This month the Weber School District was given the opportunity to recognize Mrs. Karen Harsha and Mr. Gerald Bischoff during our monthly school board meeting. Mrs. Harsha was nominated for the Extra Mile Award by Principal Mike Geilmann of West Weber Elementary, and Mr. Bischoff was nominated for the Super Sub Award by Prinicpal Mike Skeen of Pioneer Elementary.
Karen Harsha has worn many hats during her years of service at West Weber Elementary. Working as West Weber's PTA president, Karen was instrumental in getting a new playground installed. She raised thousands of dollars to fund the project, and she and her family volunteered countless hours working to finish the project. Karen was later hired as the media specialist at West Weber. It was in this role that she made a point to get to know each student individually. She took this position prior to our current technology, and Karen spent many nights well past her contracted hours organizing books via non-automated procedures to ensure that she was well prepared to provide her students with a meaningful library experience the next day. Over the years, Karen's roles evolved and progressed to office aide, testing aide, and finally, she was handpicked by the Director of Elementary Education to fill in as a long term substitute for Uintah Elementary's head secretary. Despite the staff and faculty at Uintah wanting her to stay and continue in that capacity, she returned to West Weber to serve in her home community. This has been Karen's first year as the head secretary at West Weber Elementary. Mr. Geilmann describes her as "the epitome of the 'heartbeat' of the school. Virtually everything revolves around her disposition and secretarial skills." Mr. Geilmann wishes to express his sincere gratitude to Mrs. Harsha for taking the head secretary job at West Weber. Without a doubt, her service in this capacity has greatly enriched the West Weber community.
It is not uncommon to hear groans of dismay when students learn that they will be having a substitute teacher in their classes. Not so when they learn that their substitute is Mr. Gerald Bischoff! "Mr. B" has been working as a substitute teacher in the Weber District for over 20 years. He is a good-natured gentleman who employs a caring disposition and gentle teasing to disarm even the most stubborn child. Mrs. Mueller reports that many crying children have been told that he will "take them down to the cooks and make a leg sandwich" and "replace their hurt leg with a bionic one so they can run faster and jump higher." In no time, cries are replaced by giggles. Popular with both staff and students, he has given the "Mr. B" citizenship award at the end of the year to two students in each 6th grade class. Mr. Bischoff has taught in all but four of the schools in the district. He is comfortable walking into any classroom and taking over any situation. Mrs. Mueller states "We love having Gerald as a sub at Pioneer. Gerald is a wonderful substitute. He is a delight to work with and has a true love for the children of Weber School District."
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!