Lana Hiskey

Nebo School District wants to showcase our Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education. The award is administered by the Communications and Community Relations Department.

Lynn Hansen, Speech, Spring Lake, Goshen, Santaquin
Nominated by: Mike Larsen, Brent Coffman, Chad Argyle, Lorie Reese, Cheri Cornaby
“Lynn, without an ounce of complaint or need for any form of fanfare, accepted responsibilities as a speech and language pathologist at three elementary schools with a caseload of students that is well beyond typical. Lynn completed these responsibilities at the highest level of efficiency and exactness, as well as consistently demonstrating kindness and consideration for all he serves. Lynn is a perfect example of what it means to give and go the extra mile in helping and serving others.”

“Lynn's example of flexibility and willingness to help wherever he's needed has made all the difference for his students, their families, and his grateful co-workers here in Nebo District. He shows us all that when we put kids' best interests at the heart of all we do, miracles can and do take place in their lives - and ours. By forgetting himself and putting kids first, Lynn has become absolutely indispensable to us! He shows us all that we can do more than we think is possible. He is an amazing educator and positive contributor at three bustling schools.”

Candi Bown, Audiologist, Across District
Nominated by: Lin McKinnon
“Candi shows a genuine love and concern for the kids who come to her office. She goes above and beyond the usual audiologist's job. Candi saw that my son needed new hearing aids and found a way to help us do that. My kids have been to many audiologists in their 12 and 15 years of life. They both absolutely adore Candi! She has been able to really connect with each of their different personalities and make a difference in their lives. My kids know and feel that she genuinely cares for them and wants the best for them. They trust that what she tells them is for their good and are willing to do the things she suggests. Candi is an absolute GEM!”

Nathan Wright, Teacher, Rees Elementary
Nominated by: Abbey Marshall, Marnie Meredith, Tiesha Christensen, Adam Gull
“Mr. Wright is a positive influence on the children in his classes. He does an amazing job of preparing kids for junior high. Each SEP I have attended has been a positive and uplifting experience for myself and my child. He helps students feel confident with their abilities.”

“Mr. Wright is so awesome! I don’t know how many years he’s been teaching at Rees, but I know it’s a lot. He deserves an award because you can tell he really cares about his students and their learning. I believe he truly wants them to succeed at their highest potential and gets his students ready for junior high. You can tell he wants them to enjoy learning and has them engaged in activities that will help spark an interest. Mr. Wright has been easy to talk to, and I feel he has addressed any questions or concerns I might have had with my child. He sends home a weekly sheet with his students on what’s going on in their class that week, and that’s very helpful! Again, Mr. Wright deserves an award because he does an incredible job!”

“Mr. Wright is amazing!! He is so good at getting the kids ready for junior high. He loves each kid individually and highlights the good things they are doing. He excels in math and science and makes the kids excited about these subjects. My twins had him last year and almost every kid in their class qualified for honors math the following year. His smile is his greatest quality. It is genuine and seems to always be on his face. I highly recommend him for this award and hope you consider him.”

“Nate is a Nebo Hero. Nate is a GIANT of a man with a big heart and contagious smile. He is a role model to his students by the way he treats others and how he teaches them to respect one another. He cares deeply about the success of his students. Parents have come back to me and expressed how much they appreciate the way he prepared their students for junior high. He takes on extra duties like science fair and chess club along with any other needs in the school and does so willingly. He is involved in coaching in the community and has a huge impact on not only Rees students, but students throughout the district.”

Jessica Ribble, Teacher, Hobble Creek Elementary
Nominated by: Mike Johnson
“Jessica is not only an amazing teacher, she is willing to jump in and lend a hand whenever it is needed. When Jessica was a half-day kindergarten teacher, she volunteered multiple times to substitute for other teachers who became ill or whose sub cancelled on them for the afternoon. It was not uncommon to see Jessica helping in the front office during registration or lending a hand to teachers who needed help with technology issues. One cannot mention Jessica's name without bragging about her love of children and the amazing climate she brings each and every day to her kindergarten class. Jessica Ribble is what you call a true team player.”

Gretchen Powell, Special Education Technician, Payson Junior
Nominated by: Mark Davis, Jake Corbett
“Mrs. Powell works with severe special education students especially when these students are mainstreamed into the regular classrooms. She helps them with their work, social skills, peer integration, etc. Mrs. Powell has done this for many years and deserves recognition for all her amazing work.”

Jason Beardall, Assistant Principal Springville High
Nominated by: Teresa Gordon, Dawn Stoddard, Kelley Kurban, Mark Binks, Jamey Smith, Connie Parker
“Jason Beardall is a true example of Positive Energy and Kindness at SHS. He is at work everyday bright and early and always ready to tackle whatever lies ahead for the day. I have seen Jason at work with students. He is always kind, understanding and never loses his cool in the most difficult situations.”

“Jason has not only done an exceptional job in his position as Dean of Students as as a Teacher on Special Assignment, he has done an exceptional job filling in as an Assistant Principal. Not only does he meet with students and parents in his designated alphabet, he is fulfilling the additional workload of a former employee. Jason meets with students and parents, manages the custodial staff, manages the ticket taker schedule for all sports activities and attends all the games in addition to many other responsibilities. There is no one more deserving of this award than Jason Beardall at Springville High School. Jason is the consummate team player!”

“Jason always goes above and beyond in helping students, faculty and staff. He is always willing to help with after school activities and sports events, even though it has often been a sacrifice for him and his family. He has taken on extra work with the medical absence of an assistant principal and is always positive and smiling. He really does a wonderful job and is so valuable at SHS!”

“I can’t think of anyone who epitomizes the very definition of the PEAK Award more than Jason Beardall. Positive Energy And Kindness… this is exactly how Jason approaches every day and how he treats everyone; students, faculty and staff alike. Jason is a huge asset to Springville High and is so deserving of this award and recognition. From day one, he has been deeply committed to his work here at Springville High School and not only does Jason excel at his own responsibilities, but he has always been willing to step in wherever needed and often without being asked. His willingness to assist others and his commitment to the students here and their education is unequaled. Jason is quick to respond when needed and is thorough in ensuring all loose ends are completed. He always makes sure he follows through with any task given him. He is a great example of leadership. In the last few years that I have worked with Jason, I have him seen go far above and beyond what is expected. Whether or not he has been overwhelmed or had a bad day, you would never know it. Jason is always upbeat and positive and keeps a smile on his face. He takes time to let others know that he is grateful for all that they do and is always quick to say thank you (and often at the times when we need to hear it the most). The students here love Mr. Beardall! Jason has earned our utmost respect and gratitude for all that he does and for always being a positive, fun, hard-working, and kind person. It is with great pleasure that I respectfully submit this nomination for Jason Beardall to be recognized as a recipient of Nebo’s PEAK Award.”

“Jason has served the students and faculty for the past three years as a Teacher on Special Assignment. He is highly motivated to make sure everyone is taking care of and offers help wherever needed. He greets everyone with a smile and is always positive. He is always looking to lighten the load for his co-workers and motivates students with his kindness and energy.”

“I have enjoyed working with Jason. He is very positive, and I have never heard him complain about his extra work load that he has had for a while. Jason is always early and stays late. Jason is very efficient and effective in dealing with whatever situation occurs. He always keeps his ‘cool’ in tough situations and treats everyone with respect. Jason organizes the ticket taker's at the sporting events, he gives everyone plenty of notice and sends out reminders. I think Jason is an excellent choice for the PEAK Award. He exemplifies professionalism, dedication, and hardwork.”

“Jason is one of the most dedicated employees at Springville High School. He is doing his job along with many other assignments. I have watched him do them with ease as well as with detail and in the best interest of the student or employee. Some situations can be very difficult or uncomfortable, and yet he takes care of them on a very professional and timely manner. He is so dependable and accurate in is responsibilities. I feel like he has had some exceptional experience with administrative decisions and responsibilities.”

This initiative is designed to focus on "raising the bar" on providing exceptional customer service, both internally and externally. A key component of this initiative is the development of the PEAK Award. The PEAK (Positive Energy and Kindness) Award is presented monthly to someone in the Nebo School District who "really gets it" when it comes to providing exceptional customer service, which in turn results in positive impacts on everyone including students, parents, co-workers and members of the community.

Who Gets Nominated?
Faculty and staff members are nominated by anyone in the community through the Nebo School District website, wherein a special Customer Service link is provided. The directions as to how to nominate an employee for the PEAK Awards are clearly spelled out on the site. All nominations must include information on how the individual has provided exceptional customer service, as well as how the employee's actions impacted the nominator's overall perception of Nebo School District Schools. The name and contact information of the nominator must be included.

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