November 2022 Nebo PEAK Award Winners

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Wed, 11/09/2022 - 19:16
November PEAK Award Winners 2022
Debbie Chandler, Special Education Support, Brockbank Elementary Nominated by: Jen Jolley & Laura Collett
Emily Bowers, Teacher, Spanish Fork Junior; Nominated by: Kelliann Wright, Esther Zacharias, Julie Green
Allison Mower, Librarian, Valley View Middle; Nominated by: Angelyn Perkins, Debra Hulet, Lori Cunningham, Scott Johnson, Christine Beardall, Ale Labrum, Mark Haight, Emma Bearman, Heather Christiansen
Kyle Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Mt. Loafer Elementary; Nominated by: Deon Bradford
Nicole Steiner, Teacher, East Meadows Elementary; Nominated by: Stephanie Taylor
Jamie Cook, Nurse, Maple Ridge Middle; Nominated by: Lindsey Smith

Nebo School District wants to showcase our Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education. The award is administered by the Communications and Community Relations Department. 

Debbie Chandler, Special Education Support, Brockbank Elementary
Nominated by: Jen Jolley & Laura Collett

“Debbie is exceptional! She is an essential key to the success of our special education program. She works hand-in-hand with Laura Collett to meet the needs of the students in her care. She makes learning fun, and the students can’t wait for the time they spend with her! Debbie is Laura’s rock. She accomplishes any task that Laura needs. Debbie is always calm, happy, positive, and willing to fill any need that arises. Brockbank needed a morning supervision person, Debbie happily filled the need. She cares about the safety and well being of every student. To know Debbie, is to love Debbie! She has a way of genuinely making every person feel loved and important! Brockbank is extremely grateful to have her!”

Emily Bowers, Teacher, Spanish Fork Junior
Nominated by: Kelliann Wright, Esther Zacharias, Julie Green

“Emily comes to work every day happy to be here. She has a sincere desire to help her students learn math concepts. Almost every day, before or after school, there are students in her classroom getting the help that they need. Another thing I appreciate about Emily is that she is a willing learner. She is eager to teach but just as eager to learn how to be better. She welcomes new ideas and opportunities to learn and grow.” ~Kelliann Wright

“Emily is such a great teacher and her students love her. Emily implements new approaches in her classroom that help students learn, such as having large whiteboards on all the walls where students are encouraged to use collaboratively to solve math problems. Emily also has taken time to show me how to use technology in my own classroom. She is truly a team player and lifts all those around her up.” ~Esther Zacharias

“Emily does an amazing job with students. She is here before school and after school to help them understand math. She also runs a math study hall class and gives up her prep most days to go above and beyond to help students.” ~Julie Green

Allison Mower, Librarian, Valley View Middle
Nominated by: Angelyn Perkins, Debra Hulet, Lori Cunningham, Scott Johnson, Christine Beardall, Ale Labrum, Mark Haight, Emma Bearman, Heather Christiansen

“The most amazing, unique library around is at Valley View Middle School. Allison Mower, our librarian, has created such a fun, relaxing, and engaging environment. It is evident that Allison Mower’s mission is to provide a place where all students desire to spend their extra time. Students want to be in the library so badly that when the bell rings for lunch or afternoon recess, you better watch out. They move quickly to get there. It is a place where students can read, socialize, play games, build, create, explore 3D printing, coloring, drawing, making jewelry and much, much more. This is only the tip of the iceberg that Mrs. Mower provides and oversees. She spends countless hours teaching students the ins and outs of good research practice with the English classes and buying and reading books that are then added to the shelves for the students. She jumps in and substitutes when needed. Furthermore, she is over the school's social media and end-of-the-year testing. Additionally, she brings in authors to meet with our students and community to inspire and teach writing skills. She has helped many librarians throughout the district. Alison is a Jack-of- All-Trades. She juggles many activities, manages a library, teaches students, supports teachers, has a positive contagious smile, and the greatest attitude the entire time. She is a gift, a true positive asset to the school. I admire her happy, bubbly interaction with the students, faculty, and the parents. It is a privilege to work with her. She has helped me with countless projects; and, most of all, she takes the time to stop by my classroom where she builds me up and acknowledges my strengths. She always has time for the students, coworkers, and parents.” ~Angie Perkins

“I can't say enough about why it is a privilege to work with Allison! She revolutionized the library at Payson Junior High when I was there - she was like Mary Poppins, saving the day and making everything magical and fun! The teachers love her and think, like me, that she is the best librarian ever. She brings in 3-D printers, botanical gardens, and mind-puzzling games for students. Allison reads the books and knows exactly what to recommend to each student and somehow is able to light the fire of reading in even the most reluctant reader. The students love her because she loves them and cares so deeply about their learning and well being. But not everything she does is for the students: she is an awesome champion of the teachers, a fantastic and never-ending source of ideas, and a faithful friend!” ~Debra Hulet

“Allison Mower is amazing, and I do believe the best librarian ever. She keeps the library full of wonderful books and activities that interest all students. She is so magnanimous with all of our Valley View students, and they love her. She creates an atmosphere of peace and belonging in the library, where all students feel nurtured and cared for in her presence. She gets the readers to read more and the non readers to read something they love. She provides puzzles and marble runs that are so intricate and involved and students love to come in and see what is new in the Library. The 3D puzzles, wood working, and other activities keep so many students coming back for more. We know how lucky we are to have her.” ~Lori Cunningham

“It's a privilege working with Allison Mower because she is far and away the best librarian in the district. She always has a positive attitude and works tirelessly to make sure every student, especially the ones with nowhere else to go, feel safe and comfortable when they enter the library. Every month, she has something new and exciting for students to create, and she is always open to having teachers bring their classes in to pick out books or mess around with some of the fun games found throughout. Allison has also been a great friend to have at the school, and I very much enjoy the conversations we share. Because of these things, it is an amazing privilege to work with Allison Mower.” ~Mark Haight

“Allison Mower is a superstar. I believe that the Library should be the heart of the school, and that is exactly what it is here at Valley View Middle School. She welcomes students into the library and is involved in their learning. Students know they are important to her. She consistently has contests going that reach a certain level of the student body that would not be reached by anyone else. Students feel that it is a privilege to be able to be in the library and around her. She is an enthusiastic advocate for literacy, both with the students and the faculty. I have been around many school librarians in my time as an educator, and Allison Mower is by far at the top of that list.” ~Scott Johnson

“Allison Mower absolutely loves Valley View Middle students. If you've ever spent time in her library, you know it has a fun welcoming atmosphere; and it is all because of her. She works so hard to make the library a place for all types of students, whether they like reading or not. She spends time getting to know each student and their interests, so that she can find the perfect book to spark their love of reading. This year, she took the time to find science books to put in my classroom for students to look at when they finish their work early. She did such a good job finding engaging books that kids beg me to let them read when they finish their work early. When I went with my students to the library for class to learn how to do research, she was engaging and entertaining. I have seen students using Utah's Online Library to look up information during my class thanks to her. She also did a great job teaching them how to use Google better. Overall, Allison is an excellent educator and it is a privilege to work with her.” ~Emma Bearman

“Allison is always positive, and creates a fun, safe place for the students to spend time in. Our media center is full of incredible things for the students to do. They can work on 3D printing, GlowForge projects, puzzles, building projects, just to name a few. They can also check out books from a large and ever-growing collection of books. Allison is willing to help wherever she is needed, and I admire her energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love and concern for the students. It's a pleasure to work with her!” ~Christine Beardall

“I've been lucky enough to work with Allison in two schools. When she came to work here at Valley View, I remember how upset and sad the other teachers and administration were from the other school when she left because she is seriously the best librarian and is super fun to be around! Allison is funny, positive, and energetic. When you talk to her, you can feel that she cares about you, whether you are a teacher or a student. It is no wonder why students love being in the library. I love how creative Allison is, too. She is always finding ways to get students to love to read and make her library more inviting. Valley View is so lucky to have Allison, and it really wouldn't be the same without her.” ~Ale Labrum

“Allison Mower goes the extra mile in everything she does. She helps stock the copy rooms, does the website, and plans so many activities for the kids throughout the year--all of which she doesn't have to do. She knows how to connect with the kids while giving them safe boundaries to play within. She always speaks highly of her coworkers and the students. She is a positive person to be around. I am so privileged to have her as an example.” ~Heather Christiansen

Kyle Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Mt. Loafer Elementary
Nominated by: Deon Bradford

“Kyle is always willing to do whatever is necessary to help students achieve their goals. He is prepared for all of his meetings with parents. The parents can tell he cares about their children and that he wants to help them with their goals. He helps all of the teachers he works with and gives us great ideas to help our students achieve their fine motor skills. You can tell Kyle does his research and really cares about all the people he comes in contact with.”

Nicole Steiner, Teacher, East Meadows Elementary
Nominated by: Stephanie Taylor

“Nicole goes above and beyond to serve her students. She is always available before and after school for students that ask questions and need help. She is always looking for ways she can help others. Nicole has a positive energy that radiates from her to everyone she meets. She is creative and fun and makes learning enjoyable for her students and her team.”

Jamie Cook, Nurse, Maple Ridge Middle
Nominated by: Lindsey Smith

“Jamie is a bright ray of sunshine at our school. She is always positive, happy, kind, and cheerful to everyone she comes across. She looks out for everyone and lifts those around her. Jamie is awesome!”

This initiative is designed to focus on "raising the bar" on providing exceptional customer service, both internally and externally. A key component of this initiative is the development of the PEAK Award. The PEAK (Positive Energy and Kindness) Award is presented monthly to someone in the Nebo School District who "really gets it" when it comes to providing exceptional customer service, which in turn results in positive impacts on everyone including students, parents, co-workers and members of the community.

Who Gets Nominated?
Faculty and staff members are nominated by anyone in the community through the Nebo School District website, wherein a special Customer Service link is provided. The directions as to how to nominate an employee for the PEAK Awards are clearly spelled out on the site. All nominations must include information on how the individual has provided exceptional customer service, as well as how the employee's actions impacted the nominator's overall perception of Nebo School District Schools. The name and contact information of the nominator must be included.

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By Lana Hiskey