You Make a Difference

You Make A Difference / May 10, 2022

Staff members are nominated by colleagues to receive a You Make a Difference Award for their support of students and the mission of Salina Public Schools. Board of Education members surprise recipients during their workday with a lapel pin and a handwritten note. 

Trish Hayden, Data Manager/GED Examiner
Salina Adult Education Center

Trish has helped the SAEC main office and Diploma Completion Program remain open and communications stay on track when staff have been gone by stepping up and filling vacancies. She patiently helps instructors stay on top of data collection and does a great job of meeting state timelines. Thank you for making a difference, Trish!

Andrew Armbrust, Adaptive Special Education Teacher
Opportunity Now

Andrew teaches multiple subjects at Opportunity Now. He uniquely connects current events to history to make it relatable to students. He teaches science along with some piano and guitar. His great sense of humor keeps learning fun. Thank you Andrew, for making a difference!
Candy Fitzpatrick, Counselor
Central High School

Candy takes the time, effort and energy to reach out to colleagues with care and support. She encourages them to take time for themselves and reminds them that we are all going through this together. Her door is always open and she is never too busy to support someone. Thank you for making a difference, Candy!
Carol Allen, Bilingual Teacher
Sunset Elementary School

Each day, Carol maximizes her time to fit in additional individualized instructional times, supporting teachers in meeting students’ needs, teaching in the after-school program and sharing her can-do attitude with everyone around her. Carol’s efforts and initiative are invaluable. Thank you Carol, for making a difference!
Randy Maag, Facility Manager 1
Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School

Randy keeps Meadowlark’s building components running smoothly, and his influence on building culture is equally as effective. He always has a joke, smile or assistance at the ready for staff. He knows most, if not all,students by name and reliably makes the time to talk with them when they seem distressed. Thank you for making a difference, Randy!
Stephanie Johannes, Math Instructor
Central High School

Stephanie helped preserve the feeling of belonging and connection for a homebound student. She created a Google classroom, designed step-by-step instructions to complete the unit, emailed feedback and made sure to remain current on the student’s communications and work. Thank you, Stephanie, for making a difference!