Outstanding Leadership Honored at Bend-La Pine Schools Kick-off Event

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During the Bend-La Pine Schools welcome back rally and in front of more than 800 of their peers, three Bend-La Pine Schools leaders were honored for their commitment to student education.

Mountain View High School Special Education teacher Kay Ann Well, was named Teacher of the Year, Nutrition Services Director Terry Cashman was named Distinguished Administrator, and Classified Specialist Tammie Parker was named Outstanding Support Person.

Kay Ann Well, Bend-La Pine Schools 2011 Teacher of the Year, is beginning her 18th year in education. For the last four years, Well has been inspiring Mountain View High School special needs students to make their dreams a reality while meeting their highest potential in the classroom and beyond. Prior to working with students with special needs, she worked as a media assistant at Marshall High School.

“Kay Ann (Well) is the kind of person who makes you want to be the best you can be,” said Mountain View High School principal Katie Legace. “As the result of her teaching skill, collaborative style and inclusive leadership, Mountain View High School student achievement is at an all time high.”

“I often see my job as a carpenter whose job is to supply the apprentice with a tool belt, then add the essential tools that each may need to build a successful education that leads to achievement,” Well said.

Well was selected as the 2011 Bend-La Pine Schools Teacher of the Year by a team of community members. Well will represent Bend-La Pine Schools as its candidate for Oregon Teacher of the Year this fall.

The eight finalists for the 2011 Bend-La Pine Schools Teacher of the Year award were: Kelle Hildebrandt, Highland Elementary School; Patrick Kilty, Summit High School; Louise Markland, Bend Senior High School; Tracy Reynolds, District-wide Special Programs; Pat Roberts, Pilot Butte Middle School; Dawn Thill, La Pine Middle School; Ken Thorp, La Pine High School; and Kay Ann Well, Mountain View High School.

Bend-La Pine Schools named Terry Cashman, Director of Nutrition Services, as Bend-La Pine Schools 2011 Distinguished Administrator. Cashman is beginning his 14th year with  Bend-La Pine Schools.

Cashman and his team are credited with increasing efficiency of the District’s Nutrition Services Program, increasing the number of students choosing school lunch, adding the Farm to School fresh vegetable and meat program, expanding the free summer lunch program for local students, making Universal Breakfast and option for every Bend-La Pine Schools student, and for inspiring district chefs to use whole wheat, low fat meats and cheeses, and healthy ingredients in their meal preparation.

“Cashman’s ongoing focus on the customer and operations has led to continuous improvement of the program,” said Deputy Superintendent John Rexford.

“Every school day, Cashman and his team serve more than 15,000 meals –  over 2.5 million a year – to area students including breakfast, lunch, dinner, after school snacks, vended, and summer meals for children,” added Rexford. “Those meals provide the fuel that our students need to succeed in the classroom.”

Tammie Parker was named Bend-La Pine Schools 2011 Outstanding Support Person. Parker has worked in Bend-La Pine Schools’ Human Resources Department for more than six years.

“She is always willing to go beyond the call of duty to provide service and assistance to our staff,” said Elk Meadow Elementary School Principal Bruce Reynolds. “Tammie is confidential, knowledgable, self-directed, and provides incredible customer service to our current staff, applicants, and the community.”

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