Wenatchee School District Educators Receive Awards


WENATCHEE, Wa.- Alicen Gaytely, Betsy Strean, Lindee Akers and Sandy Ward have been named Chelan County Excellence Award winners for Wenatchee School District for 2018. The Award honors extraordinary educators, and are sponsored each year by North Central ESD and school districts in Chelan, Grant, Douglas and Okanogan Counties.

From the Left, Lindee Akers, Sandy Ward, Alicen Gaytley, Betsy Strean provided by Wenatchee School District 

Alicen Gaytley and Betsy Strean are the certificated award winners, who were nominated through the GEM Award process that recognizes staff for going the extra mile. Alicen Gaytley is an Instructional Coach at Mission View Elementary who has been with the district since 2011. “Alicen lead the School Improvement Team in our Supportive  Review,” read Alicen’s nomination by principal Jeff Jaeger. “She did an outstanding job    of sharing with the cabinet how ‘things’ are done at Mission View!  Mission View is on the right track thanks to Alicen . . . A True Gem!”

Betsy Strean teaches social studies, English Language Arts to 7th graders at Pioneer Middle School, and has been with the district since 2004.  “Betsy is a knowledgeable, friendly, hard-working educator, which makes her an ideal colleague to collaborate with,” said teacher Heidi Sherman in her nomination. “Betsy continually provides leadership, structure and vision,” wrote teacher Karissa Harle.

Classified staff winners are Lindee Akers and Sandy Ward.

Human Resources Director Lisa Turner nominated Lindee Akers. “In her role as Executive Secretary to the Superintendent she is the first point of contact for the community and parents,” Turner wrote. “Lindee is the epitome of putting people first. The contributions she makes to keeping the staff, parents and community well provided for supports a more harmonious environment for all students.”

Sandy Ward is secretary for Westside High School. WestSide principal Kory Kalahar nominated Sandy for the award. He praised her ability to engage students, parents, staff and community. “If the key to student engagement is relationship building, then Sandy Ward is the master of this educational best practice,” wrote Kory. “Everyday she is engaging in positive and teachable moments with students.”

The award winners will be honored on at the 2018 Chelan County Excellence Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.




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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.