You Rock Recipients

Becca Jones and her ProStart crew ROCK! 10-26

They rocked with Wednesday’s breakfast and lunch.  They’ve also catered several other luncheons and events this year, and it’s only October!  Becca has reinvigorated the ProStart program and students’ interest in pursuing culinary as a career.  Hats off on a job well done!

Connie Goettee


Connie Goettee 10-19
She has been working non-stop getting everything ready for PSAT and Senior conferences next week.  On top of setting all that up, she is continuing to set up college visits, meet with students about their futures, and teaching me how to help the SpEd kids get their testing accommodations. You Rock Connie!!!

Jennifer Kieltyka


Jennifer Kieltyka 10-13

I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Jennifer Kieltyka!

Jennifer has gone over and beyond in assisting me with my role of PSP. I took on the role of running PSP until the position was filled. She has been right by my side through it all. I’ve asked a million questions and there was Jennifer to save the day!  On top of helping me and my million questions, she continues her responsibilities of Dean of Students/Special Ed contact.

It is for these reasons that I give the YOU ROCK award to JENNIFER KIELTYKA!!

 Kristin Chavez


Kristen Chavez 10-4

For several years now, I have had the pleasure of working along side Kristen Chavez and have come to know her as an admirable colleague (and a supportive friend).

So I would like to give her a kudos shout out!

Not many people know what Kristen does behind the scenes for the students of the Positive Support Program EVERY day —– She works diligently to make sure the students have a structured, nurturing, and safe environment in which to work on assignments, socialize and, when necessary, to regroup. Additionally, at the beginning of the year Kristen stepped up to the plate to act as the PSP teacher when the position was not filled. Because of her, the students started this year off feeling supported and cared for.

It is for these reasons that I give the YOU ROCK award to Kristen Chavez!!!

Rachel Smale

Rachel Smale 9-27

I have had the opportunity to work in Rachel Smale’s classroom many times over the past few years. Her organizational skill, work ethic and attention to detail are legendary. She is also a generous and enthusiastic staff member and colleague. It is for these reasons that I have selected her to receive the YOU ROCK Award.
Ms. Smale, YOU ROCK! (James Steritz)


Jim Steritz 9- 8

This week I am passing on the “You Rock award to Jim Steritz. Jim has always inspired me by his hard work, positive confident attitude,and his willingness to help others. Some days Jim wears four hats, Teacher, I.A., Bus Driver and Clock Operator. Jim never misses.a chance to teach.So with that being said, I say “You Rock” Mr. Jim Steritz.




I just passed on the “You Rock” award to Robbie!

I don’t often think of myself as a damsel in distress, but Robbie was certainly my Knight in Shining Armor yesterday when he stepped in and changed my tire for me after school.   This is only one of the many great things that I’ve seen Robbie do since he’s been back.  He’s amazing with the students and always has a smile for everyone he encounters!  He certainly lights up the halls!

Robbie – it is sooooooo great that you are back here at LAHS.  We are lucky to have you here and YOU ROCK!!

Debbie Grothus


Debbie Grothus 8-30

I passed along the ‘You Rock’ award to our Debbie Grothus, who did so much work (ON ONLY THE THIRD DAY OF FRIGGIN’ SCHOOL!…not like she wasn’t busy enough!) to allow us all to enjoy the eclipse.  Hundreds of Toppers got to better see the event thanks to her, and even the solar system cooperated to give us a short viewing time.

Debbie is certainly part of what makes this school rock!

Jon Lathrop


Jon Lathrop 8-21

Lathrop and Link Crew made life in E-Wing a whole lot easier!  Last week the freshmen mostly knew where to go, how to get into their lockers, AND seemed less nervous than they have in years past.  Thank you!!!!

Katie Nelson


Katie Nelson – 8-16

I would like to acknowledge Katie Nelson as the second recipient of the “You Rock Award”.  Katie’s sensitivity and kind demeanor help freshmen make a smooth transition into high school.  She is patient and provides her students with many opportunitiesfor success in her classroom.  What impresses me the most about Katie is her cheerful, upbeat attitude towards staff and students. I have never seen her without a smile on her face, and she goes out of her way to say kind words to everyone she comes in contact with.  Quietly, in E-Wing, she works extremely hard to make a positive impact on student learning at LAHS and TFA.

Katie, thank you for being so wonderful to the students!


Nikol Strohher 8-11

Nikol Strohher is the first recipient of the “You Rock” award. After visiting her room the first we returned back to school, I was impressed with all her hard work putting together a digital classroom. Nikol had already created a Google classroom for all her students to use this year. She is taking the challenges of being teacher in the digital age much like she takes on a race with focus and determination.

“You Rock Nikol”,

Renee Dunwoody