Woodland High School Career and Guidance Specialist selected as ESD 112's 2017 Regional Classified Employee of the Year

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Educational Service District 112 selected Woodland High School's Career and College Guidance Specialist, Mary Ann Sturdivan, as the 2017 Regional Classified Employee of the Year.

Principal John Shoup recognized and announced Sturdivan's award to the entire school's staff and students during a Spirit Assembly on Thursday, March 23, 2017. "Mary Ann was hired after an exhaustive search for an individual who was organized, visionary, and worked well with adults and students alike," said Shoup. "She has far exceeded our expectations, and I am honored to have supported her candidacy for employee of the year."

ESD 112 selected Mary Ann Sturdivan as the 2017 Regional Classified Employee of the Year
ESD 112 selected Mary Ann Sturdivan as the 2017 Regional Classified Employee of the Year

Sturdivan ensures students stay on track for completing their culminating project, necessary for graduation from high school. The culminating project requires seniors to present in front of judging panels made up of volunteer community members, all of which Sturdivan organizes and coordinates. "Mary Ann is amazing to watch with all the moving parts of these presentations which have gone very smoothly for each of the last four years," said Shoup. "During her tenure, there has never been a student who failed to graduate as a result of missing the mark on their culminating project – a significant statistic."

Sturdivan also researched and organized the school's Food and Clothing Pantry, a free service which provides food items and clothing to students in need. "Watching the pantry service grow has been simply amazing to watch," said Shoup. "It is because of Mary Ann's vision and her deep caring for the well-being of our students that this service is now a reality." In addition, Sturdivan organizes the formal dress depository which allows girls who cannot afford a dress to select a formal dress for free, enabling them to attend the school's TOLO dance in formal attire.

The students and staff recognized Mary Ann Sturdivan's award during a Spirit Assembly on Thursday, March 23, 2017
The students and staff recognized Mary Ann Sturdivan's award during a Spirit Assembly on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sturdivan's formal job responsibilities involve her working with students to help with their career and college preparation, working closely with teachers and administration to ensure deadlines are met, students are well-informed, and to also work with guest speakers to present to the students throughout the school year. "Many people could probably accomplish these tasks, but what sets Mary Ann apart from her peers is her 'can-do' attitude which motivates so many others to join her team," explained Shoup. "Students, staff, parents, and the community love working with Mary Ann because she exhibits a caring and loving attitude with everyone, and her light shines so brightly that you can clearly see her vision and want to be a member of her team."

Sturdivan will now be eligible to be selected as the Washington State Classified Employee of the Year by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction along with eight other award winners from the state’s Educational Service District regions.