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Pasco Educator Named School Employee of the Year
Mark Twain Elementary’s school nurse is dedicated to the academic and personal success of students and families

OLYMPIA — May 8, 2015 — Vickie Wright, who serves as a school nurse for Mark Twain Elementary School in Pasco, is the 2015 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn recognized the nine Regional Classified School Employees of the Year and announced the winner at a ceremony this afternoon in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia. They were joined by their families, friends, colleagues, legislators, representatives from the state’s educational service districts and various education associations.

“The difference Vickie makes at her school is clear,” Dorn said. “Her efforts have led to a 99 percent immunization rate and a significant reduction in absenteeism for students with chronic asthma. When kids are healthy, they’re better able to learn and be successful.”

“Vickie has impacted generations of students,” says Wright’s colleague Kim Lovelace. “As the district has grown, she has been instrumental in advocating for students and staff by consistently working with administrators to ensure every student has access to a nurse while at school. Our team views Vickie as a leader, information resource, and invaluable liaison with administration. She has developed protocol and safety measures every nurse currently employs to provide each student a health education, consistent care in the health room, and access to community services to improve student health and wellbeing.”

Regional Winners
Before announcing the State Classified School Employee of the Year, Dorn recognized all of the regional finalists, nominated by their respective educational service districts, and presented each of them with a custom-made award from Hilltop Artists in Tacoma.

The Regional Classified School Employees of the Year include:

  1. Leanne Rainwater, University Elementary, Central Valley
  2. Pam Gamache, Adams Elementary, Wapato
  3. Eddie Sawyer, Vancouver
  4. Donna Duke, Gravity High School Program, ESD 113
  5. Rebecca Thomas, Emerald Heights Elementary, Central Kitsap
  6. Christine Lee, Lakeland Hills Elementary, Auburn
  7. Kristi Meadows, Cascade Elementary, Eastmont
  8. Juana “Suzie” Cartagena, Lynden Middle School, Lynden

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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   Updated 5/8/2015

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