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Granite Falls School District names Bass and Sawyer employees of the year


July 2, 2012

Pictured left to right Kristen Bass, Tammi Sawyer, and School Board President Rebecca Loney.

The Granite Falls School District named Kristen Bass and Tammi Sawyer as the 2011-2012 Employees of the Year at the annual end of the year staff awards program held June 21 at Mountain Way Elementary.

Kristen Bass is the teacher of the year. Bass has been the special education teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary for the past seven years. Monte Cristo Principal Kari Henderson-Burke stated, “Kristen is child-centered, adaptable, and always shows her love for kids and learning. She has remained positive, flexible, and faithful to her high level of professional commitment in spite of an over-the-top work load.”

She has a smile on her face no matter what challenges come her way. She takes the time to get to know each of her students, which helps her build trust and relationships so students meet her high standards. She is eager to help colleagues and provides extra help to new staff members.

Bass is also known at the school for her sense of humor, great storytelling, and her artistic talents. But it’s her caring heart that shows through with her students and the staff. Henderson-Burke added, “Kristen is well-deserving of this award and it is with pride that we call her one of our own at Monte Cristo Elementary School.”

The District’s Classified Employee of the Year is High School cook and District Food Service co-coordinator Tammi Sawyer.

Superintendent Linda Hall said, “Tammi shares the coordinator position with Viki Perrault to provide an outstanding food service program district-wide and is the lead cook at the High School. What is best about Tammi is her interaction with students, flexibility to meet the needs of our students, and dedication to make sure all students have a nutritious breakfast and lunch.”

An employee for 20 years, Sawyer also helps to coordinate the free summer food service program and helps staff coordinate special events such as receptions and community events. She pays close attention to details, has a genuine care for our students, and is ready to help staff at any time.

Mike Sullivan, Director of Business and Operations, said, “Tammi begins her day at 4:30 a.m ., never misses a deadline, makes sure the food service order is in, and menus are updated. The pride Tammi has in her work reflects in the level of service she provides to our students and staff.”


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