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Classified Employee of the Year

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 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."
Lori Umenhofer 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."

Pudge Barnhart 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."
Winner and runners-up
Congratulations to all of the nominees! View the brochure with photos here.
Brittany Adair, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Tina Anderson, Nutrition Services; Yvonne Atteberry, Maple Elementary; Joanne Bantz, Guy Lee Elementary; Pudge Barnhart, GHS/A3; Bradley Barnhart, Centennial Elementary; Alex Bauman, Tech Services; Ben Bennett, Ridgeview Elementary; Marie Boone, Transportation; Arlene Boylan, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Becky Buescher, Ridgeview Elementary; Susan Canfiled, Ridgeview Elementary; Karen Carney, Maple Elementary; Dan Carroll, Warehouse; Sabrina Chesnut, Ridgeview Elementary; Karin Cogburn, Ridgeview Elementary; Deb Conley, Riverbend Elementary; Cynthia Crump, Ridgeview Elementary; Greg Davis, Warehouse; Camillia Demartine, Nutrition Services; Kathy Dewitt, Walterville Elementary; Shauna Drake, Thurston High; Debbie Eubank, Ridgeview Elementary; Summer Farley, Ridgeview Elementary; Maritza Fosse, Springfield High; Jason Frame, Maintenance; Stephen Gallaher, Hamlin Middle; Prysilla Garcia, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Didier Gohler, Transportation; Christine Grose, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Lori Henderson, Douglas Gardens Elementary ; Heidi Hewett, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Gene Hill, Admin Bldg; Terri Hinson, Thurston Middle; Jeannie Kadrmas, Nutrition Services; Rabecca Lamb, Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary; Bea Leslie, Ridgeview Elementary; Patricia Lyon, Nutrition Services; Jamie Matthews, Mt. Vernon Elementary; Julie Meehan, Guy Lee Elementary; Lisa Minium, Thurston High; Cynthia Nagao, Hamlin Middle; Lashelle Nelson, Ridgeview Elementary; Tina O'Neil, Douglas Gardens Elementary; Stephanie Perkins, Ridgeview Elementary; Donna Pineda, Ridgeview Elementary; Sharon Plueard, Thurston High; Suzi Quarterley, Yolanda Elementary; Ron Rattenborg, Agnes Stewart Middle; Deb Richey, Nutrition Services; Cami Romig, Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary; Jackie Rose, Thurston Middle; Don Sacrison, Ridgeview Elementary; Lori Sanford, Thurston Middle; Chenoa Skaggs, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Pam Skinner, Admin Bldg; Jason Smith, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Rebecca Southworth, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Tim Stephens, Warehouse; Tracy Stephens, Ridgeview Elementary; Deanna Stevens, Hamlin Middle; Rainbow Tornell, Elizabeth Page Elementary; Lori Umenhoefer, Springfield High; Maria Valdez, Springfield High; Dan Wallace, Transportation; Susan Wright, Ridgeview Elementary