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Cle Elum-Roslyn parapro is our 2020 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year

Karla Hill Karla Hill, who has been an ongoing support in the life of Cle Elum-Roslyn High School for more than two decades through her position as a special education paraprofessional, has been selected as the Educational Service District 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year for 2020.

The award recognizes the roles of the various school staff members outside of those hired as teachers or administrators who contribute to the operations of K-12 school operations in classified employee fields.  Candidates for the regional award are reviewed for the excellence of their involvement in helping improve student achievement, their leadership and collaboration, and their overall outstanding work performance for their school community. 

The award was publicly announced by ESD 105 superintendent Kevin Chase during an online Zoom meeting of the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District's staff on March 30.  This is the first time since the ESD 105 regional-level recognition for classified employees was first presented in 2010 that the award has gone to someone working at a school in Kittitas County. 

Karla Hill began working 23 years ago as a special education paraprofessional with the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District.  

Among the innovations she known for is the espresso service she oversees and helped start at the school.  Through the espresso program, students go through the process of acquiring their food handlers permit by studying an online curriculum as a group, and eventually gain hands-on learning about aspects of business from sales to customer service to keeping track of inventory.  This program regularly paces students through all aspects of running an espresso operation, and several of the students in the program have later obtained jobs in the food service field.

Prior to the current espresso service, Hill had created a catering program that taught students how to create menus, cook meals, and deliver them to staff on a weekly basis.

Last fall, during the absence of a permanent special education teacher at the district during the start of the current school year, Hill also facilitated a system of student folders to assist school staff in supporting the accountability and success of special education students in their general education classes.  This system has helped contribute to a decline in missing assignments this year, as well as a progressive improvement in student grades.    

Hill will serve as one of the nine candidates from throughout the state's nine ESD regions for the 2020 Washington State Classified Employee of the Year title, which will be announced later this year.

She was one of five candidates for this year's ESD 105 regional award.  Other nominees for this year's local award were Toppenish’s Kirkwood Elementary School special education paraprofessional Leonel Lustre, Yakima’s Washington Middle School custodian Cesar Martinez, Ellensburg’s Morgan Middle School paraprofessional Ammy Snow, and Selah School District payroll/benefits specialist Tina Fleming.