The Watertown School District honored both Certified and Non-Certified staff late Friday afternoon during an awards ceremony at Lake Area Tech.  Each School in the District selected their own nominee. Those nominees then advanced on to the district awards which were presented to two individuals on Friday.  Scott Davis was selected as the Classified Employee of the Year. Davis is a custodian at the Watertown High School. He was nominated because of his excellent service and support to faculty and staff. He was described as a dedicated staff member who goes above and beyond. Davis says winning the award means a lot to him…..

Karen Johnson, a 4th Grade Teacher at Mellette Elementary was chosen as the Certified Employee of the Year. Johnson was selected by her peers “because of her dedication to her work and passion for teaching her students. It merits her as one of the best teachers in the district”, her fellow employees said.  She has been at Mellette for 34 years says she humbled by winning the award…..

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Danielson says that with over 500 employees in the District selecting the winners is never an easy process....

Classified Employee of the Year For each of the District’s Schools are:

Suzanne Byer, Classroom Para-Professional, Mellette Elementary School Richard Comes, Bus Driver - Transportation Department, Scott Davis, Custodian, Watertown High School, Brittany Fischer, Para-Professional, Jefferson Elementary, Donna Ireland, Classroom Para-Professional, Roosevelt Elementary, Timberly Lunde, Administrative Assistant, McKinley Elementary, Sandy Middleton, Para-Professional, Lincoln Elementary School, Jamie Miles, Administrative Assistant, Watertown Intermediate School, Teya Turbes, Nutritional Services, Watertown Middle School, Mike Williams, Custodian, Watertown Middle School

Certified Employees of the Year For each of the District’s Schools are: 

Charise Chilson, 5th Grade Teacher, Watertown Intermediate School, Kathy Dejong, 1st Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Jennifer Flatten, Kindergarten Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School, Karen Johnson, 4th Grade Teacher, Mellette Elementary School, Rhonda Krueger, Spanish Teacher, Watertown High School, Katie Kruse, Interventionist, Watertown Middle School, Tanya Maag, 4th Grade Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary School, Abby Turbak, 1st Grade Teacher, McKinley Elementary School