GUHSD Governing Board Honors Washington Rams

Washington Achievement Above All Recipients Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony
Posted on 10/18/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Washington Achievement Above All Recipients Recognized at Annual Awards CeremonyOctober 2018 – It was an evening to celebrate as Washington High School’s top teacher, student, support staff employee, student group and volunteer were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the Rams community. 

“Tonight we get to recognize some amazing students, teachers and staff, and volunteers that have continued to make Washington a special place. These individuals are all committed to ensuring that all kids have every opportunity to be successful,” Principal Kevin Cashatt said.

The annual Achievement Above All ceremony was held at the regular Governing Board Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Teacher of the Year was awarded to Renee Lisowski. She currently teaches ELL and is dedicated and passionate about Washington’s ELL students and families, Cashatt said. 

Renee goes over and beyond by contributing in a number of ways to the ELL program.

“Besides teaching, Renee is an important leader on campus serving as the ELL Department Chair. She is respected by her colleagues and is always willing to give a helping hand. She is a tremendous resource to our ELL parents by not only helping teach their children English, but teaching them English as well through our Adult ELL program,” he said. 

When asked about the aspect she is most passionate about in terms of teaching, Renee discussed her belief in students’ progress.

“I love seeing the confidence grow in a student who once felt as if they couldn’t do what was asked, then realizing that they can!,” Lisowski said.


Achievement Above All Student Recipient: 

Aurora Gabow has reached many academic accomplishments during her time at Washington and credits her parents for her success.

“I would not have been able to achieve what I have in my life so far without my desire to learn and grow, which was instilled in me by my parents,” Gabow said. 

Aurora has excelled in her education by taking several AP courses including but not limited to, world history, biology, literature, calculus and government. She also stays busy on campus while being involved as the President of the National Honor Society, representative on the student council and participates in the Educators Rising Program. 

“Aurora is a natural leader on our campus and embodies the Washington spirit of always wanting and willing to help support others on campus and in our community,” Cashatt said.


Achievement Above All Student Group:

Rams United, sponsored by Joe Hummel, was honored as Washington’s Student Group of the Year. With 30 members, Rams United is committed to growing unified programs throughout the school’s campus.

“Rams United’s purpose is to unify Washington High School by engaging students, faculty, and administration in creating a climate of inclusion, acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students with and without disabilities,” Cashatt said. “They are actively involved in a number of activities from unified soccer, to unified basketball to unified cheer and track.”

This past year, the group was designated as a Unified Champions School by Special Olympics North America for the hard work that they have accomplished. Moving forward, Rams United desires to build the values, principles, practices and experiences of Special Olympics.

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Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

For the past four years, Debbie Lohr has worked as a College and Career Specialist, dedicated to helping students navigate through the college and career world. 

“She has the goal of wanting to ensure that all of our students not only succeed in high school, but have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, in their careers and in life,” Cashatt said.

While Debbie spends most her time at the College and Career Center at Washington, she can also be found participating in her many hobbies, including coaching. 

“Besides being a dedicated team member of Washington, Debbie enjoys sports, listening to music, riding bikes and spending time with her family. Each spring, she can be seen out on our softball field helping coach the girls,” Cashatt said.


Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient: 

Gabe Chapa first met Washington’s head basketball coach, Ty Bauer, many years ago while Bauer was coaching at Arroyo Elementary School. Bauer then went on to coach Girls' Basketball at Washington and won three state titles. That was when Gabe realized the impact Bauer made and wanted to return to Washington to volunteer his time to help support his mentor. Now, Gabe is very active on campus by assisting the Boys' Basketball Team. 

As an alumnus of Moon Valley High School, Gabe was involved in many school programs such as student council, Key Club, golf, basketball and track and field. He then went on to study at ASU and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Now, he works as a commercial construction project manager throughout the country.

However, Gabe always makes time to give back to students while volunteering at Washington to help make a positive influence. 

“I’m passionate about basketball and the values it teaches when it comes to leadership and being a team player. I want to make an impact on the community that I grew up in,” Chapa said.


Thank you and congratulations to each of Washington’s Achievement Above All recipients. We are grateful for your contributions to Washington High School and the Glendale Union High School District community.

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