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You Make a Difference

You Make A Difference / May 14, 2024

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. 

Karin Rawls, Library Aide
Schilling Elementary School

Karen comes to school with a smile and a love for everyone at Schilling. She makes sure the library is a happy place to be through excellent organization, engaging book art and connecting each student with just the right book. Her extra efforts, including volunteering time, make a difference at Schilling. Thank you Karen!

Ana Eisenman, Bilingual Education
Coronado and Schilling Elementary Schools

Ana works with schools through out the district. Heusner staff appreciate all that Ana does, translating documents and the school newsletter. She helps the nurse and office staff when working with Spanish-speaking families. Thank you, Ana, for making a difference!

Sierra Sanders, Instructional Assistant
Sunset Elementary School

Sierra is skilled at helping struggling students regulate themselves. She builds strong relationships with students as she helps them in the breakfast and lunch room. Students love to help her collect and load recycling materials. Sierra Sanders is making a difference! Thank you!

Brady Shirk, Teacher
Opportunity Now

Brady has unmatched kindness and a sense of humor that lights up the classroom. His positivity while teaching supports students’ academic and personal growth. He spends extra time helping students create resumes and prep for job interviews. Thank you Brady, for making a difference!

Shelby Mann, Science Teacher/Assistant Softball Coach
South High School

Shelby’s classroom is a place of curiosity and knowledge for students. On the softball field she builds the spirit of teamwork and positivity. Her dedication to students and athletes is a terrific example of leadership and support. Thank you Shelby, for making a difference!

Jessica Owens, Nurse
Coronado Elementary School

Jessica aided a student and the parents in school as they experienced a life-changing medical diagnosis. Her efforts remind us of the profound impact kindness and comprehensive communication can have on our community. Thank you Jessica, for making a difference!