Final AAA Celebrates District Office, Special Programs

AAA Celebrates Special Programs and District Office
Posted on 05/18/2017
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May 2017 – In the final Achievement Above All event of the 2016-2017 school year, the Glendale Union High School District Governing Board honored members of the Online Learning Academy, NextSTEP, Northern Academy and the District Office on May 17.

Achievement Above All: Teacher

Angelina Miller began working for the district in 2000 when she was hired as a math teacher for Greenway High School. She taught math at Thunderbird in 2005 and then became the guidance counselor at the Online Learning Academy in 2014. Mrs. Miller has a Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling. In addition to working with students at the Online Learning Academy, Mrs. Miller also works with the Glendale Union Online full-time, at home students. Many of these students have chronic health issues and require flexibility in their school programming, said Christine Lord, the program’s administrator.

“Angelina is able to be compassionate to their unique needs while maintaining high expectations to help the students complete their classes,” she said. “She talks to them about school, work, raising their morale and sometimes just making it through the day. She is able to connect with her students and help them in ways that others were not.”

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Achievement Above All: Student

Aaron Kidd is this year’s Student of the Year. He attends the NextSTEP program, which teaches students how to work and live independently through practical learning skills. Stephanie Quirin is the program facilitator.

“When we look at what success means at NextSTEP, Aaron is the perfect representation,” she said. “We look for students who work, take direction, work with a group, are respectful and polite to supervisors, coworkers, teachers and staff members, who speak up for themselves as well as take criticism. Aaron has been able to do all of these things and so many more in his time at NextSTEP.

Mr. Kidd graduated early in April after requesting a more challenging work site and learning how to drive. He successfully received his driver’s license and is now working for the Brass Armadillo.

“Aaron, your dedication, drive and work ethic will take you far,” Quirin said.

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Achievement Above All: Special Programs Support Staff

Richard Hogan has worked for the district for 11 years. He began as a substitute teacher in 2005 and became a member of the Northern Academy team six years ago. Mr. Hogan has a bachelors of arts in Liberal Arts from Arizona State University and is passionate about history, books and martial arts. His positive attitude on campus is undeniable, said Denise Scafone, his administrator.

“He is an advocate for all students and works to make sure he communicates with all necessary staff to be sure they get what they need to learn, whether a lunch, time to process or an ear to listen,” she said. “Mr. Hogan has a passion for many things and an easygoing spirit that is quick to brighten everyone’s day.”

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Achievement Above All: District Office Support Staff

The District Office Support Staff Employee of the Year is Teresa McKamie. Mrs. McKamie has worked for Glendale Union since 2010. She first worked as the attendance secretary at Greenway and then as the counseling secretary. She moved to district office in 2014. As the Special Education Secretary, Mrs. McKamie interfaces with parents, teachers and administrators.

“I can confidently tell you that the department would not run, without Teresa’s daily assistance,” said Alissa Krantz, special education director.

“Teresa genuinely loves her job, and has a strong work ethic, and is always willing to help out,” said her coworker, Linda Bechtel. “She never complains, no matter what the situation is or has a negative thing to say about anything or anyone. Teresa truly is an asset to this district and so deserving of this award.”

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Congratulations to all of the Achievement Above All recipients for the 2016-2017 year! We’re proud of your accomplishments and commitment to the students, families and community of the Glendale Union High School District.

Please enjoy this highlight video from the evening.