The Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), Springfield Chapter #4, announced this year's Classified Employee of the Year at a reception on Monday, March 13. See photos from the reception here.
Jason Frame, a custodian at Thurston High since 2014, is this year's Classified Employee of the Year.
Nominators Principal Chad Towe and Asst. Principal Sun Saeteurn had this to say about Jason:
"We can fully appreciate the manner and method in which Jason has demonstrated his unique abilities to both encourage and support those around him. Jason exemplifies professionalism at all times, promotes good will with students, is positive and is always willing to take the extra step. Jason is a master at dealing with the numerous additional events at THS. Jason will frequently, during the spring, arrive early to volunteer in the greenhouse, working with students. Jason is a talented, hard-working leader."
First runner-up for CEOTY this year was Springfield High's Lori Umenhofer, a special ed educational assistant (EA). Lori started with the district in 2004 as the assistant to a student at Centennial and has followed the student to Hamlin and Springfield High.
Said her nominator: "There is an inspiration window in one of the halls at Springfield High School. What Lori Umenhofer started with a few sticky notes about things to be grateful for, now takes up almost the entire view of the office where she works. The window is a metaphor for how Lori, who has served as a one-on-one assistant to the same student for the past twelve years, performs her job. She is an inspiration who exemplifies the work done by classified employees throughout our district. Lori is professional in everything she does. She does an amazing job of balancing the amount of support that she provides to the student she works with while letting him be himself. Lori advocates for differently-abled by directing interactions to her student. She keeps professional and personal boundaries defined, all while providing the academic, emotional and private supports that her student needs."
Alva "Pudge" Barnhart was this year's second runner-up. Pudge is well known in the district, having been custodian at Gateways/Memorial Building/A3 since 2007.
Says his nominator: "Pudge exemplifies the definition of a Class A employee, a gentleman, and a true all around quality human being. He will always go the extra mile to do whatever anyone needs in order to make their job easier. He is a friend, a mentor, a supporter, and a defender to all students whom he has contact with. He cares deeply about everyone he works with, both students and staff and he is one of the most trusted adults in our building by both students and staff."