Wheaton school district recognizes Employees of the Year at picnic

Saturday, May 27, 2017
The Wheaton school district recently recognized three teachers, as its Employees of the Year at its sixth annual picnic. Pictured, from left, are: Kathy Henry, David Bolton and Dana Bartkoski. Contributed photo

The Wheaton school district honored three teachers as Employees of the Year during its annual end-of-the-year picnic. The sixth annual event was held on final day of school for teachers.

This year’s classified employee of the year was Dana Bartkoski, preschool through 12th grade school nurse, who has served the district 16 years. Her nomination stated that she "goes the extra mile in the care that she gives students and has even saved a life.”

The preschool through sixth grade Teacher of the Year chosen was Kathy Henry, second-grade teacher who has been with the district for five years. Henry’s nomination stated that “her passion for education is evident every day,” “she uses her classroom to teach children how to be good people,” and “she has a big heart for kids and school.”

Seventh through 12th grade teacher David Bolton was named District Teacher of the Year. Bolton teaches agriculture education, is the FFA advisor and has taught at Wheaton for eight years. He has had countless successes with students in his program. His nomination stated that he "shows respect for his students and in turn they respect him,” “he teaches with innovation, creativity and a keen knowledge of best practices,” and “he strives to pass on his love for agriculture to students and is supportive of their career choices.” Bolton will represent Wheaton in the statewide Teacher of the Year program next year.