Our Compassionate, Understanding, Big-hearted Staff spotlight this week is our one and only Gifted Resource teacher Mrs. Phillips! Here is what the nominators said about her: Mrs. Laurie Phillips is a brilliant teacher in our school who is doing a fabulous job of balancing the virtual world of meetings and instruction with the real-world demands she has upon her every day! It is amazing how well-organized and on top of things she is, especially as she is the only Gifted teacher in the school and must have a million irons in the fire! She is well-deserving of some shout-outs and accolades for the amazing work she does, the expertise and quality with which she does that work, and the kind and considerate way in which she interacts with all (students, parents, teachers, and administrators). She is one-of-a kind and one of the best!

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 Our Compassionate, Understanding, Big-hearted Staff spotlight this week is one of our ESOL teachers, Mrs. Petrus! Here is what the nominators said about her:
• Mrs. Petrus for taking on the Implemented Practice organization again this year, her effort makes it easy to earn those required points!
• I’d like to nominate our amazing ESOL teacher, Mrs. Petrus! This is my first year working with Mrs. Petrus and I am so thankful that I have the honor to have her help our students! She is ALWAYS adding extra insight and ideas to our Language Arts block. She is constantly trying to help and find ways to reach all our English Language Learners and doesn’t hesitate to step-up when needed. I can’t tell you how many times she’s said something that enhanced and enriched our lesson! I appreciate all that she does to help me in class, not just her students! Kudos to Mrs. Petrus for always being so wonderful! 

Picture of Ms. Ebeck    Our Compassionate, Understanding, Big-hearted, Staff (CUBS) member of the week is Ms. Ebeck, our Reading Specialist! Here are her nomination blurbs:
- "I nominate Erin Ebeck! Erin puts herself out there all the time to be a team player. Her schedule is full of teaching students, meeting with teams, meetings for IEP/Intervention, meeting with individual teachers, and who knows what else. I appreciate her enthusiasm and willingness to help out where needed."
- "Ms. Ebeck always reaches out to us as a Team to make sure we have what we need to help us serve our students. She always is available to answer questions about the new programs and get us up and running. She is also extremely flexible when needing to work around schedules."

 picture of Mary, our Kindergarten TA  Week of December 1st, Caring, Understanding, Big-hearted Staff (CUBS) member is Ms. Letham-Blevins, our K instructional assistant AND PALS instructor. In the words of her CUBS nominator - "Mary didn't hesitate when we asked her to take on this new PALS role, in addition to her Kindergarten responsibilities. She is excited to learn new skills herself and she has embraced all of the technology. She asks questions every day so that she can learn new strategies and better serve her students. I really appreciate her commitment to our students!"