Staff Award Winners

Pine Creek Educator of the Year

Jillian Lykens  | #ThereIsNoSubstitute

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Jillian Lykens, Pine Creek's 2019 Educator of the Year, is no stranger to excellence! In the fall of 2018 she received the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award and her presentation at the state foreign language conference in April of 2018 titled, "Language Grows When You're Having Fun! Engaging Your Students Through Performance Assessments," was recognized as ... (Read more >>)


Pine Creek Team of the Year

Congratulations to The Math Department, Pine Creek's Team of the Year, for their success in launching the PAL Lab!


Launching Something Extraordinary:  In the fall of 2017 PCHS teachers April Pierce, Ty Clark, Chris Kintz, and  Melony Black began looking at creative ways schools and districts were supporting students in math learning ... (Read more >>)



Pine Classified Staff Member of the Year

Karla Wester  | #ThereIsNoSubstitute

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Karla Wester, Library Clerk-Typist and Pine Creek's Classified Staff Member of the Year has tirelessly and enthusiastically been dedicated to maintaining and improving the day-to-day inner-workings of the Library's operations since she started at PCHS in 2000Without space for visioning, a plan for its implementation, a certified Teacher-Librarian, and top-notch support staff such as Karla, the efforts of a Library program stagnate: the program becomes subject to the latest whim and the Library facility becomes a book warehouse.  Due to Karla's excellent work, there has been space for the Teacher-Librarian to collaborate with teachers, administrators, and other staff members (including Karla!) so that the Library’s vision could evolve. 


As a result of having created the space for the shift to occur as well as having actively been a part of its implementation, Karla Wester has played a vital role (Read more >>)


Pine Creek Volunteer of the Year

Karen Cleary  | #ThereIsNoSubstitute

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Karen Cleary, Pine Creek's Volunteer of the Year has been helping out in schools for the past nine years. "One of the most memorable things I've done was working the Coat Check for Homecoming," Cleary said. "You're there with other parents and teachers and just trying to help kids --  It's total mayhem, at times, but fun!" 


In addition to being an active member of Pine Creek's Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP), Karen has also helped with the Pine Creek band, basketball, and volleyball Booster Clubs, been one of the Pine Creek reps for the D20 Parent Sounding Boardserved on the Building Committee for the 10 Classroom addition, and led the Pine Creek's Moms in Touch group. "I've enjoyed it all!" Cleary said. "By volunteering you can plug-in and better keep up with what's going on at the school and with your kids." 


Please join us in honoring Karen Cleary, Pine Creek's Volunteer of the Year, for her dedication to supporting our students and staff!