2013 Crystal Apple Award Recipients
The IMESD is pleased to announce its 2013 Crystal Apple Award winners: Cindy Criswell, Colleen Huston, Angelita Romero, and Lorena Valencia. They were honored during the May 15 Crystal Apple "Excellence in Education" Awards at the Pendleton Red Lion, hosted by the InterMountain ESD.
Cindy Criswell is a Telecom Analyst for the Information Technology department at the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD), where she’s worked for 12 years. Cindy is a dedicated employee who provides top-notch professional customer service. She is quick to resolve issues and checks back to ensure that all is well after the resolution. At times she is required to work flexible hours to ensure that the work gets done and our phone service is not interrupted. She is quick with a smile and kind word. Earlier this year, Cindy was at the forefront of implementing a new phone system agency-wide, and she managed to complete the immeasurable task with few glitches and always with a smile and a willingness to help out. Wonderful job, Cindy!
Colleen Huston is an assessment evaluator for the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) at the IMESD, where she’s worked for 2 years. Colleen has provided leadership and is viewed as an expert by her peers in the evaluation process for the EI/ECSE department. She provides oversight for a new evaluation process that has helped school districts save more than $500,000 per year on child find expenses. She watches videos and provides assessment practice feedback to evaluation coordinators in an attempt to provide the most accurate and valid assessments possible for the children IMESD provides services. Colleen is a natural leader and through her competency, work ethics, and willingness to assist her peers when needed she logically rose to the top and provided this support without being asked. Great work, Colleen!
Angelita Romero is a classroom assistant in the EI/ECSE department at the IMESD, where she’s worked for 7 years. Angie is excellent with parents and staff with her ability to communicate, both when interpreting and when sharing other information. She makes parents feel at ease during meetings and other conversations. She follows the teacher’s directions, lesson plans, and understands each student’s objectives and will always ask for clarification if she needs it. She is very perceptive and observant with the students and her opinion and observations are valued. Her colleagues say students adore Angie and seek her out in activities. She is consistent and imaginative. Above all, she is a tremendously hard worker and is always willing to go above and beyond to assist others. Congratulations, Angie!
Lorena Valencia is an assessment assistant and interpreter in the EI/ECSE department at the IMESD, where she’s worked for 7 years. Lorena’s colleagues call her dependable and flexible for the numerous roles she tackles in her job. She is able to juggle assisting with the implementation of protocols, act as interpreter for Spanish-speaking families, building rapport with child and family, scheduling and making sure all parties involved receive recap information. She gets down on the floor with the kids and makes them feel at ease, and is not afraid to try new ideas and be silly. She prepares new art ideas and modifies them so that they can be used for each child’s individual skill level. She is always asking how she can help out, especially when someone is in bind or overwhelmed. Thank you, Lorena!