District 90 honors January Teacher and Support Staff Member

Ms. Alyssa Bengtson was honored as the January 2019 Teacher of the Month by the District 90 Board of Education at their last meeting (Submitted Photo)

The District 90 Board of Education recognized the January 2019 Teacher and Support Staff of the Month at their recent meeting. This month’s staff recognition program was sponsored by Todd Stonewater, Edward Jones.

Ms. Alyssa Bengtson was recognized and applauded as the D90 Teacher of the Month for January 2019. 

Alyssa strives to make a difference in the lives of the students she teaches. Her lessons, activities, and plans are creative yet challenging. Her assessments are thorough yet individualized, and her conversations are kind yet honest. Alyssa strives to always become better as an educator. She participates in the preschool-level improvement planning (including presenting and participating in professional learning communities), is an active member of school committees and enrichment programs, and collaborates with other school staff to ensure the needs of the children are always a priority. 

Director of Early Learning, Gina Harding said, “I have had the opportunity to support Ms Alyssa during challenging conversations with tearful preschool parents. She shares obstacles and road blocks for learning in a compassionate manner that empowers parents and alleviates anxiety- as they worry about their child and what is to come. We are lucky to have Ms Alyssa as a member of our District 90 team as she builds the foundation for our youngest learners!”

Ms. Tracy Kerr was honored as the January 2019 Support Staff Member of the Month by the District 90 Board of Education at their last meeting (Submitted Photo)

Ms. Tracy Kerr was honored as the D90 Support Staff Member of the Month for January 2019.

Tracy is an individual who goes above and beyond each day for Carriel Jr. High School. She is often one step ahead, helping students remain organized, ensuring proper communication between students and teachers as well as communication home by way of the student agendas. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she goes above and beyond by serving on the PBIS Tier 1 team to promote positive behavior school-wide. Her involvement is truly a reflection of her passion to bring positivity to our students, staff and school. 

Tracy has been instrumental in carrying out our school theme this year. We are truly able to “Rock this Year” with her reminders throughout the building. She took it upon herself to use positive song lyrics from various artists to display around the building as a constant reminder of positivity. Using her top notch decorating skills, she put forth the extra effort to decorate the entire sixth grade wing with various musical reminders. Tracy also devotes time to maintaining our school store where students can purchase items using Cougar Coupons earned from positive behavior. 

Principals Hays and Brokering say, “We appreciate Mrs. Kerr’s pride in our school and the efforts she devotes each day to bring positivity to Carriel!”