Teachers, Retirees Honored at Annual Reception

After a school year like no other, Johnston teachers and staff celebrated their hard work at the annual Johnston Chamber Educator Appreciation event on Wednesday, May 26.

Fellowship, laughter, and accolades were shared. Among those honored were the district’s Portrait of  Learner award winners. Each year, employees are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for exemplary teaching and learning, stemming from the Portrait of a Learner model. For the 2020-21 school year, a PoL award in each focus area is offered, along with an “Above and Beyond” award for support/classified staff. These awards are designed to recognize those who embody the characteristics of the Portrait of a Learner model and the specific focus areas within it.

Congratulations to this year’s Portrait of a Learner award winners:

  • Above and Beyond: Nashina Morrison (WAE)
  • Collaboration: Sarah Love (JHS)
  • Flexibility & Adaptability: David Drucker (SMS)
  • Complex Communication: Nicole Benson (JMS)
  • Critical Thinking: Deb Stewart (JMS)
  • Creativity & Innovation: Chris Hewitt (JMS)
  • Productivity & Accountability: Damon Staker (JMS)
  • Community & Global Mindedness: Neal Patel (JMS)

And, at the end of this school year, 25 long-time Johnston employees will be retiring. Their years of service to JCSD students and families is much appreciated and they will be missed in our buildings! Congratulations to our 2021 retirees:

  • Bruce Amendt
  • Tammy Andrews
  • Chris Beguhn
  • Victoria Brom
  • Karen Carroll
  • Jane Courtright
  • Mitch Eagles
  • Jacquelyn Gardiner
  • Kristy Grove
  • Sallie Hedgepeth
  • Alicia Hyde
  • Sherilyn Johnson
  • Marie Johnson
  • Patricia Layland-Rodda
  • Don Miller
  • Diane Mulholland
  • Vicki Murken
  • Tom Porter
  • Mark Rannells
  • Jackie Sapp
  • Christy Shelby
  • Leslie Shipp
  • George Smith
  • Deb Stewart
  • Julie Walk

Thank you to the Johnston Chamber and participating businesses for once again hosting this fun and celebratory event!

2021 Retirees

2021 Retirees