Evergreen Educator Named School Employee of the Year
OLYMPIA — April 28, 2016 — Melanie Green of Evergreen (Clark County) School District was named the 2016 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
Green is the district administrator of family involvement. She is also administrator of the district’s 10 Family and Community Resource Centers.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn recognized the nine Regional Classified School Employees of the Year and announced the winner at a ceremony 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.
“Melanie is that rare person who sees the big picture and the little picture,” Dorn said. “She has the vision to be successful in the long run. But she also has the work ethic that ensures the day-to-day operations run smoothly. And she understands that helping students is a team effort that includes members of the community.”
Dorn noted that under Green’s leadership Evergreen’s family and community resource centers expanded to 10 sites. The centers referred 650 students for social services in 2014-15, in large part because Green has built a network throughout Clark County’s many government agencies, non-profits, and faith communities.
Anne Johnston, Clark County public health nurse, believes Green’s work makes her a community leader. “She understands how trauma can impact childhood and adult health outcomes as well as academic success,” Johnston said. “She can organize a supportive community response to not only help mitigate the impact of those traumas but also prevent them.”
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:
- Debra White, West Valley (Spokane)
- David Hinojosa, Harrison Middle School, Sunnyside
- Kassie MacColl, Rochester Primary, Rochester
- Dara Sellars, Central Kitsap
- Gabriela Osorio, Global Connections High School, Highline
- Nettie Severs, Pomeroy Junior Senior High School, Pomeroy
- Donna Young, Columbia Elementary, Wenatchee
- Cindy Bartlette, Edmonds Elementary, Edmonds
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.
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