2018-10-10 / News

Imlay City Schools’ staff earn appreciation awards

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Representing Imlay City High School this month was counselor Jim Owens. Representing Imlay City High School this month was counselor Jim Owens. IMLAY CITY — Representatives from each of Imlay City Schools’ buildings were among those honored for their contributions going above and beyond their regular responsibilities as educators last week. The Staff Appreciation Awards, sponsored by Doug Halabicky State Farm Insurance, are given monthly to district employees who exhibit positive characteristics.

Representing Borland Elementary School were office secretaries Rebecca Tyack and Brenda Putnam, nominated by building Principal Megan Cottone. “The job of a school secretary is truly never-ending. Students, staff, and parents would all argue that these amazing women are real-life superheroes,” said Cottone. “Not only do Rebecca and Brenda handle all of the chaos that comes into the busy school office in any given day, but they do so with a smile on their faces. Words cannot express how valuable these two ladies are. I am so grateful that they are a part of our team.”


Julie Johnson, secretary at Weston Elementary School, was nominated this month by building principal Devon Caudill. Julie Johnson, secretary at Weston Elementary School, was nominated this month by building principal Devon Caudill. The selection from Weston Elementary, selected by principal Devon Caudill, was Secretary Julie Johnson. Of Johnson, who has been with the district since 1999, Caudill said she “does her job without any hesitation and always with the students and staff first in mind. Weston Elementary and the entire Imlay City School District is lucky to have such an amazing employee.”

Nominated by Principal Pat Brown, the awardee representing Imlay City Middle School was Mike LaMarra, teacher, football and track coach and social studies department chair. “Mike is a true leader on our middle school staff. He consistently goes above and beyond which is why he is so beloved by the staff and his students,” said Brown. “Mike is a valuable member of the middle school and a big reason why students and staff feel that this is a wonderful place to learn.”


Teacher and coach Mike LaMarra was recognized as this month’s Staff Appreciation Choice out of Imlay City Middle School. Teacher and coach Mike LaMarra was recognized as this month’s Staff Appreciation Choice out of Imlay City Middle School. Rounding out the selections was Imlay City High School’s Jim Owens, counselor, nominated by Principal Brian Eddy. “Jim has worked very hard in learning new tasks this year while being a go to person for a new staff member,” said Eddy. “The counseling office has and will continue to re-invent itself this year and Jim has displayed leadership skill throughout this process.”

Nicholas Pugliese



Borland Elementary School secretaries Rebecca Tyack and Brenda Putnam (pictured) were co-winners of this month’s Staff Appreciation Award. Borland Elementary School secretaries Rebecca Tyack and Brenda Putnam (pictured) were co-winners of this month’s Staff Appreciation Award.

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