Two long-time UV staff members were recognized Friday morning with annual awards for the 2017-18 school year.
6th grade teacher Laurie Pedersen was presented with the Educator of the Year Award and Sheryl Oglesby was given the CSEA Employee of the Year.
Board President Kristin Rumovicz presented the awards and read nomination summaries that heralded their accomplishments.
Laurie, who is in her 16th year with the district has taught grades six through grade 8. She is the Natinal Junior Honor Society advisor and has previously served as the 8th grade co-advisor and worked with the After-School Athletic Homework Room and Math PLC Team Member.
“Laurie is always doing what is best for kids -- from staying after school multiple times a week for homework help to the countless hours dedicated to advising the Junior Honor Society, she goes the extra mile. Laurie can be seen on the sidelines at student events, chaperoning dances and organizing the many community service hours JHS students need for membership. For many years, she helped put together the 8th grade graduation in role as advisor. At the annual UV Senior Citizen dinner, she can be seen socializing at the tables and greeting people as they come in. She is a bright spot in their day. Laurie knows this community despite living in another one, and treats everyone in it like neighbors and dear friends.” – according to her nomination.
Sheryl is in her 13th year with the district. In addition to being a teacher aide, she has also worked as a bus driver and with the summer school program. She is involved with UV Storm Spirits, the UV After-Prom Committee, and UV “Night of Fun” Committee.
“Sheryl goes above and beyond to ensure the students in the secondary 8:1:1 have opportunities to apply their learning in a real world setting by having them open and run the school store. She did this during the school day as well as gave up many of her evenings to supervise the students running it at games. Sheryl herself has been a learner of marketing and management to model this for students.”
“Few work so well with everyone as Sheryl. She adapts and communicates well with a wide variety of personalities and will work with anyone to help the students learn more.” – according to her nomination.