Jeremy Baumbach, Shelley Hodge, Elsie Behnken, and Bonnie Prigge received the Spotlight of Staff awards for the year at the Byron school board meeting May 21. The winners were nominated by their peers.Photo by Gretta Becay
By Gretta Becay
The Byron school board hosted the ceremony for the Spotlight on Staff Awards and several other recognition awards, at their May 21 meeting.
They also bid adieu to director of finance and operations for the district, Jennifer Walsh, who will be taking a job with the Faribault Public Schools.
The Spotlight on Staff Awards are presented each spring to two teachers and two other staff members. The award winners were nominated by their peers. Special Education Coordinator Janeen Eddie explained why and by whom each winner was nominated and then presented the awards.
Jeremy Baumbach is an eighth-grade math teacher at the middle school. Shelley Hodge is a fifth-grade teacher at the intermediate school. Elsie Behnken is the administrative assistant for the Special Education Department district-wide. Bonnie Prigge is a paraprofessional with the special education department at the intermediate school.
The board also acknowledged four employees who have been with the district for 25 years. Becky Demmer serves as a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade continuous improvement coach at the primary and intermediate schools.
Ruthie Bailey-Holm serves as an early childhood intervention teacher - special education. Beth Sherden works in the district office with accounts payable and she is the Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System Coordinator for the district and Rob Warneke teaches math, geometry, statistics, algebra, and trigonometry in the high school.
The board also acknowledged many student activities and accomplishments including the Cybears high school robotics team, members of which brought their competition robot into the boardroom and demonstrated one of its tasks of throwing down and recovering a crate-sized box.
The board presented Chad Jorgensen, one of the volunteer mentors of the team, a plaque acknowledging the time he has donated to the team and his receipt of the Woodie Flowers award at the regional robotics competition. That award was given to Jorgensen as a 'distinguished adult mentor.'