GHMS teacher, aide and volunteer honored by school district
As Jenny Allerdings' children move through the Humboldt Unified School District system, she finds a place to volunteer. The HUSD governing board honored Allerdings as Glassford Hill Middle School's Volunteer of the Month at its Sept. 9 meeting, in addition to Classified VIP Allison Hargrove and Certified VIP Adam Kenner.
GHMS Principal Terri Matteson called Allerdings "a positive advocate for our school." She has been an active member with the school's Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, serving this year as treasurer. Allerdings will move on to Bradshaw Mountain High School when her son, a GHMS eighth-grader, graduates upward.
"But we know there is a younger Allerdings on her way and we look forward to Jenny returning," Matteson said.
This is Allison Hargrove's fourth year working as a classroom aide at Glassford Hill. This year she helps out in one of the self-contained rooms with resource students.
"Allison has an incredible talent for stepping in when our highest-need students are struggling," Matteson said, adding that Hargrove has a gift for developing rapport with girls. "The boys appreciate her, too, because she has first lunch duty and fills the basketballs with air."
Adam Kenner, now in his fifth year at GHMS, teaches seventh-grade social studies. He also is Student Council faculty advisor and involved in the Respect for Learning program, the Panther PRIDE program, as well as the positive behavior intervention strategies.
"Adam is a member of our Problem Solving Team and works closely with our support services staff to provide differentiated instruction in his classroom for our high needs students," Matteson said. "He is an example for all of our students on what it means to be Stalking Success."
Matteson said one of her hardest tasks as principal is to identify and nominate outstanding people as VIPS. "They all are exceptional," she said about Glassford Hill teachers, staff and volunteers.