School district recognizes employees

HURON — The Huron Public Schools held its annual School Employee Recognition Banquet Wednesday at the Huron Event Center.
Kathy Bostrom, Team Leader of the Transportation Department, presented Lisa Sargent, a Special Education bus driver, with a Classified Employee of the Year award.
“I am so grateful that when I took the position of Team Leader I inherited Lisa and her love for the job that she has,” Bostrom said. “Lisa is irreplaceable.”
Tonya Whitmore, Office of Special Services administrative assistant, was also awarded a Classified Employee of the Year by Lori Wehlander.
“The greatest asset Tonya brings to the Office of Special Services is her desire to learn and become a valuable resource for everyone,” Wehlander said.
“Thank you. I am very humbled to be chosen for this award, and I just want to thank all of you for making my job the best that I can possibly have,” Whitmore added.
Phil Thies was named the Professional Support Staff of the Year before the three Teachers of the Year were announced. These awards are presented to an elementary, middle school and high school teacher. Elementary’s honoree is Barb Myhre. Amanda De Jong was recognized from the middle school and the high school Teacher of Year is Kari Eulberg.
Recognition of district retirees concluded the event.
Mary Hershman (16 years   in middle school food service, Middle School Principal Mike Taplett (17 years in the school district); Diana Nebelsick (24 years in the Business Office and District Purchasing); Marietta Riedel (32 years as high school special education teacher; and Kris Claeys (33 years as an elementary music teacher).
“This is a highlight of our recognition of how important it is to create legacy staff members who dedicate their entire career,” Superintendent Terry Nebelsick said. “On behalf of the board we are proud to do this.”

The above staff members were bid a fond farewell at Wednesday night’s Huron School District Employee Recognition Banquet, as all are retiring at the end of the school year. From the left is Mary Hershman, Kris Claeys, Mike Taplett, Marietta Riedel and Diana Nebelsick.

Awards were handed out at the banquet, from left: Amanda DeJong, Middle School Teacher of the Year; Kari Eulberg, High School Teacher of the Year; Barb Myhre, Elementary Teacher of the Year; Tonya Whitmore and Lisa Sargent, Classified Employees of the Year and Phil Thies, Professional Support Staff of the Year.