2016 IMESD Crystal Apple Winners

Release Date: 
5/2/2016

The IMESD is proud to announce our four Crystal Apple Award winners for 2016:

Abby Munoz

Lead Recruiter/Parent Liaison (Instructional Services)

Casey Seeger

E-Rate Specialist (InterMountain Technology)

Heidi Paullus

Instructional Strategies Specialist (Instructional Services)

Kari Baybado

Autism Consultant (Regional Programs & Related Services)

The winners will be recognized in ceremonies in La Grande and Pendleton. Please join us in congratulating these great IMESD employees!


Obdulia (Abby) Munoz is the lead recruiter/parent liaison in the Instructional Services Department and has worked for the IMESD for 10 years. Abby works in the Migrant Education Program and is a tremendous resource to the families she serves. Her work ethic, genuine care and concern and desire to provide the highest level of customer service are outstanding. Regardless of the time, day or night, weekend or holiday, Abby is always available to assist students, families and co-workers. Over the past two years, Abby has willingly taken on many extra job duties and has established herself as an outstanding regional and statewide leader.


Heidi Paullus has worked for the IMESD for five years and is an Instructional Strategies Specialist in the Instructional Services Department. Passionate about educating students using a variety of technology resources, Heidi always has great ideas for engaging students and effective methods to help teachers make the most of technology in their classrooms. Always responsive and hard-working, she is diligent about staying up to date on instructional technology and finding solutions to problems, plus mentoring new teachers.


Casey Seeger is the E-Rate specialist in the InterMountain Technology Department and has worked at the IMESD for six years. Casey is extremely hard working, always focused and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. By helping districts with E-Rate filing, she is committed to realizing every dollar possible for the IMESD’s component school districts. These funds translate into supporting teachers, programs and technical equipment that leads to improved success for so many students.


Kari Baybado is an Autism Consultant who has worked for the IMESD for 12 years. Always cheerful and ready to lend a hand, Kari is adept at quickly problem solving a variety of solutions for a student. She offers tools, strategies and creative suggestions to teachers in a cooperative way and at the level they desire. Kari always finds new approaches to specific issues in the autism field to share special education staff and has voluntarily partnered with Early Intervention staff to provide classes for parents of young children with autism. Kari is a wonderful advocate for her students.