Employee Shout Outs

"As a Junior in High School, my son has had the pleasure of working with dozens of teachers throughout the district. One teacher, in particular, has made a huge impact on him and I just wanted to share. Mr. Comiskey is an excellent role model for our students and one that I know my son looks up to a great deal. He only had him first semester but it was a semester he will never forget. I have attached the photo my son posted on social media the last day of class so I wanted to share. Thank you Mr. Comiskey for putting your heart and soul into every day and finding the best inside
every student you teach."

- OCHS Parent

"Once again, I am completely overjoyed with the way that Ms. Thompson and Mr. Pontus handled a situation at East Middle School involving my child. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Pontus saw me immediately and the situation was handled almost instantaneously.

I understand that there is so much going on in our schools...things that I have no clue about for that matter, but they both made me know that they respected my feelings.

So, once again, kudos. I couldn't be more proud to have these two be the administrators of my children's' school."

- EMS Parent

"Shout out to Ms. Yerges for all your patience and communication, all the stories you have told, all the joy you bring to each and every one of your students. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher for our son's first year in school. He has grown and developed so much since school started. Thank you for all you do. You are truly amazing."

- Carollton Parent

"Mr. Lozer is truly one of a kind. I am so grateful that he has been a part of both of my kids' journey in life. He has made such a positive impact on both of them and we will be forever thankful. Thank you for all you do! We sure will miss you next year."

- Shepard Hills Parent

"I want to say thanks for everything the high school and district has done on making coming back to school easier. I would have never thought in a million years I would ever be back in a classroom. The transitioning has been tough but with the help of the staff and great teachers its been a lot easier. Thanks to all of you!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

"Huge shout out to an awesome teacher, Mrs. Ruffolo at Forest Ridge Elementary. She is an awesome teacher every day! She has taught our Eden so much this year. She reaches out to her students and connects with them in all ways and every day. She is consistent and available for them, and always shows how much she cares. When Eden has some rough days she will always be there to solve with compassion. Eden loves her days with Mrs. Ruffolo and comes home all smiles. She even wants to grow up and be a teacher like her! Thank you for all you do with these little ones, so glad we got to have you in Eden's school world!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

Ms. Franson with four students"Ms. Franson has done an amazing job leading the new program for the 4th and 5th grade personalized learning classes. She has been a tremendous leader for both classes, and has done so much work for the Challenge of the Books. I look forward to the weekly kids blog that the kids post online. It is such a creative way for the kids to practice writing. Thank you to Ms. Franson for all her work!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Ms. Brehm brings so much creativeness and fun to the classroom and learning. She does such incredible job communicating updates for the classroom and the school. I love seeing all the great pictures and updates via Dojo on what the kids are doing in the classroom. She really goes above and beyond and we are lucky to have her for a teacher!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mrs. Timm's enthusiasm teaching is instilling a love for learning in my son. He loves to talk about history and geography every day when he gets home and wants to continue research on his own. Thank you for your inspiration and patience, Mrs. Timm!"

- Carrolton Parent

"Ms. Edminster is a caring teacher who truly connects with all her students and parents. She knows them as a learner as well as what they enjoy outside of her classroom. And best of all she keeps learning FUN for her students."

- Carollton Parent

"I want to recognize Mrs. Magana’s efforts towards furthering art education in the elementary area. I have been an art sub for her and she continues to inspire young students to create quality art!!"

- Community Member/Carollton Sub

"Mrs. Borchert has made our transition to K-5 a remarkable success. I have had the joy of volunteering in her class and I appreciate the way she interacts with students. She is patient, kind, and firm (when she needs to be). She is a joy to be around, both for students and parents. My son loves telling me all of her "catch phrases" like "great balls of fire." She left class one day early and my son stated that was the saddest part of his day. I appreciate how quick she replies to messages and how much she obviously loves her job."

- Edgewood Parent

"Nancy is absolutely amazing caring for my daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes. Since her diagnosis the weekend before school started in September 2016, Nancy has been completely positive with every aspect of my daughter's school experience, from making sure she has a T1D educated staff member on each field trip (including the art docent program) to being an understanding ear for both my daughter and I. Nancy has come up with ways to not only make my daughter comfortable every day but I'm comfortable and confident having Nancy's care. I cannot thank Nancy, Carrollton, and the school district enough for making this a normal school experience for my daughter."

- Carollton Parent

Thank you, Mrs. Barriere, for challenging our son in subjects he loves. Gavin has really been enjoying this year! Thanks for all you do!

- Shepard Hills Parent

"My daughter won a community service award. Mr. Petre helped me pull off the surprise event for my daughter. He helped me with a "story" to get my daughter back to school. He then let us in to the building at a different entrance so that my daughter would not see anyone or any cars that she knows. He then escorted us to the ceremony. My daughter was surprised. I could not of gotten her back to the school without his help. Thank you."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

Mr Weiss presenting an award to a student"Mr. Weiss called me to tell me that my daughter won a community service award. He wanted to make the ceremony a surprise for my daughter. After picking out a time that worked for all of us, he planned the event, emailed invites and brought treats. All I had to do was bring my daughter. Thank you for making this a special event for her. She was surprised."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

"I have a daughter in 5th grade and son in 3rd. I volunteer there (at Forest Ridge) every week, and can say that this school's staff are absolutely amazing. Mr. Mittag is wonderful as well as the school secretaries. My children's teachers, as well as the other teachers I've encountered, are nothing but supportive and caring. The encouragement they give to the students is outstanding! And most importantly, safety and organization is top notch. Keep up the great work Forest Ridge Staff!!!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mrs. Wallin is always so positive with her biology classes and is always eager to review multiple times, answer any questions we have, or learning in new and creative ways. Her positivity throughout the day is something I will never forget about her. She’s kind and comes around one by one making sure we understand what we’re learning which is something that no other teacher I have does. Thank you for everything you do, Mrs. Wallin!"

- OCHS Student

Ms. Shadd with four students

"Ms. Shadd has been an incredible teacher for my daughter this year. From the moment you meet her, you can instantly tell how much she cares for her students. She sends home notes, utilizes Class Dojo and effectively communicates with parents and students. She has gone above and beyond by attending my daughter's dance competition (on a non school day) to support her. Several students also participated in the OCHS Poms Kiddie Clinic and she came to support them on a cold, rainy Friday night in the Fall. Daily my daughter says something great about her and how much fun she has in class. OCFSD has amazing teachers and Ms. Shadd is definitely one of them."

- Cedar Hills Parent

"These teachers (Mrs. Simmons & Mrs.


) are great! My son has grown academically and maturity wise with Mrs. Simmons. She has great communication. My son loves her class so much! My daughter could not be happier this year with Mrs.


. What a great way to end her elementary experience! Both children have a new excitement for learning and excelling in their academics."

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mr. Petre communicates frequently via email, which helps me, as a parent, stay on top of what's coming up in assignments, assessments, etc...It helps me stay informed. He's the only teacher who does this and I appreciate it. I recently emailed him to let him know that."
- OCHS Parent

"My daughter Emerson is in Mrs. Daily's classroom, and she just absolutely loves her (and Mrs. Weins too.) I am impressed with the way that Mrs. Daily sets expectations for the students both academically and socially. She also provides strategies for the students to help reach the expectations. My husband and I are amazed at how much our daughter is learning this year.

Mrs. Daily also does an amazing job of communicating with the parents. She sends home weekly newsletters and pictures that I look forward to reading each week. It helps me talk to my daughter about her school week. Mrs. Daily also responds quickly to any parent contact. I had a concern about an incident that happened when Mrs. Daily was absent. She not only took my concern seriously, but followed through with me right away the next day.

Emerson is so lucky to have Mrs. Daily as her teacher. I am so grateful for all that she does to help her students love learning. It means the world to us that our daughter is having such an amazing start to her school career."

-4K Parent

"It was wonderful to have Mrs. Goedel in the 4k classrooms this fall. I loved her approach with the children. It was refreshing to see an educator have expectations of the students and actually hold the children accountable. I'm grateful that my son had the opportunity to have Mrs. Goedel in his class, even if it was only briefly. It feels great to know that someone else saw the immense potential in my son and encouraged him to be his best.I wish she could have stayed at Deerfield. It is obvious to me that Mrs. Goedel has many years of experience. The next class that gets her is incredibly lucky to have her."

-4K Parent

"Linda Smukalla is always very friendly and helpful no matter if I call in to the Office or stop by."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

"Mr. Petre sends a weekly email to parents stating what students worked on in class and what assignments and/or expectations are coming up the next week. I love the weekly emails. I know exactly what to ask my son about concerning Math class. The emails allow me to tailor my questions and have more beneficial conversations with my son. Plus, I can gauge my son's progress because know due dates, etc. ahead of time. Mr. Petre is the only teacher who communicates with weekly emails and I appreciate the effort so much."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

"Mr. Mike is always there to help and the other day went beyond the call of duty. While waiting to pick my daughter up from school I didn't realize I left my headlights on and was charging my phone and my car was not running. Well after grabbing my 5th grader and returning to the car it wouldn't start. Mr. Mike graciously drove his Jeep around and gave my car a jump so I didn't have to wait an hour for AAA to show up. Thanks for always being there to help!!!"

- Edgewood Parent

I wanted to express my appreciation to one of our fine teachers at the high school Ms. Danielle Stiebs. Ms. Stiebs teaches my son in Personal Finance. From the beginning she has tweaked his financial interest while teaching this class. The information is so relevant to what he is experiencing both now and in the near future. My wife and I love how we can have deeper conversations about life/finances through this class.

Second I took a Google Classroom class from Ms. Stiebs this summer during the Summer Academy. I learned some great tools that I have used in my google experiences. I have used Google Sheets to come up with a grade book for my students at Deerfield. I had many questions as I was working on this project during the summer and this fall. Ms. Stiebs was always willing to help.

These two separate experiences with Ms. Stiebs have helped me as a parent and a professional. Because of her teaching she is making Oak Creek a better place.

-High School Parent

"I just wanted to quickly recognize Ms. Bridget Ashenhurst and Ms. Mary Pratt. They both have my son in their respective classes. My son was giving us all a run for our money to start this school year. They have each called me after hours and sent me emails showing my husband, my son and I just how much they really care about our son's success.

With all the darkness going on lately I just wanted to show a bit of sunlight and let them be recognized for their dedication. We couldn't be more happier with them.

Our son has started to make improvements and it truly seems that they care just as much as we do."

-East Middle School Parent

"Huge kudos to Oak Creek Franklin School district for conducting school safety and crisis management procedures with the Peaceful Warrior Training program. I read about in The Blueprint and was very impressed. It is a tough issue to acknowledge, but it is also a realistic issue that needs to be addressed for everyone's safety. I feel safer knowing my kids are surrounded by staff who have training on this. Thank you for going above and beyond for student and staff safety!"

-Oak Creek Parent

"Mr. Engebretson often encouraged his students to join our highschool's German Exchange program. During my senior year, I took the opportunity to house an exchange student for two weeks, then I also ceased the opportunity to go live with my exchange student and attend school with her and travel to a few countries. This was one of the best experiences that was ever offered to me; I have memories that will last forever. I've also made a life long friend, and have reconnected with my exchange student outside of the program."

-Oak Creek High School Student

"Ms.Biedenbender the best teacher in the whole entire world! She is so nice she does a lot of fun stuff for 2017-2018 class"

-Forest Ridge Student

"I am currently a student who is in 7th grade. Last year I had the privilege of working with an amazing educator Mrs. Murphy. She was a specialist teacher that was frequently in the language arts classroom, and was always there ready to help. Mrs. Murphy, and Mrs. Vance helped grow and expand my love and knowledge in reading and writing more in a year than most others could probably achieve in 3. She would often go out of her way to help students with essays and assignments so we could utilize our potential to the fullest. I appreciate Mrs. Murphy more than imaginable.

There are nice teachers, good teachers, and then there are great ones."

-East Middle School Student

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Katie to help out and boost her confidence Katie did more than that. She would stop our daughter in the hallway just to say Hi, invite her to help out in her class, encourage her to believe in herself and supported her in ways she may never understand. When we ask our daughter who her safe people are at school, Mrs. Franecki is always a name she gives us. Thank you Katie from the bottom of our hearts for all you do each day and for helping our daughter out. Our hope is only that we will some day be able to repay you for your kindness."

-Forest Ridge Parent

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Sabrina to help out and boost her confidence she did just that. Sabrina hosted lunch with our daughter and provided her a safe and fun place to be. We appreciate that when called upon you did not hesitate and jumped right in to help and support our daughter. We will be forever grateful for all you did and continue to do!"

-Forest Ridge Parent

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Liz to provide support to our daughter she did not hesitate. She knew our daughter loved to read and was great at working with younger children. She offered her a special job of being an end of the day reader. Our daughter loved this job and found a passion for reading to the children in Liz's class. Thank you Liz for seeing her strength and giving her voice again. We will forever be grateful for the belief you breathed into her last year."

- Forest Ridge Parent

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Mrs. Shannon Gensler to help out and boost her confidence Shannon did just that. Working with our daughter in 2nd grade Shannon knew her strengths and passions. She would often check in with her during the day, or around lunch, give her hugs and positive words of encouragement. We will forever be grateful for the extra attention she offered to our daughter to help her through this difficult time. We hope that we can pay it forward just as you have. THANK YOU!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mr. Asala has done so much for me that I can't even explain what he has done for me. Mr. Asala has made such an impact on my life it is unbelievable. I wish that I could explain what he has done for me but if I did you would be reading this for the rest of your life. I would like to thank Mr. Asala so much."
- Edgewood Elementary Student

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