October 2020 Know Your Impact Award Winners
Dr. Charles Bomboy, Jr.
Program Impact Award
Why Charles was nominated:
Even before the pandemic, Dr. Bomboy had only the best interests in mind for the CSIU School program. He has worked very hard at implementing new procedures, policies, Lexia, and the GAIN assessment, to name a few items. These have proven to be an essential part of the CSIU schools. Such items ensure the schools run smoothly, staff are taken care of, and academics are improved upon to ensure a better educational future for students. Ironically, this also helped change the way some have viewed the academics at CSIU schools and moved the program forward making it an outstanding program. This could only have been achieved with Dr. Bomboy being in charge.
When the pandemic struck, Dr. Bomboy hit the ground "running" and thought of ways to keep the students and staff safe. "What can I do to take care of everyone?" has always been on his mind. He made it possible for all staff to return to school without worries and have full confidence in the fact that their principal is thinking (and still does) of their safety. DSH staff and students also have full confidence in knowing their principal will do what needs to be done for their safety. Dr. Bomboy is constantly thinking of ways to improve the safety, educational goals, and the future of The CSIU Schools. It is an honor to have such a leader in charge of a CSIU school’s destiny!
Program Impact Award, Nominated by John Kurelja
Community Impact Award, Nominated by Jennifer Gurski
Why Zach was nominated:
Zach has been nominated for both the Program and Community Impact Award!
Zach has worked tirelessly with our local districts to get eToole virtual learning running effectively. After an explosion of new online learners, the system became completely overwhelmed through no fault of our own. Zach is an excellent example of what wonderful customer service should look like and has worked nonstop to get each district what they need.
"We are so lucky to have Zach on our team!"
Zach has stepped into a very challenging and busy time with the explosion of distance learning and has worked to be positive, supportive and committed to the districts we serve and is a great team member! His efforts are greatly appreciated and we have received many emails of thanks for the work he is doing.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Pamela Reeves
Why Krisite was nominated:
Kristie is always positive and upbeat. She encourages students and staff to do their best by problem solving and helping with issues. She is consistent and fair with students and is very knowledgeable of behavior interventions. She knows her stuff! She jumps in when staff need extra support. She motivates others by being on numerous committees and supporting those with added responsibilities. If you want to smile or laugh, see Kristie. Kristie is a great role model to others.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by John Brenchley
Why Amy was nominated:
Amy keeps all the moving pieces of the board meeting going. She is always quick to help anyone that is having trouble getting their agenda items in, and she is kind and courteous while doing so.
"She is also an excellent 'go between' with CSIU staff and board."
Program Impact Award
Why Robin was nominated:
Robin has gone above and beyond since the start of COVID-19, making sure everyone has what they need. She is willing to go above and beyond her job duties no matter how big or small the task may be.
"Robyn has been great!"
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Ashlee Bower
Why Jessica was nominated:
Jessica has been a great leader in the transition from in-person Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) instruction to online LPN instruction. She is the rock that has been keeping the nursing instructors organized and prepared throughout the COVID-19 pandemic transition. She is always upbeat and positive. She is someone that I can count on to help when I am struggling or need to run ideas off of someone. Her impact is noted in how smoothly the transition has been and how she goes above and beyond every single day for her staff and the students.
"Her impact is crucial to the Central Susquehanna LPN program and I am proud to work with her!"
Program Impact Award
Why Paula was nominated:
Paula has been a staff motivator since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is constantly telling staff what a great job they are doing. She encourages staff all the time. She has told staff to get in touch with her any time; night or day, if they have any questions or need her help. She will go above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need to do our job the way it needs to be done.
Program Impact Award
Why Anthony was nominated:
Tony has worked tirelessly to organize computers and iPads for students in school-age programs so they are able to connect virtually to their classroom and support services when needed.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Jennifer Gardner
Why Melanie was nominated:
Melanie consistently goes above and beyond to be available for any and all budget needs for Center for Schools and Communities (CSC) management and staff. It is not uncommon for her to arrange vacations or days off around the schedules of others, as well as work demands in order to be available when needed. Her willingness to do whatever it takes to be available to provide fiscal support when it is needed most has a tremendous IMPACT on the CSIU and CSC's ability to meet deadlines and fiscal requirements.
Program Impact Award
Why MaryAnn was nominated:
She goes beyond her duty to help students, other staff members and teacher daily.
Community Impact Award, Nominated by Joanna Race and Sara Boucher
Why Karina was nominated:
Karina has been a positive light in the environment this school year. She is very quiet, but knows how to encourage others without saying much. I really appreciate her willingness to work as a team and how she encourages each of us little by little each day. Her patience is also to be admired.
Karina started last year with brand new team members. She not only had to ensure her children were provided with the services they deserved, but also lead her new co-workers, ensuring they were comfortable in their new setting. She truly cares about everyone around her, not just her classroom kiddos. She has the patience of a saint and a heart of gold.
"I love being her classroom neighbor knowing Pre-K can count on her as well for help and guidance!"
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Tammy Wilt
Why Laura was nominated:
Laura recently moved her office from the central office Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) building to The Watsontown Children's Center, which is home to 5 Star, Pre-K Counts, Head Start and Early Intervention Classes. Since her arrival, Laura has made the building more functional and inviting for all staff and children. She has spearheaded several projects to make improvements to the Center, such as a creating a community staff room, personally supplying the building with welcoming decor, placing hand sanitizer at several locations, and holding staff meetings to address any concerns or needs. Laura has opened herself up to ALL staff in the building, not just the Early Intervention staff that she supervises. Having Laura Adams in our building is a welcomed addition.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Amy Pfleegor
Why Tina was nominated:
When the pandemic closed our doors in March, most of us had to adjust to working from home and changing our daily routines. Part of this change included monthly virtual board meetings as well as the handling of the board agenda packets provided to board members. Tina was not only open to new monthly procedures, she offered her services to make sure board packets were handled appropriately and that packets were mailed on time with possible deliveries being required. These new procedures meant that all correspondence for copying and mailing had to be handled electronically, creating additional work for Tina, with accuracy and confidentiality being of the utmost importance.
Tina takes great pride in her work and is always willing to help. In this instance, she went above and beyond to assist the executive office! Not only did she ensure that our board members had their packets on time, she also assisted in making sure that CSIU programs were able to continue providing services to our local districts and the community.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Karen Lehman
Why Lynda was nominated:
Lynda began her work at the Center for Schools and Communities (CSC) in 2001 in the division of Safe Schools. She transitioned to the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program at the Center in 2008 becoming a strong advocate for the program. One of the first efforts that Lynda championed was changing the name of the program from the Homeless Initiative to Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program. It is important to Lynda that Pennsylvania families facing loss and lack of stable housing be identified in a positive light.
Lynda works tirelessly to provide timely and relatable professional development to Pennsylvania educators through forums, webinars, trainings and conferences. She provides resources to Pennsylvania's eight statewide coordinators and has ramped up visibility of ECYEH through posters and fliers, increasing statewide awareness on the rights of students experiencing homelessness. Lynda assisted in planning multiple national conferences, including the 2010 National Dropout Prevention Conference in Philadelphia, the 2011 NAEHCY conference at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and the 2018 National Network for Youth (NN4Y) conference in Washington, DC. Lynda's superb organizational skills make her an excellent planning committee member and her dedication to the professionals in the field drives her to provide quality conference content so that participants return to their local communities and educational institutions better equipped for serving youth and families experiencing homelessness. The virtual 2020 Paving the Way Conference has a record number of attendees - pushing 1,000 counting exhibitors, presenters and staff!
Lynda has been an inspiration to hundreds of homeless liaisons in Pennsylvania as she continually provides them with resources and tools, models best practices, promotes the ECYEH program, the Homeless Education Awareness Week, and advocates for McKinney-Vento compliance at every school building in the state.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Jamie Wagner
Why Sarah was nominated:
Sarah began her CSIU career at the Mifflinburg Middle School in Autistic support with a plethora of experience teaching students and working with teachers. She has come into a new district with new students, staff, and parents. She has settled into this environment, mapping out the future education for the classroom students. She has a good rapport with the district staff around her. No complaints here.
"I really enjoy working with Sarah!"
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Sharon McIntyre
Why Jennifer was nominated:
Some of the classes that I had been teaching in-person to participants in the WATCH program went to a virtual format. I had used Zoom before, but never with the types of skills that would be needed for interactive instruction. I had very little time to learn these skills before presenting. Jennifer squeezed me into her very hectic classroom schedule to tutor me in these skills. Jennifer was exceptionally patient--as computer skills are not my strength, and I am a slower learner in this area. She showed me how to manage the technology and to present at the same time. I was fully prepared to present the first day of class thanks to her coaching. I also knew how to troubleshoot IT challenges. This pilot class went exceptionally well due to Jennifer's training, and now I feel confident I can learn even more to continue to make the curriculum even more participant friendly.
Program Impact Award, Nominated by Kim Zoch
Why Erin was nominated:
Erin has proven repeatedly that she is far beyond her years of experience as a teacher in Special Education. She includes all students whether the student is an in-person learner or remote learner. Her staff are also well-informed on how to accomplish a positive learning environment. Erin has a positive attitude and a forward focus on a daily basis.