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    Congratulations to the November CSIU: Living Our Values Winners!

    As announced at 2022 Professional Leadership Day (PLD), the CSIU has implemented a new award program, "CSIU: Living Our Values". The program recognizes colleagues for their commitment to CSIU values: 

      • Service to others 
      • Passion for excellence
      • Equity in action
      • Innovation for growth

    November brought in 4 nominations for the awards! Please take a few moments out of your day to read about these valued members of the CSIU family and to congratulate them for making a difference by Living Our Values through service to others, passion for excellence, equity in action and innovation for growth!


November Winners

  • Joan Hauck

    Joan Hauck
    Work Foundations +
    Living Our Values: Passion for Excellence, Nominated by Tracy Smith



    Why Joan was nominated:

    Mrs. Hauck's dedication is outstanding in so many ways. She is always the first to provide support within a classroom and assist in mentoring staff. She encourages strategizing on behalf of the students within the classroom to help them reach their maximum potential. Her commitment to student development is exemplary.


    Erin Hepworth
    CSIU Special Education
    Living Our Values: Equity in Action


    Why Erin was nominated: 

    Erin Hepworth leads Five Star in a manner that leans into supporting students, even in their most challenging moments. Understanding students and families, recognizing and overcoming barriers to educational access and success, and supporting building-wide development are priorities she conveys on a daily basis.  Mrs. Hepworth models calm and consideration, even in stressful moments, which is a huge support to her team, both as a whole and as individuals. "Equity in action" is a core principle by which she operates, and in conversations with her, student equity is a constant theme.  Her compassion and humor round out her leadership style, which is so appreciated by her staff. 


    Jennifer Hodish
    Five Star Program
    Living Our Values: Equity in Action


    Why Jennifer was nominated: 

    Mrs. Hodish is new to Five Star, but she enters and leaves the building with a positive attitude every day. It doesn't matter which student comes into her class, they are all welcomed, and she works to find approaches and tools that highlight that student's strengths.  Mrs. Hodish has a calming effect on students who are frustrated. Some of our most unpredictable and school-aversive students have said they enjoy her class. She works to make her class content accessible to all of the students at Five Star. 

    "Thank you, Mrs. Hodish, for your commitment to our kids!"


    Kendra Stark
    Special Education
    Living Our Values: Passion for Excellence, Nominated by Tracy Smith


    Why Kendra was nominated: 

    Kendra has displayed an incredible level of dedication to my students. She consistently follows through on behavior management techniques provided by the CSIU staff. She has assisted in creating a very positive learning environment. She has become an asset to our team!