May 2023 Nebo PEAK Award Winners

Submitted by lana.hiskey on
May PEAK Award Winners 2023
Becky Manning, Facilitator, Maple Ridge Elementary, Nominated by: Sara Matis, Melissa Anderson, Jen Gatley, Wendy Simmons
Angelyn Perkins, Teacher, Valley View Middle, Nominated by: Lori Cunningham, Ale Labrum, Heather Christiansen, Daniel Stolworthy
Alyssa Oldroyd Powers, Intervention Specialist, Meadow Brook Elementary, Nominated by: Kathleen Ware
Ryan Murray, Principal, Spanish Oaks Elementary, Nominated by: Kelsey Glenn, Tara Jackson, Holly Frasche, Stacey Johnson, Steffani Waggoner
Tiffany Whitney, Secretary, Brookside Elementary, Nominated by: Jennifer Grant
April Albertson, Child Nutrition, East Meadows, Nominated by: Madie Treanor

May 2023 Nebo PEAK Award Winners

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.

Becky Manning, Facilitator, Maple Ridge Elementary
Nominated by: Sara Matis, Melissa Anderson, Jen Gatley, Wendy Simmon
“As you know, Becky Manning is a valuable employee and master teacher. She is well known and recognized throughout our district. It is hard to convey the impact that she makes daily on students and teachers. Consequently, we have chosen the medium of song to adequately portray our feelings of her greatness. Please sing to the tune of the Brady Bunch theme song.

“Here’s the story, of a gal named Becky. Who was mentoring almost 13 brand new teachers. All of them are always planned, like their mentor… who sometimes PREcrastinates.

“Here’s the story, of a gal named Becky. Who is busy with three kids of her own. But still finds time to counsel others, though not a licensed therapist.

“And she even runs our school's social media. She also gives our technical support. And she has the best candy jar in all of Nebo. That’s the way she became our fave facilitator.

“Our Becky Manning
She is the best!
That’s the way she became a top facilitator.”

Angelyn Perkins, Teacher, Valley View Middle
Nominated by: Lori Cunningham, Ale Labrum, Heather Christiansen, Daniel Stolworthy

“Mrs. Perkins works very hard each year to produce plays and musical theater performances for sixth- and seventh-grade students. She goes above and beyond every single day. She also has the most amazing lessons planned for her drama and theater tech students. She does everything in such a way that all students feel cared for and are stretched to perform. The students have so much fun with her program. We love having her talent and drama program at Valley View Middle School!” ~Lori Cunningham

“Angie is such a fabulous coworker and teacher! I have loved getting to know her—you’ll never meet a more positive and uplifting teacher. Her energy is just contagious and is not only felt by other teachers but also by the students. Angie also goes above and beyond for the students at Valley View. She puts in countless hours after school for drama productions and does such an exceptional job. She is loved by everyone at Valley View Middle School!” ~Ale Labrum

“She ALWAYS puts the students first. I helped her with the school play and got to see first hand how she wants it to be the ‘students’ play. She lets them run with their ideas for costumes, props, back stories, etc. Other teachers want to control it so it is ‘perfect,’ but she lets the kids own it. What a great example of trusting students and letting them rise to the occasion.” ~Heather Christiansen

“Angie puts in far beyond the required hours of work in order to provide quality theater classes for our kids at Valley View Middle School. She is not required to produce a play, yet she provides that experience for kids outside school hours multiple times each school year with countless hours of after school work. Kids rave about her classes and love participating in her school play productions. Angie's ability to manage large groups with positivity is unmatched.” ~Daniel Stolworthy

Alyssa Oldroyd Powers, Intervention Specialist, Meadow Brook Elementary
Nominated by: Kathleen Ware

“Alyssa is our school ESSER. She is quiet, soft spoken, and so professional. Her greatest strength is that she constantly seeks out the ‘one’ and puts what is best for kids first. So many times, last year, she came into my classroom and gathered struggling students for extra help beyond the scheduled time for interventions. Every time I asked her a question or asked for her help, she responded quickly and was always willing to help. She is consistently positive and pleasant to work with. Thank you Alyssa for helping. You rock!”

Ryan Murray, Principal, Spanish Oaks Elementary
Nominated by: Kelsey Glenn, Tara Jackson, Holly Frasche, Stacey Johnson, Steffani Waggoner

“Mr. Murray shows a genuine interest in each child. He is outside every day before and after school giving the kids high fives. He does a great job at encouraging the kids to do their best. He looks for ways on how to improve education for all students. His positive and encouraging attitude makes the school a great place for students to learn and grow!” ~ Kelsey Glenn

“Ryan is always so positive and happy. He makes all of his staff feel important. He takes time to talk with us and is always aware of the good in others and what they are doing. He is always outside in the morning to welcome the kids to school. He finds the kids that need a little extra attention and makes them feel important. Ryan is an outstanding leader and a wonderful person.s” ~ Stacey Johnson

“Ryan is a thoughtful and considerate principal who cares about the welfare of his students. He goes out of his way to help students who are struggling to be at school and is always looking for a solution that will give kids a sense of purpose. We have a handful of kids who struggle with anxiety, and Ryan works with them to come up with a manageable plan so they will stay and not constantly want to go home. He'll give these kids a special job to do around the school or with a specific class, or even allow them to call home once a day to check in. All of these measures have contributed to more consistent attendance with our struggling students. We are so glad to have Ryan at Spanish Oaks!” ~ Holly Frasche

“Ryan is a great person and principal. I love how he greets the students outside every morning and makes sure everyone is picked up in the afternoon,” ~Steffani Waggoner

“Mr. Murray is extremely positive, encouraging and an exceptional principal. I love that he greets every student as they come to the school each day. The kids feel his love, and it helps them want to come to school. My daughters think he is the BEST principal ever!” ~Tara Jackson

Tiffany Whitney, Secretary, Brookside Elementary
Nominated by: Jennifer Grant

“Tiffany greets all who enter into Brookside Elementary with a smile! She goes above and beyond making sure students, teachers, staff, and parents have their needs met. She is first to step in and complete a job when she sees something needs to be done. She is organized, kind, and friendly. She is truly one in a million!”

April Albertson, Child Nutrition, East Meadows
Nominated by: Madie Treanor

“April goes above and beyond within her job responsibilities. She is extremely patient with the students here at East Meadows. When change comes, as it often does with lunch menu options and such, she just goes with it and has the best attitude. April has worked on a lunch staff that has been short a person or two at times. During these times she works quickly and efficiently to make sure students are getting their lunch in time. I appreciate this because she is mindful of my lunch time as a teacher and tries her best to help my kids get their lunches quickly. Overall April makes lunchtime a positive experience for the students, teachers, and lunch staff.”

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.

#TheClimb #NeboHero #NeboSchoolDistrict #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #ThankATeacher #LoveTeaching #PEAKAward

By Lana Hiskey