December PBIS nominees show kind-hearted nature

PBIS has announced its student and staff member nominations for the month of December.

English teacher Whitney Shoemaker nominated math teacher Heather McNally. According to Shoemaker, McNally did an excellent job getting the math department into shape for the Reindeer Games. She always loves to help her students and has a smile on her face.

“She is always in the best mood and she’s always very smiley, and I think that’s really important for teaching math,” Shoemaker said. “Plus, we did Reindeer Games at the end of the semester and the English department and math department were rivals and she was ranking up her team.”

Other staff members nominated include support staff Lynn Peterson and Marcie Comeau, CTAE teachers Jeff Klein and Rob Bell, English teacher Whitney Shoemaker, social studies teacher Josh Reeves, health teacher Peyton Dean, fine arts teacher Todd Little, administrator Shane Ratliff, ESOL teacher Valerie Hughey, math teacher Emily Sweeney, and head custodian Tri Ha.

English teacher Dr. Bonnie Stanford nominated sophomore Shannon Callaghan. According to Stanford, Shannon is a brilliant person and has a heart of gold. She is extremely responsible and hardworking. She tries to help other people succeed in life too and not just herself. She respects everyone around her and sets high expectations for herself.

“Shannon is awesome. She works really hard, she is curious, and she wants to know more. She is really supportive of her peers in group activities. She wants everybody to get it and learn and make it the best thing,” Stanford said. “She is just a really good overall well-rounded kid. I know she is going to go far, and I definitely think she deserved student of the month.”

CTAE teacher Pat Coleman nominated senior Laura Rowell. She works on the yearbook. When most students spent their break relaxing, Laura was still working hard on the yearbook.

“Starting out her ninth grade year, she was always asking for extra responsibilities and stepping up when we needed volunteers to take pictures when no one else would go to an event, and then she came into her sophomore year and continued that even more,” Coleman said.

Other nominated students include freshman Tyler Cape, sophomores Randy Harris and Lily Toering, and junior Henry McFaddin.

Once a month, Elise Heaton, the assistant principal in charge of PBIS, sends out a link for staff members to nominate students and teachers for their good behavior. The PBIS committee, composed of Heaton, a PBIS coach, and other faculty, vote on the PBIS staff and students of the month. 

“PBIS is important because it provides a framework for us here at the school to promote positive behavior, and put more of a spotlight on things that students and staff members are doing well and doing correctly versus focusing on negative behaviors or mistakes that people make. So it’s really highlighting the positive, and showcasing the positive,” Heaton said.