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Sharon Christensen, Lois Frank honored by WASA region


May 31, 2011

Pictured left to right – Sharon Christensen, Superintendent Karen Koschak, Lois Frank.

On May 19, the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 109 acknowledged Granite Falls School District volunteer Sharon Christensen and District Improvement Facilitator Lois Frank at an awards ceremony for their efforts in community involvement and student achievement.

Sharon Christensen is the epitome of a school volunteer. For the past five years, Christensen has tirelessly fought to increase rigor in academic programs at our High School, led the parent group in major fundraising efforts, and is the major contributor to the Class of 2011.

Christensen has spearheaded the effort to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1911 graduating class of Granite Falls with this year’s seniors. She has helped arrange to have family members of the first graduating class attend a special recognition assembly in June and to share memorabilia of past school days with the community.

High School Principal Eric Cahan said, “Sharon is an outstanding mother to two children, our most valuable volunteer, and our friend.”

District Improvement Facilitator Lois Frank is one of a kind. Frank has helped with curriculum mapping, analyzing test data, and providing staff training on a framework for intentional teaching.

Special Services Director Carol Panagos stated, “Lois is the first one to celebrate our successes and encourage us forward. She has blended into our staff with ease and has brought us a wealth of information.”

Frank’s knowledge and understanding of best practices is an asset to the staff and students; she makes sure the staff is teaching with accuracy and meeting state standards.


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