September 2022 Nebo PEAK Award Winners

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September 2022 Nebo PEAK Awards
Deon Youd, Teacher, Spanish Fork High, Nominated by: Ryann Bayless, Jade Andersen, Matt Christensen
Diane K. Martin, Education Technician, Payson Junior, Nominated by: Chris Killpack & Tammy Halcrow
Kendall Bosch, Teacher, Maple Grove Middle, Nominated by: Kate Elliott and students: Taylor Jackson, Adilynn Peavler, Macey Humble, Tate Norman, Daisy Mae, Brooklyn Patching, Austin Sargent
Jordan Millett, Custodian, Park Elementary, Nominated by: Park Staff
Megan Oropeza, Teacher, Meadow Brook Elementary, Nominated by: Morgan Peterson
Julie Wilcox, Special Ed. Technician, Foothills Elementary, Nominated by: Olivia Chatterton

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. 

Deon Youd, Teacher, Spanish Fork High
Nominated by: Ryann Bayless, Jade Andersen, Matt Christensen

“Deon is an exceptional teacher and mentor. She is an educator that always puts her students first and cares about what is best for them. Over the past four years that I have been teaching, she has offered endless support and encouragement in countless ways. This past December, I ended up getting very sick and missed over a month of school. Deon truly went above and beyond; she brought dinner to my family while I was in the hospital, checked on me almost daily, and then oversaw or planned all of my lessons in addition to her own. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation at this significant act of service. Deon does her job exceptionally well and asks for no recognition or reward. She is a selfless example of what it means to truly make a difference in the lives of her students and those fortunate enough to know her.” 
~ Ryann Bayless

“Deon is one of those teachers that impacts students’ lives through every action that she makes. Within her classroom, she creates an environment that students thrive in. Just walking into her classroom, one can feel her passion to help students succeed. Recently Deon wrote sub plans for an ill teacher’s class. This made it possible for the teacher to concentrate about getting better. This extra effort also allowed those students to continue on their educational journey. Deon truly embodies Spanish Fork High's motto of: ‘Here We Learn for Life.’ Thanks Deon! SFHS loves you!!!”
~ Jade Andersen

“Deon Youd is an exceptional teacher. She is loved by her students and is loved and respected by the faculty and staff at Spanish Fork High School. She looks out for the well-being of others. We had a teacher that became very ill. Deon did not hesitate and immediately stepped up and provided lesson plans for her co-worker. We were impressed with Deon's willingness to help. She spent many extra hours preparing meaningful and powerful lesson plans. She is the perfect example of providing exceptional service to others. Thanks Deon for all you do!”
~Matt Christensen

Diane K. Martin, Education Technician, Payson Junior
Nominated by: Chris Killpack & Tammy Halcrow

“Diane has always been a hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated servant of students, but it is within the last couple of months that she has really shined more than usual. Payson Junior began a pilot program of providing a classroom for up to six students who need an alternative placement from their regular school schedule due to attendance or behavior challenges. Diane was assigned to tutor students in this setting on their elective classes and to assist teachers in core content instruction. These students are some of the most challenging students in the school, and a new group begins the program every three weeks. Diane has been amazing in building relationships and connecting with these students in ways that help them feel successful, cared for, and heard. Some of these students have started referring to her as ‘Mrs. Mom.’ We couldn't have been as successful with this pilot program if it weren't for Diane's amazing efforts at motivating and teaching our at-risk students. We are so lucky to have her at Payson Junior.”

Kendall Bosch, Teacher, Maple Grove Middle
Nominated by: Kate Elliott and students: Taylor Jackson, Adilynn Peavler, Macey Humble, Tate Norman, Daisy Mae, Brooklyn Patching, Austin Sargent

“Kendall Bosch is an inspirational teacher.  Her students adore her and know that she is creative in the ways she presents math so that every student can feel like a brilliant mathematician. She always looks for the best qualities in her students and finds ways to connect and build positive relationships with every student. She is also an amazing graphic artist and has been instrumental in creating the artwork that hangs at Maple Grove. She also designed the tree that is represented on the MGMS website and designs flyers for plays and other events at the school!  Miss Bosch is a dedicated and committed teacher, mentor and friend!  We love Miss Bosch!” 

“She is really nice, and she has a really kind heart. She helps me with lots of stuff and is really cool. I like Miss Bosch because she helps me get through hard things.” ~Macey Humble

“Math is the hardest subject and students need math. She helps a lot of people with math.” ~Tate Norman

“She is always there to help us and makes math fun!!!!!!” ~DaisyMae F.

“She is always caring and will go out of her way to help. She is an amazing teacher and I have so much fun in her class because she is super funny. I look forward to sixth period.” ~Brooklyn Patching

“She always stays calm and teaches better ways to do math.” ~Austin Sargent

“She helps us to succeed in our goal for whatever topic we are learning. She always makes our learning fun and she explains things very well. She is a great teacher.” ~Taylor J.

“She helps us have fun while doing math.” ~Adilynn Peavler

Jordan Millett, Custodian, Park Elementary
Nominated by: Lyndsey Hughes, Bruce Elliott, Aubree Judkins, Lindsey Sheen, Candri Webb, Charla Andersen, Natalie Taylor, Paige Wilson, Heather Jones, Penny McEntire, Sheree Storrer, Janae McAllister, Carrie Dunn, Amy Bird, Tannis Graves, LesLee Hunt, Mandee Webster, Alyse James & Erin Huntsman 

“Jordan has been amazing to be the first to help with anything. Within moments of emailing him, he shows up and takes care of the issue or problem. He is kind and considerate. He is fun to talk to and looks out for all of us and the students. Our students also love him. The school is always clean and professional looking because Jordan cares!”

“Jordan is ALWAYS willing to go above and beyond to make sure students and staff are safe. He will go the extra mile by sending an email of possible dangers such as ice in the parking lot that staff needs to be aware of as they leave the day. He tries everything in his power to solve any of the issues brought to him. If he can't solve it, he will get someone from the district to our school who can. He is such an asset to our school!”

Megan Oropeza, Teacher, Meadow Brook Elementary
Nominated by: Morgan Peterson

“Megan goes above and beyond for students. She comes early to get her work done and keeps us all on task. She knows how to work hard and play hard! She gives up her planning time in the morning to help students feel incredible by making sure students feel ready for the day! Megan gives unconditionally and always goes above and beyond for her team, school, and students!”

Julie Wilcox, Special Ed. Technician, Foothills Elementary
Nominated by: Olivia Chatterton

“Julie goes above and beyond to serve the students she works with. She is always positive and kind. She is a joy to be around! Julie is an excellent choice for the Nebo PEAK (Positive Energy and Kindness Award).”

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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By Lana Hiskey