By David Knopf/Richmond News
Piper Peterson, the principal at Dear Elementary in Richmond, told school board members and administrators Dec. 11 that choosing employees who’d gone “Above and Beyond” was no easy matter.
“I could have all my staff here,” said Peterson, who used a Power Point presentation to honor the eight employees she managed to single out for the district honor. “I’m very fortunate to have such a good staff.”
To a background of “You Have Made a Difference,” a song created by Brian Asselin and Eric Disero to honor teachers, Peterson narrated photos of the recipients and testimonials provided by their co-workers.
Those honored were Susan Johnson, Title 1 kindergarten teacher; Johnna Fifer, speech teacher), Amy Daugherty, special education aide; Sandy Ryser, kindergarten teacher; Jim Mullikin, custodian; Dana Cravens, first grade teacher; Chris Bartz, secretary; and Sheila Ray, head custodian.
Peterson said she used a point system to rank people who had been nominated for the honor. The tally, she said, was close in every case. When all was said and done, Ray, the head custodian, received the most votes. She received a bouquet of flowers in addition to the printed recognition all the winners were given.
Peterson said Superintendent Damon Kizzire and Assistant Superintendent Julie Stevenson came up with “Above and Beyond” as a district recognition program. In voting, she said Dear staff members were asked to consider someone who is a hard worker and gives more than 100 percent; maintains a positive attitude; helps even when it may not be their job; doesn’t complain, blame others, or put others down; does what is best for students, is open-minded; someone to be admired, and school would not be the same without this person.