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Klein ISD Names Employees of the Year
Jun 01 2017 - 04:38:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Klein ISD is excited to announce this year’s District Employees of the Year:

Clerical Employee of the Year: Neta McNabb
Klein Forest Principal Secretary Neta McNabb has been in Klein ISD for the last 16 years. McNabb is known for her flexibility, calm manner, and kind heart. McNabb has supported the school initiatives of three different principals in less than one full school year and has ensured a smooth transition. “McNabb is able to speak with parents and assists them in any way they need,” House Principal Nicholas Moore said. “She assists teachers, substitutes, and administrators with a variety of issues in addition to displaying the campus’ core values every day.”

Teacher’s Assistant of the Year: Alane Bryant
In the last 10 years of her employment with Klein ISD, Alane Bryant has been an active teacher’s assistant at both Schultz and her current campus Mueller. Bryant is responsible for monitoring students across the campus, delivers items to classrooms, afterschool daycare duty and jumping in when Mueller teachers need an extra hand. “Ms. Bryant knows her students so well. She makes sure on tough mornings that the girls get their hair fixed and that their outfits are just right,” Principal Pattie Holecek said. “She is always on the lookout for rewards that will inspire her students to work harder and use the skills they are learning to be the best students they can be.”

Professional Support Employee of the Year: Jessica Scheller
In addition to her job as the Librarian at Eiland Elementary, Jessica Scheller is a Klein Ambassador, co-sponsor for Name That Book and the Eiland Coding Club. She tutors students, currently serves on the Eiland Leadership Team and is a part of the C.I.D.C. Scheller has written and collaborated on a number of grants that provide additional learning opportunities for students including Bee-Bots to teach programming, sequencing, and problem solving, iPads for ease in looking up books, and furniture/technology to create a makerspace. “Jessica Scheller has opened up our hearts, minds, and countless possibilities for learning outside the box,” Eiland Assistant Principal Susan Bullock said. “She has fostered a love of literacy from our kindergarteners to near retirees. She truly is a gift to Eiland.”

Transportation Employee of the Year: Andrea Breedlove
Transportation Dispatcher Andrea Breedlove has been with Klein ISD for the last 20 years. Breedlove is known in the department for taking initiative when it comes to new projects, her student first attitude, in addition to problem-solving. “Mrs. Breedlove, all in one day; drove a bus load of students in the morning, located a replacement bus for an extra-curricular trip coach that was stranded and directed a new driver that was lost during an afternoon run with a bus load of students,” Transportation Supervisor David Hoffman said. “She did it all with grace and professionalism, and that new driver told her how much she saved her evening from becoming disastrous. She is truly an outstanding employee.”

Police Employee of the Year: Lori Havard
Security Specialist Lori Havard has been with the Klein ISD Police Department for the last eight years. Every year she organizes a toy drive for the Therapeutic Education Program, she is a co-wellness ambassador for the department and regularly fills in for crossing guards when needed. In addition to her daily duties, Havard volunteers to take on extra assignments such as taking photos at events for the Police Department, leads birthday recognitions and creates mementos for National Police Week. “It would probably be easier to list what she does not contribute to the Police Department,” Klein ISD Police Chief David Kimberly said. “Lori always goes above and beyond all aspects of her assignments with no expectations for recognition.”

Plant Ops Employee of the Year: Luz Navarro
Since joining Klein ISD four years ago, Luz Navarro ascended from a floater custodial position at central office to the current Head Custodian at French Elementary when it opened in 2015. “She represents Klein ISD and Plant Operations in an exemplary manner,” Supervisor Scott Lazar said. “She is hard working, always comes to work with a great attitude and a willingness to help others. She treats students, staff, and co-workers with the utmost respect at all times.” Navarro opens French Elementary every morning at 6:30, and is always ready and willing to volunteer where needed outside her normal work hours. During summers, Navarro efficiently cleans her home campus and volunteers to assist other campuses that may be behind due to construction/renovations and summer programs.

Maintenance Employee of the Year: Doug Kersh
Inspired by his mom, a longtime employee of Klein ISD, Doug Kersh has been a master electrician in the Klein ISD maintenance department for the last 16 years. Part of his projects include installing new charging stations and maintaining current electrical work. “Doug is always willing to take after hours calls and extra work when needed,” Supervisor August Wunderlich said. “He also regularly works to maintain his CEU training for his master electrician license in addition to helping other departments when needed.”

IT Employee of the Year: Richard Hamaker
Richard Hamaker is currently the Lead Technician at Klein Collins High School. Hamaker has been with the district for the last nine years and guides two regular technicians and a secretary at the Klein Collins repair center. “He is our unofficial trainer when we receive new 1:1 technicians,” Senior Executive Director of Technology, Research, Accountability and Data Vicki James said. “We know Richard will guide them into understanding not only our processes, and the technical piece of the program, but also how to appropriately interact with students and teachers.” Hamaker will open and be the Lead Technician for Klein Cain High School when it opens in August 2017.

Food Service Employee of the Year: Yayu Chen
Yayu Chen works at the Grace England Early Childhood Center to assist both students and teachers in new procedures and helps manage and train her co-workers when needed. Chen has been in the district for the last 16 years and had perfect attendance this school year. “When asked, Yayu doesn’t hesitate to fill in where needed,” Supervisor Monique William said. “Although she may not be scheduled for a certain task, she is always flexible and offers to help out when needed.” Chen is level 4 certified by the Texas Association of School Nutrition and continues to stand out among Food Service due to her continued dedication.

Substitute of the Year: Marilyn Clarkson
Marilyn Clarkson shares a variety of roles as a substitute in Klein ISD. She spends her time between the Communications and Planning Department and in the clinics of some of the Klein ISD Campuses. “Marilyn’s tenure in the district has expanded her knowledge of the district and workings on many individual campuses,” Education Foundation Director Cindy Doyle said. “She is willing to go the extra mile to assist parents, business partners and community members in finding answers to their questions and inquiries.” Clarkson has been in the district for 13 years and has contributed to superintendent’s advisory meetings, communications and planning events, community relations business partner programs, education foundation events and campus programs during her tenure as a sub.

Warehouse Employee of the Year: Sheila Chechowich
Secretary to the Director of Warehouse, Sheila Chechowich works to ensure the Klein ISD Warehouse runs efficiently and professionally. Chechowich is responsible for record maintenance, helping with print jobs, mail outs, assisting others and managing office duties. “Sheila has always supported the district and believes in doing what she can to help support campuses with what they need,” Director of Warehousing, Todd Schultz said. “Those in the district that have worked with Sheila are always happy to see her and appreciative of the help she provides them with.”
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