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May Employees of the Month

May Certificated Employee of the Month Debra Holmes joined Cascade as a counselor late Summer 2017, and quickly became an invaluable member or the team, trusted by staff and students alike.

Debra is often one of the first staff members to the school in the morning and often stays late to ensure that things are handled. She spends the majority of her day working with and supporting students at Cascade who trust her as they seek her out for support and guidance.

She is willing to jump in and help support where she is needed and is a fixture in the halls at passing and in the lunch room–speaking with students, building relationships and encouraging students to act appropriately.

May Classified Employee of the Month Eric Becker transitioned from a substitute custodian to a permanent employee at Broadway approximately a year ago.

His personality has been a great match for Broadway staff and preschool children—including his good sense of humor. Eric goes beyond expectations in the quality and quantity of work in an expedient manner. He exhibits a “can do” and “will do” attitude at all times.



2018-06-14T08:35:28-07:00June 14th, 2018|

April Employees of the Month

Monticello counselor Dave Rodman is compassionate, caring and a strong advocate for our students, especially those that struggle to be accepted socially by their peers. Dave establishes strong relationships with students, parents, and staff. He meets with individuals and small groups of students on a daily basis to work through their problems so that they can be successful in the classroom and in life. Dave is always looking for additional ways to make connections with students, and for students to make connections to our school. With the help of a few colleagues, Dave created an after school FIT club that has attracted more than 30 students. It has continued to grow throughout the year. Several students that have joined the club have shown tremendous growth at school. The self-confidence that they have gained from the club has positively impacted their performance at school.

Monticello school secretary Brenda McCown goes above and beyond the expectations to meet the needs of our students, staff, and parents. In high pressure situations, she is at her best. She understands all of the functions and operations of the school, which allows her to provide support and resources to those in need. Her work allows Monticello building to run efficiently and effectively, and she directly contributes to the positive culture throughout the school.

Congratulations to the April Employees of the Month Dave and Brenda!

2018-06-14T08:26:26-07:00June 5th, 2018|

March Employees of the Month

Each month, nominations are accepted from throughout the district to honor individuals who make significant contributions to our schools. Chosen for March from the nominees are two individuals who exceed expectations.

St. Helens teacher Heather Slind (left) is in her fourth year with LPS. Her nominator noted that she goes above and beyond in her job expectations every single day. She has a consistent positive attitude with some of the most challenging students. Heather has a growth mind-set when it comes to serving out students and seeing the impact. Heather moved 70% of her “intensive” students to “strategic” this last winter, as measured by DIBELS.

Long-time MOTF team member Barbara Howe (right) is the classified employee of the month. Barbara is currently the Maintenance and Grounds secretary known for her work ethic. She is a detail-oriented employee who spends time each day ensuring that policies and procedures are followed. She works hard to make sure the work-order process is efficient and complete as possible for our Maintenance and Grounds staff. This helps keep budgets and schedules within set parameters.

2018-05-23T15:57:34-07:00April 24th, 2018|

Information system outage

Update 4/25/18: All information system functions have been re-established at the state level.

Due to equipment failure at the state level, all Skyward information systems are unavailable. This includes Skyward Family Access and Student Access for parents, guardians, and students. Within the district all purchasing, payroll, employee and student records are also not available. We are receiving regular updates from the Skyward provider, but have no estimate of when the system will be up and running again. Please bear with us as we work though this disruption.

2018-04-25T14:02:33-07:00April 23rd, 2018|

February Employees of the Month

“Above and beyond” staff members for Employees of the Month for February are teacher Hanna Burleson and custodian Danny Edgecomb. Employees of the month exhibit positivity, “above and beyond” attitudes and/or have recently completed a task of significance for their building.

Hanna is currently in her fourth year of her LPS career at R.A. Long where she teaches science. She is known to be genuine and compassionate; she takes the time to get to know her students. Her nominator noted that after instructing her students, Hanna observed one struggling with the concepts. She then assisted them individually to ensure student success—this type of effort is what makes Hanna such an outstanding educator.









Danny started his LPS career in 2003 as substitute and transitioned into a permanent custodian position in 2006. Since he first started, he consistently goes beyond his job duties. He takes pride in a job well done. An Olympic team member notes that Danny keeps the floors looking pristine and the windows clean and shiny. If a teacher requests something, he assists immediately and always with a smile. Danny also anticipates the needs of teachers and seeks them out to ask if they are in need of anything.

2018-03-28T16:48:46-07:00March 27th, 2018|

January Employees of the Month

St. Helens Literacy Specialist Crystal Allen (above right) goes beyond her duties at the school and is recognized as January Certificated Employee of the month. She began her career as a classroom teacher in 2006 and has been a cornerstone of the school since then. Crystal plans the Literacy Night; knows many of St. Helen’s families on a first name basis; and supports students, teachers, and all staff at the school. Additionally, she is currently supporting a High School student in Reading. Crystal’s commitment to education stretches beyond the walls of a school as she supports staff and students districtwide.

This is what is said about the Classified Employee of the month Kiz Schumann (at left): “Kiz’s positivity and willingness to assist beyond her assigned responsibilities are greatly appreciated.”

Kiz joined the LPS team as a sub secretary in 1997 and transitioned to a permanent employee of the district in February 2003. She has remained a constant figure of the Leadership and Learning team for the past 15 years. Her knowledge and willingness have proven to be a great asset as the department has grown and changed through different directors. Every morning, without fail, Kiz enthusiastically greets everyone with a smile and an encouraging word; an unofficial cheerleader of the administration building. She goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that our staff attain the professional development that is required to maintain their credentials and improve their salaries. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and offers often.

2018-02-21T11:02:38-08:00February 21st, 2018|

December Employees of the Month

Jessica McDonald, at far left, has served as an elementary special education teacher in Longview since 2014. She has been a Robert Gray Explorer since 2016 and is highly regarded by all staff, students, and families. She is kind, compassionate, patient, understanding and truly believes in each and every student. These qualities result in a constant can-do attitude, no matter the situation. She shares her immense knowledge with the rest of the building staff, which they are eager to learn.

Also a Robert Gray Explorer, Kate Huhta (immediate left) took the step from substitute paraeducator to permanent Robert Gray team member this winter and has already proven herself irreplaceable. She works closely with the special education team as she eagerly learns how to give her very best to each student. She has already created connections with learners which has aided their academics and behavior. Kate is known for her creativity, always thinking outside the box to engage students. She is patient and has quickly learned how to motivate struggling students.

2018-01-30T08:48:06-08:00January 30th, 2018|

November Employees of the Month


Cascade Principal Chris Rugg has been at Cascade since 2016 when he joined Longview Public School’s team. He stepped into this leadership role with contagious charisma, shifting the school’s atmosphere. According to his nomination, his genuine concern has built a positive rapport with his staff and students. He invests time and hard work into education coming in early and on Saturdays to ensure student success. His positive, can-do attitude is inspirational and will be his Cascade legacy.


Since Michelle Musso  joined Longview Public School’s HR team in 2012, she has employed her  organizational skills to improve overall efficiency and accuracy. She is an effective member of the HR team who collaborates with her colleagues and provides valuable insights into many HR functions. Michelle is able to engage and connect with staff and the community positively. Her dedication to the HR team and the district is recognized this month.

2017-12-19T08:34:29-08:00December 19th, 2017|

October Employees of the Month

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.

2017-11-29T12:50:59-08:00November 29th, 2017|
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