The Ducky Awards is Superintendent Susan Enfield's fun way of recognizing teachers and staff for going above and beyond to advance Our Promise of knowing every student by name, strength and need. To nominate a colleague, send an email to Superintendent Enfield with the name of the individual and a brief paragraph on how he or she is going above and beyond to deliver on our promise.
There are numerous ways in which Christina Fritsch serves McMicken and significantly contributes to the entire community. She is an innovative, tech-savvy practitioner who consistently models a genuine love of learning.
Martha Gibson is an outstanding 5th-grade teacher at Hilltop Elementary. She is retiring this year after teaching for 46 years--26 of those years at Hilltop Elementary. She is dedicated to making sure all of her students, even those just arriving in the U.S., are able to access the curriculum and make every day a positive learning experience.
Bow Lake Elementary’s ASL Interpreters team Andy Brune, Emily Moody, Dona Shukara, Colleen Frantz, Summer Webster and Danielle Thurman have been doing exemplary work. They provide attentive and important sign language communications for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and are the link between the hearing and non-hearing world. These interpreters are compassionate, sensitive, kind and attentive when working with students. They rarely miss work and when they do, the others work as a team to cover student needs. They attend meetings when necessary with parents, staff and students to provide the link for communications when discussing vital information, which can take place after school and go on late into the day.
Linda Lambert is an amazing teacher--she makes learning fun for everyone involved--students as well as staff members. She is always willing to try something new and challenging. She thinks outside the box and brings new experiences to the students each and every year. Linda thinks about each student and comes up with ways for them to meet their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals, from cooking and learning each position in a restaurant, voting on the uniform, and designing the menu, to training for how to ride Metro independently, and planning community outings. Linda goes above and beyond and inspires everyone else to do so as well.
From breakfast cashier to recess monitor to rebound room teacher, Lori makes each student at Shorewood feel special. Her kind and gentle spirit greets each student in the morning as they get breakfast. She continues to check in on struggling students throughout the day and monitor those needing extra supervision. Everyone knows they have her in their corner rooting for them to make good choices. More than one student has requested a visit with "the teacher who makes you feel better!" Lori helps make Shorewood a warm and welcoming place for students and staff alike.
Highline High Fives are a way for our staff to celebrate each other. Do you have a colleague who goes above and beyond? Do you have a coworker who deserves some extra recognition? Show them some appreciation by nominating them for a Highline High Five. We'll post your nominations right here on our on staff kudos page.
"Danielle always makes time in her busy day to help families who come in with questions or are wanting to enroll. One time, a family who was new to the District came in. They had four kids in three different schools. Danielle took the time to sit down and fill out the enrollment paperwork for all the students so it would all get done at once - on a Monday!" - Lorrie Good
"You couldn't ask for a better mentor, team player and motivator. Jeannie always has a positive attitude and knows just the right things to say. She has amazing teaching skills and students thrive in her class." - Jane Judd
"Yun not only does excellent custodial work, but he is always friendly and helpful to staff. His cheery demeanor makes McMicken a lovely place to work." - Christina Fritsch
"Nutrition Services are the backbone of every school kitchen. They are constantly helping us cover shortages and unexpected needs that come up on a daily basis so we can get our kids fed. They are positive and keep a keen sense of humor in an otherwise hectic, often frustrating, situation. As a team it makes for a real "can do" atmosphere. Thank you - Lisa, Kathy Chris, Joel, Kellie, Angelina and our newest member at the front desk!" - Lynn Ballard