• With a school corporation of approximately 700 employees, there is no doubt of the many outstanding staff that go above and beyond every day. They are the ones that always smile, the ones that lend a hand without question, the ones that inspire others, the ones you “go-to”, they are the unsung heroes. We will recognize one of these amazing people and the value they bring to School City of Mishawaka each week. We thank all employees for what they do every day, their dedication to the school corporation, their buildings, their colleagues, and especially the students. We say #JobWellDone.

     “We were created for meaningful work, and one of life’s greatest pleasures is the satisfaction of a job well done.”
    John C. Maxwell

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Samuel Ultreras

Night Custodian
Hums Elementary School
November 5, 2021

ABOUT SAMUEL
Samuel has worked for School City of Mishawaka for the past 7 years. He has worked at Mishawaka High School and LaSalle Elementary School. He now calls Hums Elementary School his home. Sam has shared that he loves his job and working for School City of Mishawaka.

FUN FACTS ABOUT SAMUEL
  •  Makes the best Birria tacos...it's a 4-hour process to make but Sam's are the best!
  •  "I'm not a comedian"
  •  Enjoys all music, especially Spanish and the 90's
  •  Has attended Lollapalooza several times with friends
  •  At one time was obsessed with Beyonce
  •  Enjoys all sports - cheers for Notre Dame, Bears, Cubs
  •  Takes long walks daily with his treasured Black Goldendoodle, Millo
  •  Enjoys working outside

A COLLEAGUE SHARED:
"Mr. Ultreras always has a smile on his face, a kind word for everyone, and positive attitude! He really goes the extra mile, and above and beyond what is required of him on a daily basis. He often volunteers to take on extra tasks to help the staff at Hums. Mr. Ultreras is truly a huge asset to our building and the students we serve!"

Congratulations Sam on a #JobWellDone!

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Brittany Duff

Science Teacher & Instructional Coach
John Young Middle School
October 15, 2021

ABOUT BRITTANY
Brittany started teaching 12 years ago in Houston, Texas and is in her 5th year working in Mishawaka. She has taught 8th grade science, high school biology and currently teaching 7th grade science at JYMS. She has also coached volleyball, basketball, and track, and has been part of Galena Park ISD’s curriculum revision’s team, as well as being a lead teacher.

A COLLEAGUE SHARED:
"Mrs. Duff is first and foremost, an EXCELLENT educator. She brings an excitement to the science classroom each day with her love of teaching and her knowledge of subject matter. She continually finds ways to involve students whether its from her labs, songs, group activities, or meaningful videos. She is working hard at balancing her lesson plans, grading, working collaboratively with her teaching/coaching partner, and presenting meaningful information at PLC's. Mrs. Duff is a true asset to JYMS and SCM and should be recognized for her dedication to the students here!"
 
Congratulations Brittany on a #JobWellDone!