GK Staff On What They’re Most Thankful For This Year

In a community like ours, there is much to be thankful for. From our students, staff, friends and families, to the everyday things that help motivate us to keep doing our best (like pizza and a good book!) — we at GK Schools want to express our gratitude for all the good in our lives.

We asked staff from across the district what they were most thankful for this year — here’s what they had to say!

“I’m thankful for the Genoa-Kingston Family of employees. There is so much love and caring in this district for the students, and fellow workers. It is truly a pleasure to serve the Genoa-Kingston Community!” — Brent O’Daniell, Superintendent of GK Schools

Mrs. Lee’s students getting comfy while reading.

“I am most thankful for the support of my amazing friends, family and co-workers during a challenging year!” — Kara Lee, special education teacher at GES

“I’m thankful for my students and their excitement for learning; my family and my friends.” — Brenda Lucca, first grade teacher at KES

“I am thankful for my loving husband, children and dog, Waldo!” — Debbie Griebenow, nurse’s aide at KES

“I am thankful for my family and students!” — Kim Campbell, special education teacher at KES

“I’m thankful for the friendly, helpful and supportive staff that I work daily here with at the school. I’m also thankful for all the students I get to take care of as well. They make me feel appreciated, recognized and treat me with respect.” — Diane Jennings, nurse at GKMS

“I am thankful for the students in my classroom, my coworkers in the district, and my family at home!” — Cameron Davekos, third grade teacher at GES

Kingston Elementary School Principal Stefanie Hill.

“This year I am most thankful for my awesome husband and three great kiddos. I’m also thankful to live in this wonderful community with incredible students and families.” — Stefanie Hill, Principal at KES

“I have quite a lot to be grateful for: I have a wonderful job that lets me help students. I am also quite thankful to have my parents and family close to me. Finally, I am grateful to be trusted to care for my two little dogs (even if they are scoundrels).” — Jill Nicholson, special education teacher at GKHS

“I am truly thankful, grateful, and blessed with my health, home, family, friends, faith, food, and kitties.” — Karmen Ewald, language arts teacher at GKMS

“I am thankful for pizza!” — Katie Bohne, building secretary at KES

Ms. Logsdon’s students working together in class.

“I am thankful for the goodness of my kids, my health and my friends.” — Tory Logsdon, social studies teacher at GKMS

“I am thankful for the awesome staff at KES!” — Laura Volkening, second grade teacher at KES

“I am thankful for my staff, students, and basketball team.” — Ethan Franklin, math teacher at GKHS

“I am thankful for my joints!! They feel great!! LoL! I am MOST THANKFUL for my parents and my family. My parents are getting older now, but are with us and my husband supports me EVERY SINGLE DAY!” — Dani -Jo Galauner, GKMS

“This year, like most years, I am most thankful for all the love and support I receive from all the people in my life. I know there are people at home and at work that I can count on to be helpful and caring. Not everyone is this fortunate, so I am extremely grateful.” — Cara Coulter, special education teacher at GKMS

“I am so very thankful for the extraordinary kids and people I have the opportunity to work with every day and for the opportunity to make an impact on other people’s lives. I am thankful for my beautiful family, my friend family, and of course, my fur baby family, Lola and Simone. I’m thankful for my health and all of the gems the universe has sent my way. These are life’s greatest gifts and not a day passes that I don’t realize how fortunate I am and give thanks for each and every one of them. Oh yes, and BOOKS. I am thankful for books!”— Tara Wilkins, librarian at GKHS

GKHS Librarian Tara Wilkins with a student during a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event.




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