Hats off to the District’s April Employees of the Month honored for their “above and beyond” attitudes and actions!

Instructional Coach Ryan Chinchen (above left) recently helped shepherd the grades 6-12 math adoption and has worked with publishers, teachers, and the district office to ensure all participants are informed and collaborative. He has been an invaluable member of Monticello’s staff since 2003—joining as a math teacher; in 2013 he became one of the three instructional coaches in our district. He works closely with first-year teachers and the staff at Monticello. His actions are clear and well thought out and he brings the most out of his staff. The new teachers with whom he works are growing instructionally. In addition to those roles, Ryan led the middle school math team through a process of using an alternative curriculum for two years and bringing professional development and focus to that team’s work. Ryan also is a Math Fellow with the state of Washington.

Laura Mourer has been with the district since 2015,and at the beginning of this school year, she took on the role of ELL Liaison. In a short period of time, she has developed key relationships with building staff, students, and parents in support of student success. She is a safety net for ELL and transition ELL students and goes the extra mile to work with students, staff and parents. She has a positive can-do attitude that is infectious. Laura has helped develop and present her work in support of students to the Washington Association of Bilingual Educators (WABE) conference in April.