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September Rocket Staff Recognition

September Rocket Staff Recognition

Each month, the District recognizes staff members who exemplify the core principles of our "Learning Without Limits" philosophy and are celebrated and awarded for their outstanding contributions. In line with our tenets of solving complex problems, connecting with others, engaging in rigorous learning, and owning the learning, the peer-nominated program highlights those who consistently go above and beyond to foster innovation, teamwork, and personal development. 

September Rocket Recognition Winners

Connecting With Others:

  • Michelle Frey, Paradise Elementary Teacher

    • "Mrs. Frey has worked closely with our student council and PTO to build the Paradise community. She helps grow student leaders through our student council each year. She has been working to improve our school facilities by cleaning up the courtyard and transitioning it to an outdoor learning classroom. She works with the community to foster mutually supportive and cooperative partnerships with our stakeholders."

  • Julie Emig, Spring Grove Area Middle School Custodian

    • "Julie is a breath of fresh air. She always has a smile on her face and is truly happy to help in any way she can. She has a positive way of looking at things and works to improve your day, even if it means taking on more work. She is a blessing to have on our team."

Engaging in Rigorous Learning:

  • Sara Starck, Spring Grove Elementary Teacher
    • "Sara is the curriculum leader for K-6 science. She has poured her heart into making sure that our district is up and running when it comes to the new science standards. She is always available to assist a fellow teacher when it comes to questions about the new standards, resources that are available, and how to implement the new lessons in the classroom. Sara is an expert in her craft and has helped our district grow in areas of science and STEAM learning across the K-6 levels.
  • Renae Greene, Spring Grove Area Intermediate and Paradise Elementary Art Teacher
    • "Renae has incredibly creative ideas for art with her students. She creates new projects for each group that engage students and make our lobby welcoming! Students use a variety of materials and techniques to teach students about various types of art. Her cheerful personality extends to her students and contributes positively to the physical environment of our building. We are so fortunate to have her here at SGI!"

Owning the Learning:

  • Angie Kint, Spring Grove Area Intermediate Teacher
    • "Angie does an amazing job of providing limitless learning opportunities for her students. She is an especially inspirational colleague!
  • Tabatha Schaffer, Spring Grove Area Intermediate Teacher
    • "Tabatha took a brand new program and just ran with it! The students are so engaged and do so well. The creativity is just awesome, and I hope this program continues as a special!

Solving Complex Problems:

  • Chris Enck, District Technology Coordinator
    • "Chris Enck is the master of solving complex problems. No matter the question, even if the answer is to restart your computer, he is supportive and understanding. He never makes you feel like you are asking a dumb question. If he doesn't know the answer, he will research it until he can find one, even if it takes hours/days and his plate is already overflowing. He truly wants to help. He always keeps his cool and is calm under pressure. He is wonderful to talk with and has a way of making work fun. We are so lucky to have him on our team. Thank you for all you do, Chris!"
  • Monica Eckenrode, Spring Grove Area High School Athletics Secretary
    • "Monica is active in her role and supports all athletic teams. She recently stepped in to help the Junior High Field Hockey team. Monica works with the Varsity Club, giving the student-athletes a voice and a chance to lead within the school. She is often found at any sporting event on campus. Monica has positive relationships with families, students, community members, officials, and opposing teams. She works hard at solving many issues and providing solutions! Monica communicates with the staff for various needs. We appreciate all she does!"