2017 Employees of the Year
Elkhart Community Schools recognizes that the success of our students depends on hundreds of supportive staff members, from paraprofessionals to technical support. It is in this recognition that we ask our employees to nominate coworkers who have gone above and beyond to help each other and students, toward our goal of providing the highest level of education. We proudly present this year’s Employee of the Year Award recipients and nominees.
Congratulations to Sandra Zajac, who received the Elkhart Community Schools’ District Distinguished Support Staff of the Year Award. Sandra is a Behavior Consultant working with Riverview Elementary and students in the preschool programs; she has been with ESC for 18 years. Sandra works with teachers, staff, and families, focusing on planning for building positive behavioral skills in students. Her expertise lies in identifying prevention techniques and problem-solving through recommending research-based interventions to implement. Her work as a behavior consultant has had a positive impact on many of our students! ECS is extremely proud to call Sandra Zajac our District Distinguished Support Staff of the Year.
Congratulations to Teresa McLain, who received the Elkhart Community Schools’ Elementary Distinguished Support Staff of the Year Award. Teresa is the Head Secretary at Mary Daly Elementary School and has been with ESC since August of 2012. Teresa is the first person to greet visitors at Daly, her patience and kindness offers a warm welcome to parents and staff alike. Teresa plays an instrumental role in the overall success of Mary Daly Elementary School by providing support between staff, students, parents, and administration. She exemplifies excellence in every way, from her consistent hard work, creativity and infusion of humor into everyday activities. ECS is extremely proud to call Teresa McLain our Elementary Distinguished Support Staff of the Year.
Congratulations to Christine Otto, who received the Elkhart Community Schools’ Secondary Distinguished Support Staff of the Year Award. Christine is a Mild Intervention/Learning Disorder Paraprofessional at West Side Middle School and has been with ESC for more than 25 years. Christine plays an instrumental role in the overall success of West Side Middle School; she always goes above and beyond to make sure all students are successful. She is a loyal Elkhart Community School fan and can always be found supporting both current and former students at after school events. ECS is extremely proud to call Christine Otto our Secondary Distinguished Support Staff of the Year.
2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year Nominees