April Employee Awards!

The MCSD Employee Recognition Award is for those employees who go above and beyond on a continual basis for students, staff, and/or parents. Nominations can come from community members, parents, and staff members. The district would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you and congratulate April’s best of the best at MCSD!

Janessa Ford – Kindergarten Teacher at Jefferson Elementary
Nominated by Jessica Brown

“Mrs. Ford is my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. My daughter is a very shy child and was nervous entering school. From day one, Mrs. Ford has gone above and beyond to assure my daughter’s safety and comfort. I have seen my daughter smiling confidently now entering school and seeing her teacher walking in. Mrs. Ford also keeps such an open line of communication with me about Gianna’s daily well being and scheduling. Being a mother with with a child entering school for the first time is a hard, scary, and an anxiety filled experience, but Mrs. Ford has been so welcoming and kind and has made this experience for me and my daughter extremely enjoyable. She deserves to know how much she is appreciated for all of her efforts.” Jessica Brown


Tammy Holcomb- Special Education Teacher at Central Middle School

Nominated by: Dorene Wagler

“I would like to nominate Ms.Holcomb for employee of the month because she goes above and beyond her job duties every day for our middle school students. She makes sure that her students get home safely after school and helps them attend event’s that take place after hours. If a student needs items such as deodorant or toothpaste, she makes sure that they get it so they can be successful outside of school, as well.

Ms.Holcomb will adjust her schedule so that parents can attend a meeting, even if it’s as late a 9pm! She makes sure that her students know that she is there to support them 100% no matter what. Every Friday Ms.Holcomb’s class makes and sells popcorn for everyone at Central. This gives our special ed students the opportunity to learn life skills and the money made goes back into the school for other fundraisers and needs. That’s what is amazing about Ms.Holcomb. It’s not just her students but all students and teachers at Central that she goes above and beyond for. There’s not a day that goes by that she doesn’t have a smile, a hug, or positive words as they walk down the hall. Once in a while she needs to remind them of the better choices they need to make but always ends on a positive hug or laugh.

Ms. Holcomb is very proud to be a part of Central Middle School and it shows. I too feel like a student in her class because I have learned a lot from her and still do. It’s been my pleasure working beside such a wonderful teacher in our community.” Dorene Wagler

Jillian Poppe – 4th Grade Teacher at Madison Elementary 

Nominated by: Tiffany Williams

“My daughter loves school, but she has never enjoyed math. Upon the start of the school year, my daughter was not looking forward to math classes and was worried that she would struggle. However, this year she has found that she LOVES math and enjoys doing math outside of school. We can only point to the way Ms. Poppe teaches the class and makes learning fun for her students. She challenges them to reach outside of their understanding and delivers fun, competitive learning methods. We are very grateful for our daughter’s new found love of math to help round out her education.” Tiffany Williams


Karen Woods – 2nd Grade Teacher at Madison Elementary

Nominated by Jillian Poppe

“Karen goes above and beyond every day at Madison. She can be found at Madison very early every day preparing for the day and week’s lessons, so that she can head down to the gym and volunteer her time to help with students before school. She gets the entire school excited for every Hawkeye and Cubs win in the gym, but always celebrates the success of other teams as well. You can find her at any Madison event the school is holding volunteering her time. Karen is not only a fantastic team player as a colleague, but she has been a wonderful teacher to two of my children. She has gone above and beyond to make sure her students learning needs are met. She gets her students excited about school, and excited to sit in her Hawkeye decorated classroom. She works hard, and her students (especially my children) love her and her classroom.” Jillian Poppe

Amy Danay – ALC Aide at Muscatine High School

Nominated by Sarah King and Lisa Paul

“Amy Danay really goes above and beyond for the students at Grant. Amy was the library clerk for Grant School. While she was here, she organized and led a book battle. The students loved it and it really got students motivated to read. Amy has now moved to the high school. In her absence, students asked about doing another book battle. We reached out to Amy and she willingly stepped up to once again run a book battle for our students. She picks the books, reads them all, and makes questions for the battle. She gets multiple copies of the books, often buying them with her own money. She comes to Grant each week to check on the student progress and rewards them with items bought from her own money. Monthly, the students that are staying on track with their reading are treated to a lunch were we eat together and talk about the books. Again, this is bought with her own money. Amy puts a tremendous amount of time, effort and money into making the book battle possible for our students and she doesn’t even work here. The teachers and students so appreciate her and all she does to make kids excited about reading!” Sarah King

“Amy has gone above and beyond to start and run a Battle of the Books competition at Grant Elementary. She doesn’t even work here! She has motivated the 4th and 5th graders to work hard and read which is great to see! We really appreciate Amy’s efforts here at Grant!” Lisa Paul

To nominate a deserving employee, go to Employee Recognition Form.

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