Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary staffers honored by QCUSD governing board

Four employees at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School (FBPE) were honored Sept. 6 by the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board for their service to the school district. Board President Ken Brague read each honoree’s nomination form before presenting him or her with a gift from the school district and posing with a picture.

The honorees were:

Heather McMinn, center, wearing floral shirt, was honored Sept. 6 for her work as a reading specialist at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School. She was pictured with her friends, family members and school associates who attended the governing board meeting during which the awards were presented. (Special to the Independent/Queen Creek Unified School District)

Heather McMinn, center, wearing floral shirt, was honored Sept. 6 for her work as a reading specialist at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School. She was pictured with her friends, family members and school associates who attended the governing board meeting during which the awards were presented. (Special to the Independent/Queen Creek Unified School District)

Heather McMinn, reading specialist
“If you look up ‘team player’ in the dictionary surely you will find a picture of Heather McMinn,” Ms. McMinn’s nominator wrote about her. “No matter the task, Heather is always one of the first ones offering to help. English language arts training, Advancement Via Individual Determination training, A+ Committee, strategic planning, site council — you name it, her name is probably on the list. In addition, she spends time modeling lessons for teachers and working on building confidence in our struggling readers. Heather is innovative. This year when planning for Dibels testing, Heather helped to organize all the specialists and aides across the district as a way to expedite the Dibels testing process for all Queen Creek schools. Not only is Heather a great teacher and inspiration for our students, she is a wonderful friend and confidant. Pickett is better place because of her.”

 

 

 

Harry White, center, wearing dark shirt and white tie, was honored Sept. 6 for his work as a crossing guard at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School. He was pictured with his friends, family members and school associates who attended the governing board meeting during which the awards were presented. (Special to the Independent/Queen Creek Unified School District)

Harry White, center, wearing dark shirt and white tie, was honored Sept. 6 for his work as a crossing guard at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School. He was pictured with his friends, family members and school associates who attended the governing board meeting during which the awards were presented. (Special to the Independent/Queen Creek Unified School District)

Harry White, crossing guard
“Harry White is one of a kind and we’re so happy he’s here at Pickett,” Mr. White’s nominator wrote about him. “Harry is dependable and reliable all the time. As a crossing guard he takes his role of seeing to it that our little Mustangs get to and from school safely very seriously. This seriousness doesn’t prevent him from being friendly to our parents, though. He’s often seen waving at parents as they’re pulling into the lot to drop off their students in the morning or chatting with them as they wait in line in the afternoon. On the playground, Harry is called ‘Papa.’  Papa has the best job on campus because the students seek him out to retell events from the weekend and what is going on in their lives in general. He stops by the office to regularly show off drawings from students and shares funny stories he was told. This year, Mr. Harry volunteered his free time to help teachers make copies and do other tasks. He doesn’t stop there, however. It’s not uncommon to see him helping take down our flags or helping put together a whiteboard. Thank you, Harry, for all your hard work and for all you do here at FBPE.  We’re very lucky to have you.”

 

 

Matt Pace, center, wearing dark shirt, was honored Sept. 6 for his work in maintenance at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School. He was pictured with his friends, family members and school associates who attended the governing board meeting during which the awards were presented. (Special to the Independent/Queen Creek Unified School District)

Matt Pace, center, wearing dark shirt, was honored Sept. 6 for his work in maintenance at Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School. He was pictured with his friends, family members and school associates who attended the governing board meeting during which the awards were presented. (Special to the Independent/Queen Creek Unified School District)

Matthew Pace, maintenance
“Since joining the Queen Creek family this past summer, Matt Pace has jumped right in and gotten to work,” Mr. Pace’s nominator wrote about him. “Matt is thorough and always goes above and beyond to ensure the schools are getting their needs met. He’s in constant contact with us to see if there’s anything we need or anything he can do for us. He’s professional, efficient and genuine. Thank you, Matt, for your dedication to FBPE and all the schools in our district.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Chirban, volunteer
“Since her grandson started kindergarten at Pickett last year, Ms. Marilyn has become a permanent fixture on our campus,” Ms. Chirban’s nominator wrote about her. “Marilyn started off coming in every day last year helping Mrs. Morgan’s kindergarten class. She helped run centers, read with students and made many, many copies. When Mrs. Morgan moved up to fourth grade, Marilyn was the first one to volunteer her services. In fact, she was here over the summer helping move her classroom. Ms. Marilyn must have been missing those kindergarten-aged students because it wasn’t long before she started volunteering to help run centers, read with students and make more copies. We look forward to another five years with Mrs. Chirban on our campus. Thank you for all you do, Marilyn.”

Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary School, 22076 E. Village Loop in Queen Creek, serves students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

The Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday and at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the school district board room, 20217 E. Chandler Heights Road in Queen Creek. Study sessions begin at 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

For more information, visit its website at www.qcusd.org.

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