For nearly 20 years, Clover Park Schools District has honored exemplary employees for their service with the Employee of the Year awards. Three categories of employees are nominated by their peers for the award. Administrative, certificated and classified employees are selected by a panel Lakewood of citizens. This year, the panel chose the following employees:
Administrative Employee of the Year
Kevin Brooks, principal, Dower Elementary School
Brooks began her education career as a teacher at Park Lodge Elementary in 1973.
She has been the Dower Elementary School’s principal since 1985. Dower and its staff have excelled under her leadership. In 2005, Dower’s students and staff were selected as a national Title 1 Distinguished School. Recently, Brooks was selected as a presenter for the National Comprehensive School Reform Community.
Certificated Employee of the Year
Donna Amidon, second grade teacher, Oakwood Elementary School
Amidon has more that 25 years of teaching experience. She has worked at Oakwood Elementary School since 1987. Ask anyone at Oakwood Elementary to give one word to describe Donna Amidon…it would be compassion. Early in her teaching career, Amidon noticed an older gentleman who walked near the school every morning. The man looked destitute, only owning the clothes on his back. She purchased and gave a winter coat to the man.
Classified Employee of Year
Leslie Deal, supervisor of publications, printing and publications department
Leslie Deal has worked for the Clover Park School District for more than two decades. Her influence can be seen in almost every printed district product.
Deal consistently displays the most up-beat, can-do attitude. She approaches every project with excitement and creativity. Deal ensures that any document, brochure, poster, etc. that leaves her office is top notch and represents the district and the community in a positive nature. Her relationship with colleagues and co-workers are of high caliber and her willingness to use her skills to improve the look and accuracy of a publication is unbeatable. Deal looks for the little things that make a publication or project better.