Panther Awards announced
Posted Friday, Sept. 1, 2023 —
We are excited to be able to continue our employee Panther Awards this year (now officially a tradition!)! Congratulations to all of our winners! Your impact matters!
Special thanks to Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union for sponsoring gift cards for our winners!
Impact within a Diverse Community
This employee makes a concerted effort to reach all students, every day, regardless of their background or ability.
Erica Yeckley (WSS)
Erica was described as "simply amazing" and someone who "makes things happen" and "takes pride in" the school. She was nominated by WSS Principal Tricia Budgar.
Cecilia Rodriguez (NSS)
Cecilia was described as someone who "has shown unwavering commitment" to the district, especially to helping our Spanish-language speakers. She was nominated anonymously.
Shannon Kelley (GMS tie)
Shannon was described as someone who "gives her absolute best every day" and "makes everyone feel valued." She was nominated by GMS teacher Jennifer Strojny
Caitlin Cooley (GMS tie)
Caitlin was described as someone who "is a true champion for all students" and makes them feel cared for and loved. She was nominated anonymously.
Victoria Lehman (GHS)
Victoria was described as someone who "is always there for support of anyone in any way" and would "give the shirt off her back to provide for another." She was nominated by GMS teacher Judy Swanson.
Learning and Growth for All
This employee is a lifelong learner, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to professional and personal development.
Jamie Wagner (WSS)
Jamie was described as someone who "shares her love of reading and learning with everyone" she comes into contact with. Jamie was nominated by WSS teacher Jennifer Spina.
Markel Taylor (NSS)
Markel was described as someone who has "worked hard to further her knowledge and education" while providing a "rigorous learning environment" for students. Markel was nominated by NSS TA Melissa Legg.
Judy Swanson (GMS)
Judy was described as someone "strives to make learning accessible and fun" through ongoing inquiry and professional development. Judy was nominated by GMS Assistant Principal Shannon Kelley.
Shelley Walker (GHS tie)
Shelley was described as someone who "continuously strives to expand her knowledge and professional skills." She was nominated anonymously.
Gary Derleth (GHS tie)
Gary was described as someone who "works countless hours" and "goes above and beyond to help colleagues with less experience." He was nominated by two people — Sharon McMillin and an anonymous nominator.
Erin Lamborn (District)
Erin was described as someone who, in her first year on the job, has promoted professional development opportunities for staff and helps others learn. She was nominated by NSS school psychologist Hope VanEtten.
Small Community with Strong Relationships
This employee shows proven commitment to strengthening ties with our community partners.
Jenna Keeton (WSS)
Jenna was described as "a devoted member of the Geneva community" who has collaborated with many community partners and leaders.
Julie Ricciuto (NSS)
Julie was described as someone who has worked hard to connect with community partners despite having worked here only a short time. She was nominated by NSS Principal Heather Eysaman.
Christen Davis (GMS)
Christen was described as "a dedicated community member who takes great pride in building strong relationships." She was nominated by GMS Assistant Principal Nicole Campbell.
Jeff Dunham (GHS)
Jeff was described as someone who has put years of work into the community and "goes out of his way to make connections with students and parents." Jeff was nominated by NSS school psychologist Hope VanEtten.
A Beautiful City in the Heart of the Finger Lakes
This employee is a champion of the Finger Lakes, demonstrating love and enthusiasm for all the region has to offer.
Darien Knapp (District)
Darien was described as "a community member and parent" who "works miracles." She was nominated by GMS Principal Matt Heath.