You Make a Difference

You Make a Difference

The You Make a Difference Award is presented to staff members whose exemplary actions support students, colleagues and the mission of Salina Public Schools. Recipients of these awards receive a lapel pin and a handwritten note personally delivered by a board of education member. 

April 13, 2021

Gene Bennett, Building Operator
Schilling Elementary

Gene is known throughout his school building for his work ethic and pleasant disposition. He has done an amazing job applying the changes as a result of COVID-19. He works hard to keep Schilling clean and safe and is always kind to everyone. Thank you for making a difference Gene!


Karen Humphries, Paraeducator
Lakewood Middle School

Karen’s connection to students is apparent as she is able to provide a calming influence and motivate them to work – often they stand at the doorway waiting for her to enter the room. She has shared her personal rock collection with students and often suggests science ideas to teachers. Thank you Karen!


Dustin Glavin, Building Operator
Central High School

Dustin’s positive outlook and can-do attitude supports excellent care for the Central High building. He arrives early, works alongside staff and handles issues regardless of the time at night. On snowy mornings Dustin arrives at 3:30 a.m. to help make sure the property is safe for students and staff. Thank you Dustin!


Megan Willis, Family Support Facilitator
Sunset Elementary School

Students know they can count on Megan who has consistently proven she is a master problem-solver, always fair but firm and a quick thinker. She practices Collaborative Problem Solving and Trauma-Informed Care daily, consistently contributing to the school culture. Thank you Megan for making a difference!


Tobi Adams, Spanish Teacher
South High School

February’s bitter cold left one of Tobi’s students with a flat tire. Without any family in town, the student was at a loss for solutions. Tobi arranged for a tow and appointment to fix the car’s tire and only asked that the student one day, “pay it forward.” Thank you, Tobi, for making a difference!


Emily Barkus, Human Resources Assistant
District Office

When she had an idea to address a need, Emily’s initiative directly improved new employee orientations. Above and beyond the call of duty, she created a presentation to explain employee benefits. Thank you, Emily, for your commitment to quality customer service and for making a difference!


Darcee Redden, Occupational Therapist
Central High School

Everyone who works with Darcee is impressed with her thoughtful, kind and professional manner. Her collaboration skills ensure that coordination between special education, nursing and physical therapy merge seamlessly in the best interest of students.  Thank you, Darcee, for making a difference!