Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 7, 2011
CSD 13 school board makes employee recognition awards
At a special meeting held June 16, the CSD Board approved 2010-11 Employee Recognition Awards for high school guidance secretary Susan Siebert and high school French/Spanish teacher Judith Hotchkiss. These awards are presented each year to a member of the faculty and a member of the support staff in recognition of outstanding service to the school system, according to a press release from Superintendent Robert Webster.
In the release Webster wrote that Siebert has been a very effective school employee for more than 10 years. Each year she is one of the key people who plan the high school commencement ceremony. Siebert organizes the scholarship awards portion of graduation, including the detailed script used for the presentation of awards to members of the graduating class.
Over the past year Siebert has worked diligently to implement the new student information system software, assisting the main office on many occasions. She has helped staff the main office during periods of extended absences for two administrative assistants. Siebert volunteers her time at the school supervising special events. “She has always been a highly efficient employee known for using her time on the job effectively,” Webster said.
Hotchkiss has taught Spanish and French at Deer Isle-Stonington High School since 2005. She has frequently used her planning period to work with students taking advanced language courses that would not fit into the school’s master schedule. “As a result of her initiative, students in world language classes have enjoyed wonderful experiences on field trips to Central American countries,” Webster said.
Hotchkiss demonstrates her commitment to lifelong learning by taking courses to become a literacy teacher leader. As a teacher leader she has taken charge of content literacy grant activities. She chairs one of the high school’s professional learning community groups. She also serves on the principal’s school leadership team.