This month the Weber School District was given the opportunity to recognize Mrs. Melanie Bateman and Mr. Jason Tuveson during our monthly school board meeting. Mrs. Bateman was nominated for the Extra Mile Award by Principal Scott Zellmer of Kanesville Elementary, and Mr. Tuveson was nominated for the Extra Mile Award by Mrs. Joanne Hobbs, former principal of North Park School (now Uintah Elementary).
Mr. Jason Tuveson is North Park Elementary’s Head Custodian. Mrs. Hobbs states, “When you walk down the shiny new halls at North Park Elementary, or gaze at the morning sunrise in the new bank of east-facing windows, it is Jason Tuveson, the school’s custodian that can be thanked for enjoying this tidy, clean facility.” She goes on to say, “Jason welcomes each new day with positivity and cheerfulness that is easily caught. He makes himself available to all staff members as custodial needs arise. Jason is known to assist struggling students who need a break, inviting them to assist him in sweeping up a mess, or erasing scuff marks off the tile. In addition, he has been a mentor utilized by Canyon View for students that shadow him in their ‘Life’ program.” Jason exemplifies “North Park Tiger Pride” in all that he does. The North Park students are blessed to have such a dedicated ally in Mr. Tuveson.
When describing Mrs. Melanie Bateman, Kanesville Principal Scott Zellmer states that she is the “heart and soul” of this great school. Melanie has been the Head Secretary at Kanesville since 1994. Mr. Zellmer admires Melanie’s ability to handle any obstacle with a smile. When recently faced with the daunting task of learning new financial software, Melanie gladly took on the challenge without complaint. The staff at Kanesville rely on her organizational skills, efficiency, and emotional support. Perhaps most importantly, the students know that they can come to Mrs. Bateman if they are in need of a little TLC. Melanie once told Mr. Zellmer that if a child thinks they need a Band-Aid, we give it to them, regardless of the need. She stated, “Sometimes a Band-Aid is more about showing you care than about covering a scrape.”
Congratulations to these two deserving award winners. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to recognize your unique gifts and talents. We express our gratitude for your dedication and enthusiasm!