certified winner
Congratulations to the January 2023 Certified Golden Achievement Award for Wacona Elementary, speech teacher Ms. Keri Smith. Not only has Ms. Smith been serving her normal caseload this year, but due to a staff member’s unexpected illness and long-term absence, Ms. Smith has stepped in and taken on the full caseload of another speech teacher, doing double the work without complaint. 

Ms. Smith can be found on duty every morning serving breakfast with a smile on her face and sharing a greeting with every student she sees. She is always willing to help with anything asked of her and even steps in to do what needs to be done before she is asked. She has been a tremendous help in our Special Education department by assisting with paperwork, providing extra support in classrooms, and helping lead meetings. 

Additionally, Ms. Smith works with our GASA program and often helps with afternoon duty. We have started to think of her as Superwoman! Thank you so much, Ms. Smith, for everything you do at Wacona. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Ms. Smith (center) is pictured with Principal Jeri Ray (left) and Supt. Bert Smith (right).