Sep 28, 2020

Pride of Pickerington (POPs) Districtwide Winners Announced!

POPS Pride of Pickerington staff award image

Shawnna Holt, Forensic Science/Ecology Teacher at Pickerington High School Central, and Karrie Kreinbrink, Library/Media Aide at Fairfield Elementary School, are the two districtwide 2020 “Pride of Pickerington” (POPs) employee of the year winners.

Holt was surprised by the impromptu ceremony staged by her colleagues Sept. 23 during the district’s all-virtual learning day. Human Resources Director Dr. Heather Hedgepeth presented the certificated staff bell award to Mrs. Holt. 
A day later, Fairfield Elementary Library/Media Aide Karrie Kreinbrink was awarded the classified staff districtwide employee of the year award by Asst. Supt./Chief Administrative Officer Zack Howard. Congratulations Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Kreinbrink!
Although the building level winners were announced at the Innovation Conference in January, due to the coronavirus closure which began in March, the awards had not yet been delivered to the winners. So, three members of the HR team — Drs. Howard and Hedgepeth, along with Scott Philabaum — had the honor of bestowing the prestigious awards. POPs winners are selected after a nomination process that includes nominations by other staff members, voting within each building, and a review of the nominations by the building principals. Criteria includes how well nominees represent the district in areas such as core values, work performance, dedication, collaboration and reflecting Pickerington Schools’ mission.

Great job to all of our fantastic POPs award recipients! 

This year’s POPs building-level winners are:

Certificated staff

  • Scott Duncan, Diley Middle School
  • Cathy Foster, Fairfield Elementary School
  • Kim Bauer, Harmon Middle School
  • Marieca Mattox, Heritage Elementary School
  • Brendan Ross, Lakeview Junior High School
  • Beth Schaar, Pickerington Elementary School
  • Shawnna Holt, Pickerington High School Central
  • Marci Truex, Pickerington High School North
  • Megan Ferne, Ridgeview Junior High School
  • Ben Baiocco, Sycamore Creek Elementary School
  • Jessica Mackey, Toll Gate Elementary School
  • Sherry Bentley, Toll Gate Middle School
  • Annette White, Tussing Elementary School
  • Jenny Magistro, Violet Elementary School

Classified staff

  • Melissa Held, Diley Middle School
  • Karrie Kreinbrink, Fairfield Elementary School
  • Rodney Evans, Harmon Middle School
  • Katie Theilman, Heritage Elementary School
  • Cindy Cruse, Lakeview Junior High School
  • Valerie Jackson, Pickerington Elementary School
  • Lisa Kolibash, Pickerington High School Central
  • Celia Henry, Pickerington High School North
  • Nancy Butler, Ridgeview Junior High School
  • Jan McDowall, Sycamore Creek Elementary School
  • Joyce Malone, Toll Gate Elementary School
  • Pam Smith, Toll Gate Middle School
  • Dana Day, Tussing Elementary School
  • Garry Donovan, Violet Elementary School
  • Gloria McDaniel, District Office

You may also view the official video announcing the building level winners, which was released in January. You can also view pictures and video of some of the individual award presentations on our Facebook page.