Congratulations to Grace Garcia, PK-12th grade Migrant Para & Adult ELL Educator, for being

named the Spartan Pride Award winner for January. The award recognizes a USD 216 employee
who has gone above and beyond to make sure USD 216 is an excellent place for our students to
learn and grow. The Spartan Pride Award is intended to recognize and honor employees who
positively impact our students. These employees are shining examples we should celebrate and
encourage our students to model.
We also would like to congratulate the following USD 216 staff members who were nominated:
Adam Leroux, Courtney Griego, Shelly Harper, Nennah Vainerere, Irma Infante, Nicole Grubbs,
Alex Navarrete, Katie Hahn, Becky Kinyon, Daniel Reyes, Grace Garcia, Veronica Aparicio, Steve
Thompson, Amy Browning, Lauren Hastings, and Amy Long.
We would like to say thank you to Cottonwood Coffeehouse in Lakin for being the Official Spartan
Pride Award Sponsor and providing $20 Gift Cards to the winners.