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NPPSD May Staff Members of the Month

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The North Platte Public Schools Foundation in conjunction with North Platte Public schools is excited to announce that Kelli Spurling and Autumn Ball have been recognized as the BIG Award “Bulldog” staff members of the month to round out the 2016-2017 school year.  Kelli is the English Language Learner Teacher and ELL Coordinator for North Platte Public Schools and Autumn is a Kindergarten Teacher at McDonald Elementary.

Kelli was nominated by Denise Digiovanni, Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning for NPPS.  Her nomination read, Kelli has distinguished herself as a conscientious and committed educator.  Kelli is effective in building wonderful relationships with students and because of that students are motivated to learn and improve.  Kelli displays a joyful willingness to explore any means necessary to reach students and families.

Kelli taught at Jefferson Elementary for two years and prior to that taught in the Grand Island School district before being hired for the ELL Program.  Kelli says that The ELL program focuses on providing students opportunities to practice all four modes of language: writing, reading, speaking, and listening; as well as to explore their native culture and the culture of their classmates.  By doing this, students can be proud of where they came from, and where they are headed.

Autumn Ball, McDonald Kindergarten teacher was nominated by her Principal Trent Benjamin.  Mr. Benjamin stated in his nomination that Autumn is an incredible educator, colleague and leader for McDonald Elementary.  He considers her a “child whisperer”.  Autumn has tremendous respect from her peers and continues to grow as a leader on our staff.  She currently serves as a member of our CIP team and is also our NPEA representative.  Autumn is a difference maker and we are fortunate to have her. 

Autumn has been a teacher in the school district for 4 years.  Autumn stated “I believe that all students can learn and with the right mindset and encouragement they can accomplish anything!  I believe that as a teacher its my job to set the stage and teach my youngsters to believe in themselves and to never give up.  Having this type of attitude will help them as they continue to grow and become lifelong learners.”

The North Platte Public Schools and North Platte Public Schools foundation developed the BIG AWARD Staff recognition promotion to provide incentives for deserving teachers and support staff. The program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers and support staff for their contributions to NPPS. The nomination symbolizes the esteem and appreciation that everyone has for our school district employees.

Teachers are rewarded with a gift basket, balloons and a gift card to the Bulldog store at NPHS.  The North Platte Public Schools Foundation is facilitating the program and takes nominations from principals and administration.  An overall award will be presented by random drawing from all of our award winners for the year.