Two Monticello staff members have been recognized as the October Employees of the month. Special education teacher James Heberling is a life-long learner who continually looks for opportunities to learn best practices and grow as a teacher. James completed a range of classes this summer so he could better impact student learning. He took the knowledge he gained and not only applied it to his teaching but stepped into a teacher-leader role leading professional development for his fellow staff members at Monticello and for first- and second-year teachers from both Longview and Kelso. He has been with Longview Public Schools since 2014.

Paraeducator Karen Branscom has been at Monticello since 2011. There, she is credited with building relationships with students and helping them develop the skills needed to be successful in their behaviors and academics. Her nominator says, “She takes initiative when she sees that something needs to be done and is always swilling to do any task that is given to her.” Karen has been a district employee since 1988.