Each year, school district employees across the North Central region of Washington State are encouraged to submit the names of colleagues (one certificated employee and one classified employee) they believe represent excellence in public education.
This year, the Methow Valley School District received more nominations than ever, each highlighting the exceptional dedication and commitment to service taking place throughout our schools in support of students and families. At the end of the day, two names rose to the top…
Don Haley, Methow Valley Elementary School 4th Grade Teacher
Serving as a 4th grade teacher at Methow Valley Elementary School, Mr. Haley works collaboratively with students, staff, and parents to ensure every student is engaged, takes ownership for their learning, and develops the critical thinking, research, communication, and self-management skills necessary to graduate prepared to pursue the widest range of post-secondary college, career, and life opportunities possible.
When staff was asked why they nominated Mr. Haley to receive the MVSD Excellence Award, one staff member stated, “Don has such a kind and patient personality. He always has a smile on his face and it’s clear that he cares deeply for his students and their success. He is a wonderful colleague and a respected and loved teacher!”
Another staff member added, “Mr. Haley is just the best! He makes every day enjoyable. All staff and students get energized just being around him. He is a dedicated, caring teacher. He is also a supportive, eager to jump in and help a colleague. He is constantly asking if you need help or if he can do something for you. And he is hilarious! Just try not having a smile on your face after a conversation with him.”
Finally, two other staff members chimed in with one stating, “Mr. Haley is a wonderfully kind, dedicated educator who is loved by his students.” The other capped the conversation, stating, “And his choice of ties make everyone’s day!”
Max Thomas, Methow Valley School District Educational Support Professional
Serving as a first-year Educational Support Professional who works with Methow Valley Elementary School’s kindergarten students, Mr. Thomas has quickly established himself as a caring, compassionate educator and highly respected staff member of the Methow Valley School District who is loved by all!
When staff was asked why they nominated Mr. Thomas to receive the MVSD Excellence Award, a staff member who works closely with Mr. Thomas stated, “I have watched Max use kind words, a smile, humor, gentleness, and positive attitude with our kindergartners. He is consistently respectful when talking to them. What more could we ask for when working with our youngest learners?”
Another staff member commented, “Max is enthusiastic in his quest to get to know each student and appreciate the unique talents of every child. His energy and love of learning foster an exciting, playful, and safe environment.”
Another staff member concluded, “He is kind, patient and flexible. He is positive and brings light and love to his work and his students.”
Congratulations Don Haley and Max Thomas, Methow Valley School District’s 2019 Excellence Awards Recipients – You make all of us proud!