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Hundreds of Employees Honored at 49th Annual 'Salute to Service' Recognition Banquet April 10 at Southfork Ranch

April 17, 2014

Hundreds of employees were honored at Plano ISD's 49th Annual Salute to Service banquet held on April 10 at Southfork Ranch. Honorees included 50 retirees, 42 nominees for the 2014 Superintendent's Service Award (including winners) and employees who have dedicated 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to Plano schools.


About the Banquet

photoLisa Raskin and fellow members of the Plano ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors announced the names of employee honorees throughout the April 10 event.

The banquet kicked off with greetings from School Board President Nancy Humphrey and a welcome from Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin. The program included awards presentations for service pin recipients, retirees and Superintendent's Service Award nominees and winners. Members of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees assisted Superintendent Matkin in presenting awards to employees throughout the evening.

Assisting on stage as presenters for the ceremony were members of the Plano ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors and Plano Retired Teachers Association. Announcing service pin recipients were Foundation Directors Rebecca Egelston Caso, president; Jean Callison; Mitch Bramlett, immediate past president; Lisa Raskin, past president; and Kathy Schell. Retirees were announced by Marilyn Brooks, Plano Retired Teachers Association member. Superintendent's Service Award nominees were announced by Ms. Egelston Caso.


Watch full event video video (1 hour, 24 minutes)

Superintendent's Service Award

Following presentations of certificates to all 42 nominees, Richard Matkin announced four winners of his annual Superintendent's Service Award at Plano ISD's April 10 employee banquet. The award is designed to honor support staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty as they perform their job responsibilities."It is a pleasure to be able to congratulate so many of our bright team members who serve in a bold way," said Mr. Matkin. "It means a great deal to me both professionally and personally to be able to congratulate each one of you."

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Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin, Superintendent's Service Award winners Carmen Wilson, Alicia Kamien, Amy Tang and (Jose Alvarez, accepting on behalf of colleague/winner Andres Garcia) and School Board President Nancy Humphrey at the April 10 employee service awards banquet.

Congratulations, Winners!

AGAndres Garcia
Plumber III, Facilities Services Department

Named “Employee of the Month” twice since joining Plano ISD in 2011, Andres Garcia says that he feels rewarded by the praise of school district students and staff who appreciate his hard work. According to his supervisor, he goes above and beyond the call of duty in all aspects of his job. His work is always completed correctly, on time and accompanied by his great attitude. There are days when he comes into the office “covered from head to toe in dirt,” but he still has a big smile on his face. The facilities services management team can always count on him to come in early, stay late and volunteer for “on call” rotations.


cwAlicia Kamien
Truancy Intervention Specialist
Williams High School

Alicia Kamien is described by Williams High School Principal Lynn Ojeda as "a student advocate. especially for kiddos who do not always have a voice. Energetic and funny, she is intuitive about what students need and gains their trust with 'you can do it' encouragement." Alicia often contacts Spanish-speaking parents on behalf of her colleagues and meets with students who are struggling in school. "Once she establishes trust, she is able to build bridges of support around a child to ensure success," said Ms. Ojeda.


Amy Tang, FANS Manager
Clark High School

As food service manager at Clark High School, Amy Tang collaborates every day with 11 of her peers to feed 1,500+ students nutritious meals. Amy says that she is proud of her 14 years of service as food service manager. “Our school is ‘PISD strong,’ and we make our kids ‘American strong,’” she said. Her school Principal Janis Williams said that this employee has a vision for how she serves students, and her staff is keenly aware of her expectations. She contributes to a very efficient and student centered cafeteria.


cwCarmen Wilson, Office Manager
Carpenter Middle School

“When I think of an employee who is 100% dedicated to meeting the challenging needs of our campus, this person tops my list,” Principal Courtney Washington says of Carmen Wilson, office manager at Carpenter Middle School. An outstanding employee who exudes empathy for others yet holds individuals accountable for managerial excellence, Carmen leads the pack. During her six-year career at Carpenter, this award-winning employee has served as a long-term sub, special education teacher assistant and, currently, as the school’s office manager. Her proudest accomplishment was as a special education teaching assistant helping shape the behavior of a student with Autism. Carmen said, “He helped me realize that ALL children learn differently, and that it’s our responsibility to ‘reach them’ in order to ‘teach’ them."



All Superintendent's Service Award nominees were honored at the April 10 employee service event with certificates presented by Superintendent Richard Matkin. Congratulations to all of the following nominees.

Susan Allman Transportation Services Bus Driver
Debbie Andrews Transportation Services Dispatcher
Silvana Arroyo McMillen High School Clerk/SpEd Assistant
Bill Bellows Technology Operations Telephone Technician
Mamie Blasik Gulledge and Haun Elementary Schools CTA
Teresa Browning Robinson Middle School Office Manager
Debbie Bugbee Frankford Middle School Office Manager
Elsie Chavez Meadows Elementary School SpEd Asst./PASAR
Cristian Federciuc Technology Network and Repair Technician
Andres Garcia Facility Services Plumber III
Lenora Goupil Transportation Services Bus Assistant
Mirna Guzman Hedgcoxe Elementary School FANS/Cashier
Antonette Harwell Stinson Elementary School Paraprofessional
Valerie Helm Student Administrative Services Secretary
Susan Hicks Wyatt Elementary School FANS/Manager
Angelia Holland Carpenter Middle School CTA
Cherise Jones Sigler Elementary School Paraprofessional
Alicia Kamien Williams High School Campus Clerk
Bernadette Katani Weatherford Elementary School Secretary
Beatriz Lewin Head Start Teacher Assistant
Dee Dee McGee Otto Middle School Office Manager
Ariadna Mejia Wilson Middle School Instructional Assistant
Marisa Mejia Hickey Elementary School Paraprofessional
Barbara Monroe Communications Department Secretary III
Misty Olguin Barron Elementary School Paraprofessional
Marcie Parker Academy High School Registrar
Girija Reddy Hickey Elementary School Educational Aide III
Graciette Reese Barron Elementary School SpEd Assistant
Loretta Revely Sigler Elementary School Paraprofessional
Matty Rodriguez Christie Elementary School Parent Liaison
Leslie Sanborn Armstrong Middle School Office Manager
Miriam Seligsohn Plano West Senior High School
Christie Snyder Mathews Elementary School Office Manager
Amy Tang Clark High School FANS/Manager
Brenda Thayer Frankford Middle School Paraprofessional
Berta Trujillo Otto Middle School Parent Liaison
Linda M. Vasquez Sigler Elementary School Paraprofessional
Linda Walker Otto Middle School Teacher Assistant
Sandi Welsh Clark High School Office Manager
Diane Weyandt Haggard Middle School Sign Language Interpreter
Monique Williams Huffman Elementary School Parent Liasion
Carmen D. Wilson Carpenter Middle School Office Manager


Retiring Employees

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The following Plano ISD employees who are retiring and employees who are leaving the district (voluntary separation) with at least 15 years of Plano ISD experience or 20 years of experience in public education, were recognized at the April 10 employee banquet.

10+ Years of Service

Sue Bond - Weatherford Elementary School
Robert J. Buschner - Transportation
Helen J. Cohen - Carlisle Elementary School
Jennifer Colburn - Jasper High School
Sally Combs - Jasper High School
Fred B. Conger - Renner Middle School
Laura Elkins - Wilson Middle School
Marie "Adele" Hayes - Wilson Middle School
Beverly King-Hale - Hickey Elementary School
Betty L. Knott - Clark High School
Maria Mootz - Sigler Elementary School
Judy Swofford - Plano West Senior High School
Aretta Taylor - Miller Elementary School
Diane L. Weyandt -- Haggard Middle School

20+ Years of Service

Sue Allison - Beaty Early Childhood
Debbie Arledge - Miller Elementary School
Mary Sue Brown - Carlisle Elementary School
Irma Cuebas - Thomas Elementary School
Candace L. Davis - Davis Elementary School
Belinda Gardner - Forman Elementary School
Jane D. Lowery - Beaty Early Childhood School
Sheri Lutz - Thomas Elementary School
Joyce M. Lynch - Wilson Middle School
Anne McCalpin - Carlisle Elementary School
Michelle Moore - Beverly Elementary School
Charlotte Scarborough - Davis Elementary School
Vickie Scott - Mathews Elementary School
Kimberly Rider Sealey - Haggar Elementary School
Tammy Stewart - Carlisle Elementary School
Lane Thomas - Weatherford Elementary School

30+ Years of Service

Cathy Bambenek - Clark High School
Nina Billingsley - Hickey Elementary School
Marylou Boardman - Hightower Elementary School
Mary Jo Cooper - Hedgcoxe Elementary School
Charles Ervin - Distribution Services
Mary Grimes - Davis Elementary School
Mary Grobmyer - McCall Elementary School
Andra Harris - Huffman Elementary School
Donna Hartman - Huffman Elementary School
Marilyn Harwell - Haun Elementary School
Jim Hirsch - Academic & Technology Services
Susan Holder - Jasper High School
Sherry Husbands - Schell Elementary School
Marian Jacobs - Wilson Middle School
Judy Johnson - Wyatt Elementary School
Linda Lieser - Centennial Elementary School
Kathy Manning - Aldridge Elementary School
Lynn Meger - Wells Elementary & Plano Senior High School
Sylvia R. Meyer - Homebound Services
Melinda Moore - Thomas Elementary School
Cindy Ramsdell - Aldridge & Brinker Elementary Schools
Sally Ray - Plano Senior High School
Rebecca L. Saathoff - Mendenhall Elementary School
Stephen L. Seymour - Wilson Middle School
Jacquelyn Dianne Smith - Dooley Elementary School
Betsy Thomas - Plano East Senior High School
Janice Truitt - Visual Arts / Cox Building

40+ Years of Service

Sandra Parker - Schimelpfenig Middle School
Lynda Shuttlesworth - Family Education & Guidance Services


Individual Retirement Receptions

A list of individual retirement receptions to be hosted by retirees' schools and departments is published here. Check this site frequently for updates.

April, 2014

Sue Allison, Jane Lowery, Donna Mantz and Cindi Weinke
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Beaty Early Childhood School Activity Room
1717 Nevada Drive
Plano, TX 75093
Invitation PDF

May, 2014

Jacquelyn Smith
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Dooley Elementary School Library
2425 San Gabriel Drive
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation PDF

Kimberly Sealey
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Haggar Elementary School Library
17820 Campbell Road
Dallas, TX 75252
Invitation PDF


Lynda Shuttlesworth
Thursday, May 8, 2014
3:30 to 5:30 pm
1909 Carmel Drive
Plano, TX 75075


Linda Lieser
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Centennial Elementary School Library
2609 Ventura Drive
Plano, TX 75093
Invitation PDF

Donna Hartman, Andra Harris
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Huffman Elementary School Library
5510 Channel Isle Drive
Plano, TX 75093
Invitation PDF

Debbie Arledge, Paula Cook and Aretta Taylor
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
3:30 to 5:00 pm
Miller Elementary School Library
5651 Coventry Drive
Richardson, Texas 75082
Invitation PDF

Lynn Meger
Wednesday May 14, 2014
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Wells Elementary School Library
3427 Mission Ridge Road
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF


Ginger Matthews, Betty Knott, Cathy Bambenek, Camille McCraw, and Sharon Ehney
Monday, May 19, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Clark High School Library
523 Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation (JPG)

Sheila Smith
Monday, May 19, 2014
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Harrington Elementary School Library
1540 Baffin Bay Drive 
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF


Judy Storholt and Diane Weyandt
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
3:45 pm
Haggard Middle School Library
2832 Parkhaven Dr.
Plano TX 75075
Invitation PDF


Marilyn Womack
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Carpenter Middle School Library
3905 Rainier Road
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF

Belinda Gardner
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Forman Elementary School
3600 Timberline Drive
Invitation PDF

Maria Mootz
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Sigler Elementary School
1400 Janwood Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF


Kathy Manning and Cindy Ramsdell
Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aldridge Elementary School Library
720 Pleasant Valley Lane
Richardson, TX 75080
Invitation PDF

Charles Ervin
Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Facilities Services Center
Training Room
6600 Alma Drive
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF

Vickie Scott, Fonda Bradberry
Thursday, May 22, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Mathews Elementary School
7500 Marchman Way
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF

Frances Becker
Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Meadows Elementary School Library
2800 18th Street
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation (JPG)

Gary Anderson, Larry Haidsiak, Betsy Thomas, Lori Whitaker and Donna Zacharias
Thursday, May 22, 2014
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Plano East Senior High School Library
3000 Los Rios Boulevard
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation PDF

Liz Brence
Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:45 p.m.
Rice Middle School Library
8500 Gifford Drive
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF

Irma Cuebas, Sheri Lutz and Melinda Moore
Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Thomas Elementary School Library
1800 Montana Trail
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF


Paris Longley
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Robinson Middle School Library
6701 Preston Meadow Drive
Plano, TX 75024
Invitation PDF


Candy Davis, Mary Grimes, Charlotte Scarborough and Maureen Watson
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Davis Elementary School Library
2701 Parkhaven Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Laura Elkins, Adele Hayes, Marian Jacobs, Joyce Lynch and Steve Seymour
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Wilson Middle School Cafeteria
1001 Custer Road
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF


Mary Sue Brown, Helen Cohen, Anne McCalpin, Tammy Stewart and Robert Lakes
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Carlisle Elementary School Library
6525 Old Orchard Drive
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF

Elsalynn Cook, Ginny Kivel and Rebecca Saathoff
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mendenhall Elementary School Library
1330 19th Street
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation PDF

Sherry Husbands
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Schell Elementary School Library
5301 E. Renner Road
Richardson, TX 75082
Invitation PDF

Sandra Parker
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Schimelpfenig Middle School Library
2400 Maumelle Drive
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF

Coaches Lynn Meger, PSHS; Larry Haidsiak, Plano East; and Meg Miller, Schimelpfenig M.S.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Plano ISD Athletic Office
6600 Stadium Drive
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF


Kathleen DeLaVergne's
Thursday, May 29, 2014
3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
Hendrick Middle School Library
7400 Red River Drive
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF

Beverly King-Hale
Thursday, May 29, 2014
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Hickey Elementary School Library
4100 Coldwater Creek
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation PDF


Jeanette Bauer & Janis Hall
Friday, May 30, 2014
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Skaggs Elementary School Cafeteria
3201 Russell Creek
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation (JPG)

June, 2014

Judy Johnson
Monday, June 2, 2014
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Wyatt Elementary School Library
8900 Coit Rd.
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF


Jennifer Colburn, Sally Combs, Susan Holder and Mary Jo Case
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Jasper High School, Room 1100
6800 Archgate Drive
Plano, TX 75024
Invitation PDF


Marilyn Plisowski
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Christie Elementary School Library
3801 Rainier Road
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF


Scott Fenney, Lynn Meger, Tim Murray, Sally Ray, Vicki Vlasak, Karen Wilbanks
Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Plano Senior High School, Room C111
2200 Independence Parkway
Plano, TX 75075


Janice Truitt
Monday, June 9, 2014
3:00 ro 5:30 p.m.
The Cox Playhouse
1517 Avenue H
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation PDF


Service Pin Honorees

Watch service pin honoree video video (8 minutes)

Approximately 300 employees were eligible to receive service pins for 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to Plano schools at the April 10 employee service and retirement celebration.View lists of service pin recipients in Plano ISD's February 21, 2014, District Digest employee newsletter.




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