jolly Meloottu, Mount Rainier High School
  • Joseph Thomas, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Joshua Hollingsworth, Shorewood Elementary School
  • Kiana Brisco, Mount Rainer High School
  • Kristin Wesp, Mount Rainier High School
  • Lindsay Bogovich, Community Based Services
  • Lorena Engle, Midway Elementary School
  • Lukas Grove, Mount Rainier High School
  • Mika Praven, Des Moines Elementary School
  • Mikayla (Crawford-Harris) Smith, CHOICE Academy
  • Mohamad Shibly, Evergreen High School
  • Nancy Shi, McMicken Heights Elementary School
  • Nicholas Wilken, Mount Rainier High School
  • Olivia Evans, Bow Lake Elementary School
  • Phoebe Thompson, Seahurst Elementary School
  • Robert (Bob) Wright, North Hill Elementary School
  • Robin Elliott, Shorewood Elementary School
  • Schell Ross, Pacific Middle School
  • Stephanie Kesterson, Des Moines Elementary School
  • Stephanie Kuborssy, Glacier Middle School
  • Stephanie Lindblom, Gregory Heights Elementary School
  • Stephanie Savino, Mount Rainier High School
  • Terri Costinett, Shorewood Elementary School
  • Thai Hung Tran, Glacier Middle School
  • Zanovia Clark, Mount View Elementary School

Outstanding Volunteer

  • Jay Baunach
  • Rose Clark