2023 Regional Excellence Award Recipients Announced

Published On: April 24th, 2023|Categories: Awards, District News, News|
2023 Regional Excellence Award Recipients Announced

On April 17, 2023 school districts in Okanogan County came together to celebrate and thank extraordinary certificated and classified individuals who give daily and unselfishly to the students in their schools.

The event was hosted by Tonasket School District as part of the annual Excellence in Education Awards program. The program was created in 1985 by the North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) as a way for districts to honor, recognize and say “thank you” to their dedicated staff.

The evening was one to remember with a buffet dinner courtesy of Tonasket Migrant Program and entertainment from the Bridgeport Band and Tonasket La Chispa Dancers. Districts also recognized the award recipients with a variety of video presentations.

Other districts around the region continue to celebrate their staff in a variety of ways. For example, Cascade School District celebrated their award recipients with a special dinner where the school board presented both individuals with a plaque.

Congratulations to the following Excellence Award Recipients

Brewster School District

  • Araceli Lopez, Home Visitor
  • Tram Hiltz, Instructional Coach

Bridgeport School District

  • Raelynn Dezellem, Special Education Director

  • Christin Larson, Math Teacher

Cascade School District

  • Renée Moore, Paraeducator

  • Micah Rieke, Physical Education Teacher

Grand Coulee Dam School District

  • Wendy Olbricht, Paraprofessional

  • Susan Duclos, CTE Instructor

Mansfield School District

  • Tiffany Fletcher, Paraprofessional

  • Jesse Freels, 3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Methow Valley School District

  • Sue Northcott, Special Education Paraeducator

  • Michaela Query, Multilingual Learner/World Language Instructor

Okanogan School District

  • Ricardo Britton, High School Custodian

  • Dennis O’Connor, High School English & Foreign Language Teacher

Omak School District

  • Constanza Smith, Bilingual/Migrant Programs Director

  • Elaine Lewis, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor

Pateros School District

  • Pam Haley, Librarian

  • Amy Stennes, K-12 Counselor

Tonasket School District

  • Sarah Prock, Tonasket Middle School Secretary

  • Sarah Kirkelie, 3rd grade Teacher

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2023 Regional Excellence Award Recipients Announced