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Hundreds of Employees Honored for Service and Retirement at April Banquet

Updated April 15, 2016

Plano ISD's 51st Annual "Salute to Service" employee banquet was held on April 7 at Southfork Ranch. Employees were recognized for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 & 40 years of service in Plano ISD, for retirement and for nomination for the 2016 Superintendent's Service Award.

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Retiring Employees

Salute to Service

Employees who are retiring from Plano ISD and employees who are leaving the district with at least 15 years of Plano ISD experience or 20 years of experience in public education (voluntary separation), were eligible to be recognized at the "Salute to Service" employee banquet on April 7. Congratulations to the following retiring or recently retired employees and special thanks for their dedicated service to students and colleagues.

Retiree Campus/Dept. Title
Julie Barnard Brinker ES Instructional specialist
Janet Klimm Beadling Christie ES PACE specialist
Jay Breeding Hendrick MS Social studies teacher
Rosie Cavazos Isaacs ECS Bilingual teaching assistant
Cricelia Yvonne Chambers Frankford MS Spanish teacher
Donna P. Ellis Wyatt ES Kindergarten teacher
Linda Federle, R.N. Benefits & Risk Management Nurse/Adjuster
Vanessa Ferrara Vines HS French teacher
Mike Fleming Plano East SHS ESL team leader
Grace Fulton Meadows ES Music specialist
Jeanne Gentry Daffron ES Third grade teacher
Sharon Geminden Safety & Security Office manager
Barbara J. Glassner Hendrick MS Social studies teacher
Debbie Gorecki Huffman ES ESL specialist
Zeba Hamid Brinker ES Special education teacher
Nora Henson Plano SHS Counselor
Nancy Hopkins Bird SPC Middle School Reading Team Leader
Cherrie Kilby Mendenhall ES Special education teacher
Graciela G. Leal Student & Family Services Administrative assistant
Robert Lewis Wilson MS ISS assistant
Ormie Melton Safety & Security Security specialist
Lilian Quigley Brinker ES Physical education teacher
Pam Recsnik Mendenhall ES Special education team leader
Lori N. Reyes Saigling ES Second grade team leader
Chris Robin Wells ES First grade teacher
Reneé Rucker Mitchell ES Principal
Paula Shuhart Saigling ES First grade teacher
Connie Smith Mendenhall ES Librarian
Julia B. Smith Meadows ES Office manager
Laura J. Smith Skaggs ES Fourth grade teacher
Mary J. South Frankford MS ESL teacher
Deborah Warde Spalding Hightower ES Fifth grade team leader
Susan Snowden Brinker ES Kindergarten teacher
Sharon Swanson Weatherford ES Assistant principal
Karen Kay St. John Itinerant SpEd Brailist
Barton Brent Truitt Otto MS Social studies teacher
Karen Ventresco Haggard MS Nurse
Bonnie Walton-Wade Hightower ES Art specialist
Rebeca Wussow Professional Learning Director

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Retirement Receptions Hosted by Campuses

April, 2016
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  Mendenhall Elementary School
Connie Smith
Christina Quevedo
Debbie Conrad
Cherrie Kilby
Pam Recsnik

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
Mendenhall Elementary Library
1330 19th Street
Plano, TX 75074 
Invitation PDF
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Retirement Receptions Hosted by Campuses

May, 2016
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Barksdale Elementary School
Betsy Fischer
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Barksdale Elementary
2424 Midway Road
Plano, TX 75093

Beverly Elementary School
Elizabeth Kirby

Wednesday, May 25
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Beverly Cafeteria/Gym
715 Duchess Drive
Allen, TX 75013
Invitation PDF

Bowman Middle School
Gayle Scott

Wednesday May 25, 2016
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Bowman Middle School Library
2501 Jupiter Road
Plano, Texas 75074
Invitation PDF

Daffron Elementary School
Jeanne Gentry
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Daffron Library
3900 Preston Meadow Drive
Plano, TX 75093
Invitation PDF

Haggard Middle School
Karen Ventresco

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
3:45 p.m.
Haggard M.S. Library
2832 Parkhaven Dr. 
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Harrington Elementary School
BeJanet Teng
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Harrington Elementary Library
1540 Baffin Bay Drive 
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Hendrick Middle School
Jay Breeding
Barbara Glassner

Thursday, May 5, 2016
3:45 p.m.
Hendrick Library
7400 Red River Drive
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF

Huffman Elementary School
Debbie Goreki
Carolyn Walters

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Katy Trail Outpost
4700 West Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093
Invitation PDF

Isaacs Early Childhood School
Linda Bratcher
Debbie Todd
Rosie Cavazos
Sharon Latimer

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Isaacs Activity Room
3400 East Parker Road
Plano, TX 75074
Invitation PDF

Jackson Elementary School
Beatrice Barnard

Monday, May 23, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Jackson Library
1101 Jackson Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Mathews Elementary School
Pat Antoniou
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Mathews Library
7500 Marchman Way
Plano, TX 75025
InvitationPDF

Meadows Elementary School
Grace Fulton

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Meadows Elementary
2800 18th Street
Plano, TX 75025
InvitationPDF

Meadows Elementary School
Julia Smith
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Meadows Elementary
2800 18th Street
Plano, TX 75074
InvitationPDF

Miller Elementary School
Barbara Buchanan

Thursday, May 19, 2016
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Miller ES Library
5651 Coventry Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
Invitation

Mitchell Elementary School
Reneé Rucker

Thursday, May 19, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Mitchell Library
4223 Briargrove Lane
Dallas, TX 75287
InvitationPDF

Otto Middle School
Bent Truitt
Berta Trujillo

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Otto MS Library
504 North Star Road 
Plano, TX 75074
InvitationPDF

Plano East Senior High School
Mike Fleming
Kim Gilstrap
Debbie Pomponio
Wain St. John
Richard Walker

Monday, May 23
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Plano East Senior High Library
3000 Los Rios Boulevard
Plano, TX 75074
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Plano Senior High School
Kathy Krenkel
Nora Henson
Bruce Richardson

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
PSHS Library
2200 Independence Parkway
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Plano West Senior High School
Ann Raidt
Thursday, May 26, 2016
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
PWSH Library
5601 West Parker Road
Plano, TX 75093
Invitation PDF

Rice Middle School
Anne and Gregg Weger

Thursday, May 26, 2016
On the Border
5000 S. Hwy. 121
Plano, TX 75024
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Robinson Middle School
Sheila Alvarez
Thursday, May 26, 2016
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Robinson Library
6701 Preston Meadow Drive
Plano, TX 75024
Invitation PDF

Saigling Elementary School
Paula Shuhart

Monday, May 16, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Saigling Elementary
3600 Matterhorn Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation

Saigling Elementary School
Lori Reyes
Thursday, May 26, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Saigling Elementary
3600 Matterhorn Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation

Schimelpfenig Middle School
Linda Vetter
David Deaton

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Schimelpfenig MS
2400 Maumelle Drive
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation

Shepard Elementary School
Diane Bofferding
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Shepard Library
1000 Wilson Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Special Education Services
Linda Keesee
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Plano ISD Administration Building
Room 311
2700 W. 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Christie Elementary School
Janet Beadling
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Christie Elementary
Learning Commons
Invitation PDF

Skaggs Elementary School
Martha Cordell
Laura Smith

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Skaggs Cafeteria
3201 Russell Creek
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF

Vines High School
Vanessa Ferrara
Debbra Kurtz-Gato
Deanna Wilson

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Vines High School Library
4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
1401 Highedge Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Weatherford Elementary School
Sharon Swanson
Thursday, May 19, 2016
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Weatherford Elementary
2941 Mollimar Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

Wells Elementary School
Chris Robin
Monday, May 16, 2016
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Wells Elementary
3427 Mission Ridge Road
Plano, TX 75023
Invitation PDF

Wyatt Elementary School
Donna Ellis
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Wyatt Elementary Library
8900 Coit Road
Plano, TX 75025
Invitation PDF

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June, 2016
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Communications Department
Mary Gorden

Thursday, June 23, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Plano ISD Administration Building
2700 W. 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

Plano Family Literacy School
Jane Lilliston

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Bird Education Center (2nd Floor)
1300 19th Street
Plano, TX 75074
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Wilson Middle School
Robert Lewis

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
3:45 p.m.
Wilson MS Library
1001 Custer Rd.
Plano, TX 75075
Invitation PDF

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E-mail reception details to Mary.Gorden@pisd.edu

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Superintendent's Service Award Winners

This annual award is designed to honor support staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty as they perform their job responsibilities. Dr. Brian Binggeli recognized winners of his 2016 Superintendent's Service Award at the April 7 employee banquet. He stated that one winner was unable to attend the event and that he will announce the winner at a later date. On May 23, at a technology department staff meeting, he announced the final winner. Congratulations to the following four Superintendent's Service Award winners.

SSA winners

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli is pictured (above) at the April 7 employee banquet with Superintendent's Service Award winners Ruby Kay Mutchler, Tracy Helms and Rosa Hernandez; and (below), on May 23, with Betty Bell.

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Betty Bell
Technology Help Desk Specialist

Betty has passionately helped people in Plano ISD for 16 years on the district's technology help desk staff, according to her nominator and colleague Randi Weaver. "Betty's direct contact with campus staff, students, parents and others utilizes her excellent customer service skills. She is patient and adept at working with end users with varying levels of technical knowledge," said Ms. Weaver. "Betty is always willing to stay after her shift to work on the many e-mails, voice messages and phone calls the help desk receives. She is also the technology support for eSchool, which requires the ability to work with all types of computer operating systems, Web browsers, personal computer settings and different virus protection software."

Tracy Helms
Clark High School Office Assistant

Tracy is currently working in the office of the high school that her three children attended. In fact, she once served as Clark High School PTSA president. “Starting high school is a big deal,” said Tracy. “My goal each day is to help students and parents feel that they are important and being helped in a positive, caring way.”  Clark Principal Janis Williams said that Tracy not only supports the staff and parents but she is keenly aware that the number one job in the school is to meet the needs of students. "When she came to our school, she cross-trained herself so that she could manage many jobs as they came up. She epitomizes ‘service before self’ and ‘teamwork,’" said Ms. Williams

Rosa Hernandez
Food and Nutritional Services Manager
Christie Elementary School

Rosa is described by Christie Principal Ryan Steele as an employee who is “making her mark with each and every student by celebrating activities in which they participate, working with P.E. teachers to train students on healthy eating habits and sharing her warm personality with everyone she meets." Mr. Steele describes Rosa as “gifted, thorough, driven and self-motivated. While she serves as our cafeteria manager, what she does each day far surpasses her title. She directly influences every student at our school.”

Ruby Kay Mutchler
Beaty Early Childhood School PPCD Teaching Assistant

Ruby Kay works daily to inspire children who have disabilities. She says, “Each child is a unique individual, much like a puzzle piece. Students all have unique personalities and ways of learning. This part of teaching is where I find that I shine - finding different ways in which children learn. This employee’s principal says, “There are no words that capture the true spirit of this amazing lady. She nurtures students like they were her own. She sets the bar high with rigorous expectations yet provides students with the necessary care, encouragement and support to reach it. However, the most important things that she brings to the classroom every day are her heart and a sense of joy and laughter.”

Superintendent's Service Award Nominees

Congratulations to all 51 nominees who were honored by Dr. Binggeli on stage at the banquet.

Nominee Campus/Dept. Title
Elizabeth Aceves Memorial ES Bilingual Special Ed Assistant
Sam Arango Transportation Bus Driver
Beatrice Barnard Jackson ES Bilingual Special Ed Assistant
Betty Bell Technology Help Desk Specialist
Rachel Bobbitt Harrington ES Special Ed Resource Assistant
Dellmy Cabrera Sigler ES Parent Liaison
Karina Castillo Forman ES Bilingual Special Ed Assistant
Sharon Cole Boggess ES Campus Technology Assistant
Carl Covington Transportation Bus Driver
Sharon Danielson Bowman MS Title I Assistant
Rosemary Everett Robinson MS Special Ed Assistant
Mario Fowler Harrington ES Special Ed Assistant
Cynthia Griffin Wyatt ES Special Ed Assistant
Sheryl Haggblade Frankford MS Special Ed Assistant
Tammie Hanna Barron ES Campus Technology Assistant
Nayeema Hasan McCall ES Special Ed Assistant
Bethany Heidenreich Plano East SHS Special Ed Assistant
Tracy Helms Clark HS Office Assistant
Brenda Hernandez Jackson ES Bilingual Assistant
Maria (Clara) Hernandez Memorial ES Secretary
Rosa Hernandez Christie ES Food and Nutritional Services Manager
Brenda Ingram Jackson ES Campus Technology Assistant
Tammy Jaggi Thomas ES Physical Ed Assistant
Paula Leathers Carlisle ES Office Manager
Karla Lemus Head Start Bilingual Teaching Assistant
Lilly Leung Harrington ES Special Ed Assistant
Rick Moore Purchasing Services Buyer
Ruby Kaye Mutchler Beaty ECS PPCD Teaching Assistant
Deborah Newsome Plano East SHS ISS Assistant
Tracy Northcutt Hickey ES Teaching Assistant
Lisa Osborne Jackson ES Special Ed Assistant
Sharon Price Jasper HS Special Ed Secretary
Lisa Richardson Carlisle ES Special Ed Assistant
Leslie Sanborn Armstrong MS Office Manager
Kellie Santos Armstrong MS Secretary
Patricia Schrader McMillen HS Food and Nutritional Services Manager
Debbie Sewell Plano West SHS Finance Secretary
Karen Simons Dooley ES Campus Technology Assistant
Julia Smith Meadows ES Office Manager
Rachel Smith Haggard MS Special Ed Assistant
MaryAnn Spinozzi Weatherford ES Special Ed Assistant
Tamara Steneck Plano East SHS Special Ed Assistant
Mary Tate Davis ES Special Ed Assistant
Adrianne Taylor Wells ES Special Ed Assistant
Angeline Teoh Food and Nutritional Services Cashier
Lynn Thompson Hughston ES Secretary
Tammy Thornton Wilson MS Food and Nutritional Services Manager
Barbara Wahl Schimelpfenig MS Office Manager
Margie Walther Clark HS Registrar
Allison (Mary) Welch Plano East SHS Truancy Clerk
Rachel Wray Hedgcoxe ES Special Ed Assistant

 

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Service Pin Recipients

Salute to Service

Employees with 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service in Plano ISD were recognized at the employee banquet on April 7. Employees with 10 years of service received pins at their work sites. Lists of service pin receipients were published in a special edition employee newsletter. Links will direct to the March 2, 2016, "Dstrict Digest."

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Contact

Employees with questions about the banquet and/or recognition are asked to contact the Plano ISD Communications Department at 469-752-8150.


View last year's event website here.

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