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May Employees of the Month


Linda Brookhart – Monticello Middle School

A long-time district employee, Linda has always been one of the hardest workers.  She absolutely lights up any room she’s in and is someone anyone can go to when they need a kind word or boost of positivity.  Linda is always thinking of others and willing to help anyone who needs it.  It is hard to imagine Monticello without her.



Brenda Winters – Kessler Elementary

Brenda joined our district in 2004 and became a permanent employee in 2013.  She has always gone above and beyond to serve every student in her school.  She took the lead with the Conscious Discipline and also offered to teach it.  She has also volunteered to be on the PTO to help the students get field trips and to bring the Pacific Science Center to her school.  She has always displayed a positive, can-do attitude in all she does and is described by fellow employees as the heart of Kessler.

2019-06-25T13:07:45-07:00June 25th, 2019|

Robert Gray Field Trip to the Port

A Field Trip to the Port of Longview begins with an hour long presentation by the Port that takes place in the classroom.  Dan Polacek brought to Robert Gray a video presentation that he had filmed using fly overs with a drone of the Port, Barlow Point, and Willow Grove.  The students were so engaged with the presentation!  Dan is an excellent speaker and conveys a lot of enthusiasm for the activities at the Port.  Attached are some pictures from the trip to the Port of Longview.  When you visit the Port, you take the entire one hour  trip aboard a bus.  The Berths can be super busy, and unless you know what you are doing, it is very dangerous.  So most of the pictures do not include the kids.  Also attached is a picture of our lunch picnic at Willow Grove, which is a Port owned and maintained property and another way the Port of Longview invests into the community of Longview.   In the pictures attached you will see one of the BIG HUGE cranes that the Port uses to load ships.  These cranes can be remotely operated!  They have over 80 tires each.  You will also see some huge tubes that are used for loading grain.  The Port of Longview has the most “state of the art” system used for loading grain which makes it very competitive with other Ports for exporting grain.  While students were touring, they passed by an Army Corps of Engineers ship in dock that is used for dredging the Columbia River.  When Dan Polacek, our guide from the Port,  announced it was an “Army” Corps of Engineers, the students on the bus began to cheer!  It was a busy day at the Port, so the kids really got to see so much.  Robert Gray will repeat this field trip every year.  It was very informative, exciting, and the kids learned a ton.

2020-03-16T15:41:30-07:00June 7th, 2019|

April Employees of the Month


In Peter Brickey’s (Cascade Middle School) first year as a teacher with the district, he has shown what an asset he is to his school and the district.  He has started a new program for behavior and although some days can be very difficult, he never ceases to amaze his coworkers with his patience and ability to stay positive with the kids.  The kids in his room really look up to him and respect him immensely.




A long-time district employee, Columbia Heights paraeducator, Shirley Bunn is part of a special education team of gold at her building.  She goes above and beyond to help the students with special needs, not only to provide support behaviorally but academically as well.  There is not a time that you won’t see her all over the building and on the run to help anyone that needs it.

2019-05-30T10:15:02-07:00May 30th, 2019|

March Employees of the Month

Shane Workman, Robert Gray Elementary-a long-time employee of the district, is a teacher and colleague that his students and coworkers are lucky to have.  His sense of humor and belief in the goodness of all students helps him to develop amazing connections with his students.  He goes above and beyond providing opportunities through the garden club, Math Academy, crossing guard, and tutoring for the students that are in need.  His patience and dedication to his students and school is a blessing to those at Robert Gray.







Tonya Coburn, RA Long High School- joined the district in 2017 and quickly became a valuable member of the custodial staff.  She goes above and beyond her route duties without hesitation or concern each and every day.  She goes out of her way to assist teachers and the students and consistently displays a positive attitude.  She completes every job with pride and is always looking for extra tasks to make the school a better place.


2019-04-23T08:37:11-07:00April 23rd, 2019|

February Employees of the Month

Cascade Middle School Assistant Principal, Kristopher Chrisopulos is new to the district but has fast become a valued employee.  Over the course of the school year it has become very clear that he epitomizes the can-do spirit that is so vital to success with middle school students.  He has gone out of his way to develop a positive rapport with students and staff.  He looks for way to show people that he cares about and respects them, while still maintaining the highest standards of decorum and academic success.  His deft ability to create a positive atmosphere is motivational to both students and staff and makes school a great place to learn and work.


Kessler Elementary Secretary, Christine Kelly joined the district in 2005 as a paraeducator before becoming a secretary.  In her role as head secretary she is known for her calmness and ability to stay level-headed.  She can be on the phone, covering the nurse’s office, and talking to a parent at the desk all at the same time, and doing it with a smile on her face.  She knows the families and kids at her school and doesn’t get rattled when she is faced with a difficult situation.  She is an asset to her building and the district.

2019-03-20T14:00:30-07:00March 14th, 2019|

January Employees of the Month

Broadway Teacher Andrea Feller joined the district in 2017 and has quickly become a valued staff member.  While she maximizes learning in her classroom, she goes above and beyond to provide for the families of Broadway.  She assists with the food program for families in need as well as the take-home book programs so students are able to build their exposure outside of school.  Andrea also serves as a mentor for three teachers and has worked diligently to improve early childhood services in the community.  The district is thankful for all that she does.

A veteran employee of the district, Payroll Specialist Kim Harrison has always been consistent in every situation.  She is known for her kindness and respectfulness to everyone in every setting.  Described as humble and hardworking, she has always shown 100% dedication to her school district.  Even in tough situations she is never negative and is always offering to help others.  She is an asset to the schools and truly cares about the kids, teachers, and staff members.

2019-02-13T08:49:50-08:00February 13th, 2019|

December Employees of the Month

Scott Merzoian

Scott joined the district in 2014 and has since been known for his hard work and kindness.  Although his job is often challenging, he goes about his day with a smile on his face.  He supports and believes in his teachers and is always working to improve everything at Monticello for the staff, students, and parents.   His staff could not have asked for a more positive, patient, fair, and caring leader and are so appreciative of all that he does.

Brenda McCown

A long-time Longview Schools team member, Brenda McCown displays a positive attitude that is contagious and motivating.  Her thoughtfulness and kindness towards the staff, students, and parents at Monticello is beautiful.  She is never without a smile on her face.  She is an integral part of keeping Monticello running smoothly.

2019-01-14T16:03:10-08:00January 14th, 2019|

November Employees of the Month


Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore joined the district in 2011 and has since been known for her kindheartedness. She shows kindness to all students and is willing to help if they are in need. Not only is she positive and kind toward our students, but she is also uplifting to the staff with her positive attitude and words of kindness. She inspires others to do their best. Despite occasional challenges, she doesn’t complain. She remains positive and shares her calm and kind disposition with everyone she encounters.


Victoria Giles

A long-time Longview Public Schools team member, Vickie Giles, displays an upbeat personality that has contributed to providing a motivating and uplifting atmosphere in the transportation department. She has been a foundation of strength and guidance for struggling members and encouraged them with knowledge, words of encouragement and a warm, friendly smile. She is always available for department/district needs, even putting her own plans aside on evenings and weekends should the need arise. Vickie received a call from a team looking for a bus on a Saturday that they didn’t have ordered but she dropped everything on her day off to get a bus to the team and find a driver to take them as well, even volunteering to drive them herself to ensure the team would be able to attend their event at Districts.

She is selfless when it comes to the needs of the department and is an incredible asset to our district.

2018-12-18T15:52:13-08:00December 17th, 2018|

October Employees of the Month

John Hancock has been a valued Kessler team member since he joined Longview Public Schools in 2016. It’s noted that he has embraced Conscious Discipline and developed his ability to be patient, kind, and maintain a positive attitude. He has gone out of his way to stop and help students outside of his grade level; sharing his calm and positive attitude with them when needed most.

Cindy Street has been a long-time Longview Public Schools team member, lending her expertise to the transportation department since 1984. She does an amazing job getting Pervasive students rides on short notice to and from school at times that are out of the norm. Cindy can be contacted any time of day and will be able to find a bus to support our students quickly with a can-do attitude, even when it’s going to be tough. She will be sorely missed when she retires in 2019.



2018-11-15T10:16:04-08:00November 15th, 2018|

September Employees of the Month

Julie Schneider (on the left) has been a Longview Schools team member for over 20 years, and a good portion of that time has been spent at Broadway Early Learning Center. She is on the PTO committee, Site Based Committee, the Trelis Team, and has many other “hats” she wears at the campus. Julie has so much history and knowledge when it comes to connecting with Broadway families. She truly understands how impactful early intervention can be for our students. Her nominator referred to her as a “gem” and feels very lucky to have her on the team.

Theresa Bru (on the right)  has been a para educator since 2011 when she started at Cascade Middle School, eventually moving to Kessler. Theresa is quick to spot and address student needs and always does so with a smile. She has made it a smooth transition for many students who have moved back to Kessler with the opening of a new Extensive Support Program. Her nominator noted that, “Theresa is amazing!”

2018-11-06T14:37:11-08:00November 6th, 2018|
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