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Bradshaw Mountain awards VIPs for February

Three women received the Humboldt Unified School District VIP awards for the month of February at the governing board meeting on Feb. 11: Patti Eller, Certified Employee of the Month; Mindy Clifford, Classified Employee of the Month; and Elissa Rogge, HUSD Volunteer of the Month.

Eller is "unsurpassed" in her position as special education teacher at Bradshaw Mountain High School, said Bradshaw Principal Kort Miner.

"She sets high expectations for her students, but gives them high levels of support when they need it," Miner said. "Mrs. Eller is very skilled at designing lessons which elicit high levels of student engagement."

Eller also is the special education department chair where she monitors students' progress and keeps the district in compliance with students' Individual Education Plans. Miner said the number of students in resource classes passing the AIMS has more than doubled in the past three years.

For the past ten years, Eller has coached the high school swim team, with 50 swimmers signing up for this year's team and breaking seven school records.

"As you can see, Patti Eller is an integral part of the BMHS campus and climate. She is a dedicated educator whose only goal is to see her students grow and succeed," Miner told the governing board.

Clifford is Bradshaw's counseling secretary, secretary to Assistant Principal Jeremy Hendrix, and also helps out with the nurse's office. Miner took a deep breath before describing a portion of what Clifford does o the job: she answers phone calls all day, talks to students waiting to see their counselors, set appointments, takes care of paperwork for enrolling and withdrawing students, retakes ID photos, sends out passes, covers the front reception desk, types and edits the course catalog, and is the liaison for student registration with Yavapai College.

"She is a plethora of knowledge and unbelievably patient," he said. "She epitomizes professionalism and the high school could not function without her."

Rogge heads up Connection, the parent-teacher-student organization on the Bradshaw campus, is a member of the Band Boosters, and is a parent member of the SIT Council. Every year she volunteers four days during the registration process.

"She is extremely dedicated to our students' extra-curricular and co-curricular activities on the BMHS campus," Miner said.

Rogge develops fundraising activities for a variety of programs, is present at events, band practices, parades and competitions, and volunteers as chaperone.

"She is truly an incredible member of the community who has volunteered thousands of hours to the district schools as an involved mother the entire time her children have been in public education," Miner said.

He added that after Rogge's last child heads off to college in the fall, he hopes she will continue her involvement with Bradshaw.

Each month the governing board meets at one of the district's nine schools. Host principals nominate one certified and one staff member as the district's VIP employees of the month, and Volunteer Coordinator Noreen Juarez-Alexander nominates a volunteer.

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