Buffalo Grove Recognizes Staff Member Honorees of the Month for 2011-2012
May 30, 2012
Each month throughout the 2011-2012 school year, Buffalo Grove High School has recognized the outstanding efforts of one staff member in a different division within the building.
In September, technology assistant Debbie Oshita was selected as Staff Member of the Month for her positive attitude, perfectionism, multi-tasking abilities, and desire to cheerfully take on new tasks. She is direct and assertive, but also nurturing and creative with students, who look to her for guidance and leadership in producing the morning video announcements. Oshita is well regarded by students and staff.
The World Languages/Social Sciences/English Language Learners Department chose German teacher Julie Santeford as the October Staff Member of the Month. Her colleagues admire her work ethic, professionalism and approachable friendly personality, while her students appreciate her creativity, preparedness, and passion for her content. Advising the German Club, having students take the National exam, and facilitating exchanges are part of why parents, students and staff all admire Santeford.
Chet Pierce was the honored November staff member, chosen by the Math/Science Department. An outstanding teacher who inspires excellence in his students, Pierce is also an invaluable resource for other calculus and physics teachers. He took charge of the Honors Physics program when a long-time Physics teacher retired. Pierce had never taught AP Physics before, but the students continued to excel under his guidance. Pierce also assumed a leadership role in the AP Calculus curriculum when a veteran math teacher retired, once again with no "blip" in the quality of test scores. He accomplished all this, while teaching "prep" classes in honors science, AP science, and now, math.
In December, second-shift custodian Danny Dietz was selected as the Staff Member of the Month. A 2003 Buffalo Grove graduate, Dietz has worked in the district for eight years and has proven himself to be very conscientious, performing above and beyond in his daily tasks. Eager to lend a helping hand whenever the need arises, Dietz was commended for always doing a "great job."
Dave Fuglestad was the honored staff member in January, as selected by the Career and Technical Education division. He was recognized for his determination to help all his students succeed. Students are drawn to his approachable, easy-going demeanor. Fuglestad frequently offers troubled or struggling students encouragement in their life decisions and choices; students trust and seek him out. He goes the extra mile to help students understand the material. Coworkers find Fuglestad a helpful colleague and a kind and supportive listener.
Physical Education teacher, coach, and Girls Athletic Director, Marianne O'Shea, was nominated by her division in February. Retiring this June, O'Shea will be sorely missed by students and staff, alike. She has dedicated herself to the students at Buffalo Grove High School for the past 15 years, both in the classroom and on the field of competition, as a volleyball coach and overseeing girls' athletics.
In March, the English/Fine Arts department honored Academic Technology Coordinator and history teacher, Joe Taylor. This "truly outstanding educator" continually keeps the staff up-to-date on the constantly changing technology. Even under great stress when the entire staff seems to need his assistance, he is consistently patient, tolerant and flexible, with his famous sense of humor always intact. Taylor goes out of his way to accommodate the needs of the faculty and staff, even to the point of responding to desperate emails on evenings and weekends.
Veteran cafeteria worker Mary Drugon was named as the April Staff Member of the Month by the Food Services department. Hard-working Drugon is a master at completing any and all tasks within her position. She performs her duties in an efficient and organized manner and is always willing to jump in to assist, wherever she is needed.
Special education teacher Bernie Goodman, retiring from BGHS this June after a 29-year career, was named as the Student Services Staff Member of the Month for May. She is described as giving "one hundred-percent of herself, always. The benefits to her students, their parents, and her colleagues are immeasurable." Goodman accepts students for who they are, highlights their strengths, minimizes their weaknesses, and sets high standards for them. She provides them with guidance and advice, and encourages them to pursue their dreams.