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Leadership Awards Announced by School District

Apr 18, 2014 by

by Elizabeth A. Holderman, Granite Falls School District Administrative Assistant/Community Relations

GFSD LogoCommunity Leadership Award: 
On May 8th, the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 109 will acknowledge Mountain Loop exPress managers Vervia Gabriel and Trisha Broughton at an awards ceremony for their efforts in community involvement and student achievement. The Mountain Loop exPpress has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 WASA recognized ‘Community Leadership Award’ by the Granite Falls School District.  This award is based on community members that understand the importance of educational programs and provide a committed, excellent service to the district.

The Mountain Loop exPress, Granite Falls’ online news publication, has been an incredible asset to the Granite Falls School District.   We are grateful for the continued support, civility and respect received from the Mountain Loop exPress team, including News/Production Manager and Lead Reporter, Vervia Gabriel, and Editing/Finance Manager Trisha Broughton.

Vervia has built remarkable relationships with students/staff.  Trisha has been very instrumental in promoting, supporting and advocating for the District.  “The two of them have always made a substantial effort to highlight our District’s happenings,” said Superintendent Linda Hall.  Hall added, “The collaboration has been an integral partnership that continues to work toward improving the community.  We are delighted to work with them.”

Student Achievement Leadership Award:
Crossroads teacher Tracy Orr will be recognized with the ‘Student Achievement Leadership Award’ by the Granite Falls School District.  This award is based on a staff member that understands the importance of educational programs and provides a committed, excellent service to the district.

Superintendent Hall said of Tracy Orr, “She is one of those teachers that every student should have.  She loves math, and her students soon start to love math.  Her classroom has the Common Core State Standards plastered on the ceiling of her classroom.  Students volunteer to explain math problems to other students.”

Tracy also has leadership roles in the District.  She is an active member of the District TPEP and Assessment committees.   She has provided training in the CCSS for our Middle School math teachers.  Tracy serves on the committee writing the test items for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Tracy Orr has made a difference for students, staff and the state.

The WASA Luncheon will take place on May 8th and host school districts from all over Snohomish County at the Everett Golf & Country Club.  The Granite Falls School District has selected these award winners to receive their awards as selected by Superintendent Linda Hall.  These individuals will join School Administrative staff and Senator Kirk Pearson who has accepted his invitation to accompany Granite Falls School District to the ceremony.

The agenda includes entertainment and the annual regional awards presentation for Student Achievement Leadership Awards, Community Leadership Involvement, as well as the Award of Merit, Retirement Awards & Twenty-Year Awards.






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