The Harper Creek Optimist Club Board of Directors voted February 2019 to initiate a new program that monthly during the school year recognizes teachers in the Harper Creek Community Schools. A “Teacher of the Month” is selected by the school’s Principal from each of the five schools: HC High School, HC Middle School, Beadle Lake Elementary, Sonoma Elementary and Wattles Park Elementary. The honored teacher will receive specials perks for a month such as a classroom door award, special recognition on daily announcements plus a special parking spot with a designated sign. In addition, if the teacher (and family) would like to attend a Harper Creek Optimist Club meeting during their award month, they will receive a free dinner plus a $50 check to be utilized for their classroom.
Katie Thill - Sonoma Elementary - September
Shannon Howard - HC Middle School - September
Amy Rinard - Beadle Lake Elementary - October
Kris Gilbert - Sonoma Elementary - October
Alisha Hantz - Wattles Park Elementary - October
Amy Stanton - HC Middle School - October
Ryan Renner - HC High School - October
Pictured (L-R) are Club President Rich Peternel, Alisha Hantz, Shannon Howard, Katie Thill, Amy Rinard,
Kris Gilbert, Amy Stanton and Ryan Renner.
Nicole Schwarz - Beadle Lake Elementary
Betty Picard - Sonoma Elementary
Nicole Meier - Wattles Park Elementary
Erik Crooks - HC Middle School
Tiffini Hurley - HC High School
Pictured front (L-R) are Elisa Renner (April TOM), Nicole Meier, Betty Picard, and Nicole Schwarz. In the back
row (L-R) are Club President Rich Peternel, Tiffini Hurley and Erik Crooks.
HC High School - no nominee
HC Middle School - Alissa Renner
Beadle Lake Elementary - Ann Delmotte
Sonoma Elementary – Shayne Elwell
Wattles Park Elementary – Joene Joostberns
Pictured are the Teachers of the Month: (L-R) Ann Delmotte, Shayne Elwell, Joene Joostberns plus Amy Smith who was a March selection, but attended this month's meeting. Club President Rich Peternel is pictured on the
left. The honored teachers attended our meeting on May 23rd.
HC High School - Suzanne Allen
HC Middle School - Amy Smith
Beadle Lake Elementary - Karen Strombeck
Sonoma Elementary – Sarah Piotrowski
Wattles Park Elementary – Paul Cotts
Pictured are the Teachers of the Month: (L-R) Karen Strombeck, Suzanne Allen, Sarah Piotrowski and Paul Cotts.
Amy Smith was unable to attend the meeting. They are flanked by Club President Rich Peternel and Club Vice-
President Tracie Tomak. The honored teachers attended our meeting on April 25th.
HC High School - Megan Alday
HC Middle School - Jessica Zimmerman
Beadle Lake Elementary - Angela Rapson
Sonoma Elementary – Erin Willard
Wattles Park Elementary – No nominee
Pictured holding their Teacher of the Month Award (L-R) are Erin Willard, Angela Rapson and Megan Alday. Jessica Zimmerman was unable to attend the meeting. They are flanked by Club President Rich Peternel and
Club Vice-President Tracie Tomak. The honored teachers attended our weekly meeting on March 21st.
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