MUSCATINE — The school board recognized the efforts and services of five district employees, naming them November 2017's "Outstanding MCSD Employees." Each was anonymously recommended by a coworker.
Beckie Anderson is a custodian at Jefferson Elementary School.
"I nominated (Anderson) because she not only does an amazing job of keeping our school clean, but she also cares deeply about the staff and students at Jefferson School," said Katie Zitzow, a first grade teacher at the school. "She always has a smile, a kind word, or a laugh for anyone who crosses her path. She loves our school with all her heart, and we would be lost without her."
Bob Baillie is the security liaison at Muscatine High School.
"(Baillie) is a great "go to" person when a concern arises," said Kindra Hill, a hall monitor at the high school. "He is a leader, a listener, and always finds time for others. He always knows which way to direct the situation, and his calm demeanor makes him an easy approach. He is much respected by his peers."
Nancy Foxen is an art teacher at Grant and Mulberry Elementary. She had two recommendations.
"Foxen is one of the most positive people that I have ever met," said Lyndsay Welsch, an instructional coach at Mulberry. "She is constantly giving our students positive reinforcement, and each one of them feel like a rock star in her classroom."
"(Foxen) has risen above and beyond tin mentoring me when she didn't have to," said Kristin Hazelett, an art teacher. "Her heart is in it for the students. I am so appreciative of her remarkable energy and wisdom. She is teaching our kids much more than art by modeling what a little care, creativity and effort can accomplish."
Amy Justus is an instructional coach at West Middle School.
"Amy Justus wears many hats at West Middle School," said Julie Stoneking, an instructional coach. "She teaches a Pre-AP ELA class, mentors multiple beginning educators or those new to the district, works as an instructional coach in all subject areas, runs needed data for teachers and principals, attends all suggested trainings, serves on the Building Leadership Team, assists all subject areas in PLCs, and is always available to support West as needed. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about education."
David Svensen is a reading teacher at Franklin Elementary.
"David is in his 2nd year of teaching at Franklin," said Jamie Pugh, an instructional coach. "David is the first one to lend a helping hand and works well beyond his reading teacher title. (He) can be seen picking tomatoes at recess with one student or explaining the stock market to another. Our students are very lucky to have him."