Selkirk Educator of the Year
During an elementary student assembly on Thursday, June 12 Selkirk Superintendent Nancy Lotze announced the Selkirk Board of Directors selected school psychologist, Jane Reed, as the 2014 Educator of the Year. Since the 1999-2000 school year, the Selkirk board has annually solicited nominations for the award from parents, students, and community members. A perpetual plaque housed in the high school trophy case contains a list of all past award winners. At the presentation, Lotze encouraged the elementary students to guess this year’s recipient by giving a list of clues compiled from nominations:*A student who nominated this person says, “I think that she should be nominated because she is 1) nice, 2) she helps work out hard physical problems between two or more people, and 3) obviously she does not get mad at anyone.
*Another student who nominated this person says, “She helps me and my friends get along and helps me work on problems. She is somebody that helps my life. She is helpful, awesome, very generous and very, very, wonderful!
*A parent who nominated this person says, “She is devoted to children and she also has great communication with parents. The emotional influence she has will go on with our family forever.A staff member who nominated this person says, “She is always available for kids and the people she works with. She has an “open-door” and greets whoever enters with a smile and welcome.
She helps you make new friends, teaches you how to ignore distractions so you can finish your work, explains strategies to use when you are angry and frustrated, and she helps you think about what you are feeling and how to make better choices.
Prior to presenting the plaque Lotze stated that Reed “is a gifted and talented educator with a caring attitude and a kind heart.
When Reed’s name was finally announced, the students responded with a cheer!
Reed began working in the Selkirk School District in 1984 as a Speech Therapist, although for the first three years she was an ESD 101 employee. She continued working as a speech therapist but expanded her repertoire to include Communication Lab and Second Step programs delivered in a classroom setting and designed to help students make better choices. In 2006, Reed completed her school psychologist certification and added that to her list of roles in the school district.
“Jane is not a typical school psychologist whose interactions with students might be limited only to assessments or special education issues,” Lotze said. “Jane spends a large portion of her school day working directly with students one-to-one or in small groups to help them learn how to better choices or deal with issues, both school and home-related. Jane teaches students that they have the ability to change their behavior, manage stress, make better choices…she empowers them and the students are stronger and more confident because of that experience.
Lotze stated that, “Jane is always willing to take on an additional assignment, role, or responsibility and never complains. She goes the extra mile...times two because she works in both buildings in the district.” For the past eight years, Reed was also a class advisor at the secondary level, most recently finishing with the graduating class of 2014. Throughout the past six years, along with John Kinney (the 2013 Selkirk Educator of the Year), she helped that group of students raise funds for a senior trip, coordinate Selkirk’s first-time participation in the Bi-County Prom held at Fairchild Airforce Base, and grow as young adults.”
Reed is described by those who work with her as a person who forms very positive and supportive relationships with students with the goal of helping them get through whatever challenges they face. The nominations also cite Reed’s exceptional reliability, attention to detail and expertise. Lotze says that, “Jane makes a difference in the lives of so many children and we are fortunate that she chooses to work at Selkirk.”