Thirteen employees of the Sunnyside School District were honored with Golden Apple awards for excellence and dedication at last night's school board meeting.
According to Superintendent Rick Cole, nominees must demonstrate dedication and to children and education.
"The winners all have a reputation for professionalism and have a respect for both staff and students," he said. "They also constantly go out of their way to help others and find ways to positively influence the lives of children."
Cole himself is the recipient of the Golden Apple award for administrator of the year.
School Board member Steve Carpenter presented the award to Cole and said he is a "tireless advocate for student achievement and learning."
Cole responded that he was a "bit embarrassed, but also very honored" to receive the award.
Francisco Garcia received a Golden Apple for volunteer of the year for his service at Sierra Vista Middle School.
David Peterson received support staff of the year honors for his work at the technology center.
Outlook Elementary's Carmela Galvan was recognized as secretary of the year.
Terri Syverson, payroll specialist for the school district, was recognized as the office staff of the year.
Two school district employees were honored as specialist of the year: Sindy Maxwell, a literacy coach at Sierra Vista Middle School, and Ann Omta, a speech language pathologist in the district.
Kari Miller was honored as para-educator of the year for her work at Chief Kamiakin.
Elementary teacher of the year honors went to Susan Downing, a kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary.
Two secondary teachers of the year were recognized: Patricia Griffith from Harrison Middle School and Cheryl Engel of Sierra Vista Middle School.
Valerie Murphy was recognized as the substitute of the year.