Support Staff Persons of the Year

Support Staff Persons of the Year
Photo (from left-to-right): Jamie Budakian (PV), Scott Jones (District), and Ross Koehler (PH)Congratulations to our technology specialists Mr. Jamie Budakian, Mr. Ross Koehler, and Mr. Scott Jones for being recognized as our Support Staff Persons of the Year!

Year in and year out, our technology specialists do an outstanding job of keeping our technology up-to-date and working for our teachers and students.  This year, their services were vital as we have needed to provide both fully remote and hybrid instruction.

Dr. Gundersen, along with the respective school principals and our director of technology and communication, announced this award on Wednesday, April 28 in the technology specialists' respective offices.  When presenting the awards, Dr. Gundersen shared some of the quotes submitted on behalf of the award winners:

Mr. Jamie Budakian

Photo (from left-to-right): Dr. Erik Gundersen, Mr. Jamie Budakian, Mr. Paul Zeller, and Mr. John Puccio
Photo (from left-to-right): Dr. Erik Gundersen, Mr. Jamie Budakian, Mr. Paul Zeller, and Mr. John Puccio

Quotes regarding Mr. Budakian included:
  • "Jamie always helps solve my computer problems.  Without him there is no way our teacher's and students would get by.  He always helps happily and finds time for you."
  • "...Jamie keeps the day-to-day technology of PV running smoothly.  He's really an unsung hero who goes above-and-beyond to help teachers and students not worry so much about their tech working properly, and focus more on learning."

Mr. Ross Koehler

Photo (from left-to-right): Mr. Paul Zeller, Mr. Ross Koehler, Dr. Erik Gundersen, Mr. Timothy Wieland
Photo (from left-to-right): Mr. Paul Zeller, Mr. Ross Koehler, Dr. Erik Gundersen, Mr. Timothy Wieland

Quotes regarding Mr. Koehler included:

  • "Ross is the guy who you go to when you need anything techie done! Whether it’s getting my apple TV to work, or help me install a new program for my kids, Ross is there!"
  • "Ross is a guy who flies under the radar, works his tail off, and unwittingly makes everything a little easier for us. He doesn’t ask for much, and in turn gives everything his all. If something is not working, Ross will be there in flash to fix it. For a guy who likes to fly under the radar, he’s certainly on mine!"

Mr. Scott Jones

Photo (from left-to-right): Mr. John Puccio, Mr. Paul Zeller, Mr. Scott Jones, and Dr. Erik Gundersen

Quotes regarding Mr. Jones include:

  • "With our sudden new heavy dependence on technology and online learning systems, many teachers have had to use technology well beyond what they used to do.  This has increased the requirements for support in our online tools, notably Canvas.  At the same time, Canvas has rolled out changes that need to be explained.  Through these times, Scott has been a fantastic resource.  He is willing to give advice, inspect teacher's Canvas pages and assignments, help troubleshoot problems, and even assist with teacher-student issues.  Even though we are all incredibly busy and stressed, Scott maintains a calm, helpful, friendly demeanor in all interactions."
  • "Scott serves as a Technology Specialist in both buildings, helping with repairs and coverage.  In addition, Scott is our lead with Canvas and other instructional apps used in the classroom.  When the pandemic forced us remote, Scott dedicated any time he could find to learning about more tools so he could better assist our teachers.  During the pandemic, he has become a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Certified Teacher, and is now working toward becoming a Canvas Certified Educator.  In a time where we rely on these technologies now more than ever, Scott has demonstrated his passion to help educate our students above and beyond what has been asked of him."
Congratulations to our tech team for this well deserved recognition!
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