Congratulations to STAR Award winners for December


The STAR Awards program recognizes support employees who go above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities.

Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Made significant contributions improving job efficiency, quality of services, safety or conserving resources
  • Performed a humanitarian or heroic act
  • Responded proactively by anticipating needs and solving problems without specific direction

Sandra Harryman, Nutrition Services, Victory Villa Elementary

Sandra Harryman is a nutrition services employee at Victory Villa Elementary. She pitches in wherever asked. In the cafeteria, she created an incentive program for students and is always eager to assist with cleaning off tables or providing students with whatever they need. If a co-worker requires assistance, Harryman is ready to support them. She completes clerical work for office staff, assists in the school’s media center each morning, and helps teachers with laminating and copying. When kindergarten students needed letter flashcards, Harryman created them.

Shawn Kennedy, Long-Term Substitute, Pine Grove Middle

Shawn Kennedy is a long-term substitute at Pine Grove Middle. His calming demeanor is welcomed by students. He provides his students with structure that allows them to keep on track and move forward in their learning. A willing and versatile educator, Kennedy has served as a long-term substitute in several different subjects. He provides a positive presence for Pine Grove Middle and the staff there is appreciative of his efforts.

Vonda Zamenski, Instructional Assistant, Orems Elementary

Vonda Zamenski is an instructional assistant at Orems Elementary. She has lifelong ties to Orems. She, her children, and her grandchildren attended Orems. Thus, she knows almost everyone at the school and is kind and pleasant to everyone. She supports students with individualized education programs when special educators are assessing students. She leads the school’s annual flower sale and makes sure mothers who volunteer at the school receive flowers as well. When students need extra support, she is willing to tutor them and help however she can.

Chantel Young and Brenda Freeberger, Bus Driver and Bus Driver Assistant, Edgemere Elementary

Chantel Young is a bus driver and Brenda Freeberger is a bus driver assistant at Edgemere Elementary. Each morning, they transport two students to the school, including one who requires a wheelchair. Their friendliness and professionalism provide a positive example for all students and ensure a seamless transition to school. When one of the students on their bus celebrated a birthday, Young and Freeberger greeted her with balloons and tied them to her wheelchair.


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