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2016 Good Apple Award recipient Kristie Fresco-Hawes: School Psychologist, Memorial School

This Good Apple has only been with us a short time and has already become an integral member of Memorial’s school staff. She consistently demonstrates a positive, collaborative style when working with her other staff members whether it is brainstorming creative ways to assist student behaviors or sharing resources. She fosters kindness, confidence and a sense of self-worth with her students. She handles challenging situations with composure and objectivity.

This spring she collaboratively presented a successful workshop that helped parents learn helpful strategies that would help them integrate Cheetah Pride behavior expectations with children at home. Her flexible, collaborative and caring personality just adds to why she is one of our recipients. Yes, Kristie Fresco-Hawes, you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by Memorial School principal Mindy Wilkie

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2016 Good Apple and Memorial School psychologist Kristie Fresco-Hawes with Memorial School assistant principal Brandy Gadoury (left) and Memorial School principal Mindy Wilkie (right)

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Lauren Zimmitti: First Grade Teacher, Memorial School

This Good Apple has been described as being the perfect candidate to receive a Good Apple award.

She has been with us for over 28 years and has continually supported her colleagues by sharing her time, talents and expertise. She does her job everyday with enthusiasm and always strives for excellence.

Her ability to demonstrate leadership is constant with her involvement with TEAM and her mentoring of new teachers. She also is co-leader of the Math Team and is part of the PBIS committee. Her integrity, conscientious work ethic and caring personality make this Good Apple an outstanding choice to be a recipient of this award. Lauren Zimmitti you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by Memorial School principal Mindy Wilkie

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2016 Good Apple and Memorial School Grade 1 teacher Lauren Zimmitti with Memorial School assistant principal Brandy Gadoury (left) and Memorial School principal Mindy Wilkie (right)

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Karen Taylor: Autism Interventionist, Center School

If you’re fortunate in your life time you will meet that one person who you will look at and say, “I am so lucky to have met this person.” This Good Apple is one of those people. She works with a challenging population of children who often have academic and social needs. She maintains a positive attitude no matter what happens in her day. For example, she might be called to another school because they are shorthanded and you can always count on her to go willingly. Even after a student has left her school, if she is working on a subject that she knows this student would enjoy, she seeks them out to share her information. She will work on anything from paper work, to helping a student or coming up with a new strategy at the drop of a hat. Karen Taylor, you are a good apple. 

-remarks by Center School principal Mary Clark

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2016 Good Apple Award recipient Karen Taylor with Superintendent of Schools Paul K. Smith

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Neal Kirk: Custodian, Center School

Truly experiencing something from another time builds empathy for the people of the past, and makes learning come to life.

This Good Apple has been helping the students at Center School learn this in a much anticipated and fun way year after year. Fourth graders begin the year studying life in the 1830’s. This Good Apple attires himself in period costume and plays the part of a schoolmaster in a one room school house. During the session he maintains a rigorous level of discipline, demanding that students stand to answer questions. Students demonstrate their spelling and vocabulary skills. Each year the students approach this trip to the past with some nervousness - because meeting a 19th century schoolmaster is no laughing matter! However, they leave the schoolhouse with big smiles on their faces, thanks to this school master’s good acting and humor. Yes, Neal Kirk, you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by Center School principal Mary Clark

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2016 Good Apple and Center School head custodian Neal Kirk with Center School principal Mary Clark

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Katrina Aiken: English/Language Teacher, Middle School

This Good Apple is described as a very helpful and encouraging teacher. She is great at organizing things and teaches her students how to organize their work, too. Not only does she have an outstanding and very understandable teaching style, but she uses real life examples to tell you why you may need this information. Always striving to bring all of her students up to their academic level, she runs her classroom with positive interactions and a lot of humor. As one student stated, “There is never a boring day in her classroom. When you walked in, you found a comfortable, academic, and humorous learning environment”. Katrina Aiken, you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by Middle School principal Jason Lehmann

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2016 Good Apple and Middle School English/Language Arts teacher Katrina Aiken with Middle School assistant principal Christopher Sullivan (left) and Middle School principal Jason Lehmann (right)

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Donna Roberts: Bookkeeper, Middle School

This Good Apple greets everyone with a smile, and her warm personality and friendly demeanor helps make the office a welcoming place. Besides being the building bookkeeper, she is a champion cheerleading coach, working on Pantherfest and helping to revive our garden. She greets everyone with a smile. Her warm personality and friendly demeanor helps make the office a welcoming place.

Besides all of the above she is very active with our volleyball program and her efforts with the team stands out as a reflection of herself. Girls from all walks of life come together to have fun, compete and support each other. This program has been a huge success due to her leadership. Donna Roberts, you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by Middle School principal Jason Lehmann

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2016 Good Apple and Middle School Secretary/Bookkeeper Donna Roberts with Middle School assistant principal Christopher Sullivan (left) and Middle School principal Jason Lehmann (right)

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Karen Moore: Social Studies Teacher, High School

It is said that this Good Apple has revolutionized the way her building handles many day-to-day communication tasks. From morning announcements, to determining the whereabouts of students, her contributions have made what were tedious and error-prone activities, easier and more reliable.

Teachers in her building feel the impact of work daily. In past years the system was convoluted and messy. This Good Apple who introduced the new system, the use of Google Docs, has assisted in a program that has grown to handle student appointments for X-block, tracks Chromebook carts, student whereabouts during study halls, and the directed study program.

In short, it serves a mass communication platform for all of us at the High School. She has saved ALL of us tremendous time and hassle in an already-too-busy world. Yes, Karen Moore, you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by High School principal John Fidler

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2016 Good Apple and High School social studies teacher Karen Moore with High School assistant principal Michael Dalton (left) and principal John Fidler (right)

2016 Good Apple Award recipient Joe Holloway: English Teacher, High School

This Good Apple relates to students on a personal and professional level in all of his interactions during the day. Whether it is in the classroom, in his homeroom, on the athletic fields, or just in the hallways, he engages with people in a very real and personal way. During his time in East Hampton, he has been a teacher, mentor, coach and general advisor. He can be found participating in most extracurricular student-teacher activities and brings his same style of active engagement to each of those events. He is a positive contributor to the culture and fabric of the school community. His approachable style is an asset whether he is instructing in the classroom or helping a student to sort through an issue. Joe Holloway, you are a Good Apple!

-remarks by High School principal John Fidler

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2016 Good Apple and High School English teacher Joe Holloway with High School assistant principal Michael Dalton (left) and High School principal John Fidler