“YOU’VE GOT THE EDGE” Employee of the Month Recognition program has been designed with the District’s Core Values in mind. This program encourages outstanding customer service in the workplace in fulfillment of the District’s new Strategic Plan. It increases awareness of the goals and values as well as the importance and significance of outstanding performance.
Certificated and Classified employees who have been nominated by their peers, co-workers, and/or supervisors are selected for exemplifying the following core values:
- Integrity - We embrace a culture of ethical and transparent decision-making and actions.
- Equity - We promote inclusive and culturally relevant environments by supporting the social-emotional and intellectual needs of all.
- Respect - We advocate for strong, compassionate relationships that appreciate the unique qualities of our diverse community.
- Excellence - We strive for the highest standards in all endeavors by deliberately pursuing continuous growth and innovation.
The recipient of the “YOU’VE GOT THE EDGE” award for November 2021 is:
Kristin Cowan, 4th/5th Grade Teacher at Panorama Elementary
Mrs. Cowan has gone above and beyond this year to provide opportunities for our scholars in leadership and athletics. We expanded our Friday Night Live leadership group this year to include any interested fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. With over 50 students, five times the number from last year, involved, she has reimagined the whole group approach by creating committees. Each committee adds to our school by leading our scholars in promoting kindness, increasing school spirit and connectedness, reinforcing Panther CAREing behavior, focusing on healthy mental, social, and physical choices, and they are even doing a book study. Mrs. Cowan spends her lunchtime working with these students to empower our scholars to empathetically lead. In addition, she re-booted our Panther Running Club after a one-year hiatus due to COVID. Each morning she gives up her planning and preparation time to be out there checking in students and tracking laps. The Running Club allows our students to focus on their physical health, while also promoting a growth mindset.
Congratulations Kristin, the Board of Education thanks you for your dedication and devotion to the Orange Unified School District!