CARE Award – January, February, and March 2016

Canby Kiwanis and the Canby Business Community are pleased to announce the following Canby Area Recognition of Excellence (C.A.R.E.) award recipients:

RANDEE ONION, 3rd grade teacher at Carus Elementary, has been named the January educator of the month. Randee was nominated for her teaching passion and her tireless devotion to impart a love of learning to her students.

CARLOS ORDAZ CRUZ, 2nd grade teacher at Trost Elementary, has been named the February educator of the month. Carlos is a visiting teacher from Mexico and was nominated for the way in which he helps students feel confident. He strives for excellence in his teaching and is approachable.

R.E.A.C.H. (Resources, Education, and Community Help) Center staff members: EVELIA JUAREZ, VERONICA MARTINEZ, MAGGIE ROSARIO, and BRENDA SPLITSTOSER have been named the March educators of the month. These four staff members were nominated because they provide a critical role in supporting the district's economically disadvantaged and Hispanic students. They spend hours communicating with students and parents to assist these families in navigating the school system and also connecting them with community services as needed. In addition, they provide translation and interpreting services critical to communicating with students and their families.

For their recognition, the recipients received a plaque courtesy of Canby Kiwanis and were able to select from a variety of contributions from local businesses. These include The Wild Hare, The Place to Be Café, Cutsforth Thriftway, Rice Time, Back Stop Bar & Grill, Pudding River Chocolates, Canby Telcom, Columbia Bank, Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Ultimate Team Spirit.

If you know a staff member you feel positively impacts the lives of students in Canby School District, please take the time to nominate them! Nomination forms are available online through the Canby School District website ( or the Canby Kiwanis ( website. For more information, please call 503-266-0004.

Pictured in photos above:

1) Randee Onion, Carlos Ordaz Cruz, Superintendent Trip Goodall

2) Veronica Martinez, Evelia Juarez, Brenda Splitstoser, Maggie Rosario, Superintendent Trip Goodall