TeacherThe Auburn School District Board of Directors will recognize Nicki Burkhauser, Denise Daniels and Melinda Wentzel as the Classified Employees of the Year at 7 p.m., Monday in the James P. Fugate Administration building.
This awards program recognizes the work of classified staff who have made a positive difference in their profession. They will be considered for the Puget Sound ESD Regional Classified Employee of the Year. Classified staff work in positions that do not require professional educational certifications.
Burkhauser is a 2014 Auburn Mountainview graduate. She is in her second year as a para-educator in the Pathways program at Lea Hill Elementary where she works with students with significant social/emotional and behavioral needs. She thoroughly enjoys helping students be successful at school and has a knack for building relationships with students, staff, and families.
Lea Hill Principal Ed Herda said, “We are extremely fortunate to work with Nicki each and every day.”
Daniels is the assistant director of equity, outreach and family engagement. She has served in the Auburn School District for five years. In her role, she is instrumental in defining engagement and equity programs.
Daniels loves the connections she gets to make with people. She views her role as an opportunity to educate people to be better advocates for students.
Rhonda Larson, assistant superintendent of family engagement and student success said, “Denise is critical to our much-needed efforts in cultivating a culture of success for all students, and a welcoming school environment for all families.”
Wentzel has spent the last two years as a para-educator in language arts classes at Auburn Mountainview High School. She previously worked at Rainier Middle School for 17 years. She plays an active role in helping with lesson plans and providing support to the teacher and students. She has a genuine love for and interest in her students and their lives outside of school.
Auburn Mountainview teacher Kady Buchanan said, “Melinda embodies what it means to be a caring and compassionate teacher and mentor.”
The above is a press release from the ASD. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.