• Congratulations to our 2021 Exemplars!

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HIGH EXPECTATIONS

AMY FOLEY
Physics Teacher & MEA President
Mishawaka High School

“There is so much I could say about Amy. I could check every one of the above categories. Since I have been here at Mishawaka she has been my leader of the type of teacher and person I want to be. She is caring for teachers, staff and students. She knows what each person needs.”

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GROWTH MINDSET

GREGG SMITH
Leader Intern
John Young Middle School

“It was clear from the outset that he not only wanted to push our students towards success, but he saw issues within the school itself that he was working to address, fix, and grow from. Though his time was cut far too short, the growth he has shown and the growth he has encouraged others in this time has been immense. I believe Gregg’s great strides should be recognized as we try our best to carry on the work that he started.”

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COLLABORATION

KELLY KINCSES, JENNIFER ADDISON & NORMA BAUERNFEIND
Secretaries
John Young Middle School

“These three ladies are a great team. They have each other’s back in good and bad situations. They fill in for each other in absences, lunches, busy times, etc. They are not only coworkers they are friends and teammates.”

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COMMUNICATION

WADE BUCHS
Curriculum Integration Specialist
Administration Center

“He gives detailed explanations with pictures or videos, when applicable, to make sure you can truly work through it on your own. In addition to providing detailed responses to help with an issue, his response time is almost immediate. I have had several questions pop up before and after school hours but that has never stopped Wade from responding to help immediately.”

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CREATIVITY

BEN DOMONKOS
Principal
LaSalle Elementary School

“Whether it’s juggling of specials schedules due to last minute illnesses or providing detailed, easy-to-use testing information all in one convenient location, Ben’s gift of creativity is a cut above. Not only does his gift allow LaSalle to function smoothly on a daily basis, it creates the ability for our school to remain on the cutting edge of technology as well. Ben’s creativity is truly remarkable.”

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CRITICAL THINKING

ALEX NEWMAN
Chief Financial Officer & Director of Business Operations
Administration Center

“What some people may not know is that Alex exemplifies the category of critical thinking because he is always looking for process improvements and pushing all of us to think outside of the box, and improve as an organization. His financial vigilance makes all things possible, but his critical thinking makes all of us better.”

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INNOVATION

We had a tie for the Innovation Exemplar!

MIKE STAHLY
Construction Technology Teacher
John Young Middle School

“Mike Stahly promotes innovation in his practice and in his connection with students. He pushes them to new limits, enabling them to achieve more than what they could dream of. He encourages them to explore new ideas and experiment with them. No matter the student or ability, he is always willing to help them attain their goals and fulfill their learning experience.”

ELEMENTARY VIRTUAL TEACHERS
Kindergarten – Ashlee Cavanaugh & Kalyn Stegink, 1st Grade – Charity Guldberg & Chelsea Slosser, 1st/2nd Grade – Heather Bumbaca, 2nd Grade – Jill Snyder & Shelly Sparrow, 3rd Grade – Anne Aitchison & Amanda Glon, 3rd/4th Grade – Stephanie Johnson, 4th Grade – Alaina Zannino, Ryan Mitchell & Nicole Katlun, 5th Grade – Clare Johnson & Sandu Harrell, 6th Grade – Angelina Lazovich, Courteney Ebert, Chase Gervais, Melanie Bitner & Nicole Parish
All Elementary Schools

“These virtual teachers were tasked with having to find a way to keep students engaged to give the education every student, in-person or at home, deserve. Each virtual teacher was on their own island, all by themselves in an empty room with no possibility of hands on teaching. It seems like an impossible task, but each individual teacher stepped up to the plate and did it!”

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INTEGRITY

JENNY SANDERS
Benefits Coordinator
Administration Center

“Jenny is the most selfless person I know, she gives 100% of herself to SCM because she cares for everyone so deeply and humbly serves all with integrity every single day.”

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BUILDING COMMUNITY

MHS EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS DEPARTMENT
Teachers: Jennifer Grimm, Sheila Clements, Pete Essig, Marcia Haslett, Jennifer Mammolenti, Patti Reppert, Traci Starkweather, and Jennifer Taylor
Program Assistants: Aubrey Acrey, Cheryl Beehler, Helen Fisher, Kathryn Hartley, Betty Karkiewicz, Kylie Murphy, Claudia Weimer, and Rhonda Whitledge
Mishawaka High School

“I see that families trust these teachers to have the best interests of their children in mind, to teach them, and to help guide them forward. I’m proud they’re my colleagues, and their service to our community is impressive and should be celebrated.”

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CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

SCM COVID RESPONSE TEAM
Kory LaBonne (Director of School Services & Assessment), Jerome Calderone (Director of Human Resources & Student Services), Darlene Cochran (Human Resources Administrative Assistant), Jenny Sanders (Benefits Coordinator)
Administration Center

“COVID has changed our lives! Kory, Jerome, Dar, and Jenny all worked hard to make sure we felt safe at all times. They spent countless hours contact tracing and keeping track of students and staff members who needed to quarantine. They worked tirelessly to keep us updated on CDC guidelines.”