Lakeport Unified School District (LUSD) celebrated its annual Welcome Back Breakfast on August 12. About 180 staff members were in attendance, including teachers, custodians, transportation and kitchen staff, LUSD School Board members and representatives of the Lake County Office of Education.
The opening address was given by Erin Smith-Hagberg, District Superintendent, who encouraged staff to “never underestimate the influence you have on students.” A video presentation welcomed back staff and highlighted LUSD student success stories. One recent graduate became a Washington State Trooper, another became a recording engineer, and one went on to become a dance teacher. In addition, one graduate is now a doctor and another is now a nurse. Special attention was given to one graduate who is currently a teacher at Lakeport Elementary School.
Recognition was given to the Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year for the 2015/16 school year. Jill Falconer, principal of Terrace Middle School, acknowledged Elisa Prather as the Lakeport Teacher of the Year and the Lake County Teacher of the Year. Marty Wilkes, principal of Clear Lake High School, recognized Tracy Colombi as the Classified Employee of the Year. Many employees came dressed in their school colors and a few were awarded with the spirit award.
Brock Falkenberg, County Superintendent of Schools, said, “This event truly highlights the superb work of LUSD staff. The stories of student success highlighted today are impactful and show that LUSD graduates are becoming successful members of their communities. Most of our districts have a welcome back celebration for staff each year. It’s always great to start the school year off by recognizing our achievements.”
The majority of schools in Lake County are now in session. Schools in the Kelseyville Unified School District will begin on Tuesday, September 8. For more information about Lakeport Unified School District call 707-262-3000.