Since 1987, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) has honored exemplary employees in three categories, classified, certificated and administrative. Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of Lakewood citizens.
Jennifer Huang, librarian, Lochburn Middle School, Certificated Employee of the Year
Jennifer is a teacher of high standards with a great desire to work with all students. She is an advocate for students and is always looking for ways to grow professionally. A colleague writes, “Through Mrs. Huang’s efforts, I have seen more students read and learn the value of reading; seen parents, staff and the community involved with our school; and seen Lochburn and Clover Park School District presented in a positive manner.” She has created a student-centered library and builds bridges between the community outside the school. The Lochburn library is a positive place to be, thanks to Jennifer’s tireless efforts.
Phennus Lawrence, Title I paraeducator, Evergreen Elementary School, Classified Employee of the Year
Phennus’ primary duties at Evergreen Elementary School are to work with students in small reading groups and tutoring students one on one. She also is an integral part of Evergreen’s Diversity Week and a respected member of the school’s site council, representing classified employees. A colleague writes, “She takes a personal interest in each student.” And, “Her lessons are a pleasure to watch.” An appreciative parent notes, “As much as I appreciate the work Ms. Lawrence has put into my son’s education, I have appreciated her hard work throughout our entire school.”
Bev Eastman, principal, Custer Elementary School, Administrative Employee of the Year
The degree of professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication which Bev Eastman displays should be an inspiration for all educators involved with children and families. She takes personal interest in each student, staff member or parent. She models life-long learning and believes anything worth doing is worth doing together. She consistently demonstrates and utilizes her skills in group process, shared decision making, problem solving and human relations. Bev is an obvious and encouraging leader as well as a very strong advocate for her staff and families.
The Employees of the Year were honored at the May 12 meeting of the CPSD Board of Directors.