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Gems of Appreciation

September Gem of Appreciation

Bertram Elementary is proud to recognize Grace Hillestad as our newest Gem of Appreciation recipient. Grace is a constant source of positivity for both students and staff. Grace leads through kindness and compassion. She greets each student with a hug, offers her assistance to others in a pinch, and really makes an effort to show love in interactions with students and staff. Grace
embodies spirit, pride, and honor and encourages students and staff to do
the same!
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March Gem Of Appreciation

Bertram Elementary is proud to announce our March Gem of Appreciation, Silvie Deluna.

Silvie works with students in the FOCUS program. She shows incredible heart to all her students and has built great relationships with both students and staff. Around the school, Silvie never hesitates to help in anyway that she can to support others and is always willing to jump in and lend a hand. She is admired by others for her heart and dedication. Silvie is a true gem. Congratulations Silvie!
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January Gem of Appreciation

Bertram Elementary is proud to announce our January Gem of Appreciation, Mrs. Kathryn Cox.

Kathryn shows incredible initiative and dedication to not only her 4thgrade students, but to her team and our campus. Kathryn always goes above and beyond to support her students and fellow teachers. She is caring, compassionate, and an incredible educator! She is always willing to jump in and help! She is admired by her team for her hard work and her dedication that she pours into being a teacher, co-worker, and friend.

Congratulations, Kathryn Cox!
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November Gem of Appreciation

Bertram Elementary is proud to announce our November Gem of Appreciation, Ms. Edith Hernandez. Ms. Edith Hernandez is an Instructional Partner that works in our Life Skills classroom. Ms. Edith puts a huge amount of love and work into everything she does at Bertram! She shows incredible heart and the students know that she cares about them and wants them to succeed. She has a tremendous work ethic and is always willing to go the extra mile for her students. Congratulations Edith Hernandez! We are so proud of you!
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September Gem of Appreciation

Bertram Elementary is proud to announce our September Gem of Appreciation, Mrs. Megan Garner!

Mrs. Garner has been the perfect addition to our BES team. She has shown incredible initiative and dedication to not only her students, and team, but to our whole campus. She has been instrumental in helping get the Bulldog Club off to a great start at BES!

Other have shared that "It feels like Mrs. Garner has been part of the BES family for a long time. She collaborates with her team, shares her thoughts, and always goes above and beyond. She is caring and consistent with all her students." Mrs. Garner is a fantastic asset to Bertram Elementary!

Congratulations, Megan Garner
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March Gem Of Appreciation

Bertram Elementary is super excited to announce KIM SHIPP, 3rd grade Science/Social Studies/PLTW teacher, as our Gem of Appreciation for the month of March. Kim serves as 3rd grade representative on our AVID Site Team Committee where she assists in establishing goals, collecting data, leading in professional development and promoting family and community partnerships. Some of you may not know that Bertram Elementary was selected to host an AVID Showcase on March 5th where visitors from all over the state of Texas came to visit our AVIDly amazing campus. Kim Shipp played an integral role as she worked countless hours to plan and prepare for this momentous occasion. Kim shared her many talents to help decorate our AVID Showcase room as well as other locations around the campus. Teachers and staff members praise Kim for her never-ending willingness to help others. One teacher shared that Kim selflessly volunteered her time beyond the school day hours to help her with planning, preparing her new classroom and showing her the necessities for daily survival. Kim is known for her acts of kindness and her positive AVID-tude! Bertram Elementary is blessed to have Kim on our team and in our family!

Please join us as we give a great big AVID Hip-Hip-Hooray SHOUT OUT to KIM SHIPP! J
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January Gem of Appreciation

What a perfect time to recognize our Gem of Appreciation recipient as it is National Counselors Appreciation Week! Our Counselor, April Woodburn, is new to Bertram Elementary this year and we could not be any happier or feel more blessed! We love that April gets excited about all the fun stuff we were already doing here and that she has brought so many new, wonderful ideas with her. She is not afraid to try new shenanigans or be silly for the kids. She is very positive about everything and has a student first attitude. Just to name a few of the things she has done, besides providing counseling services, April has organized events such as Career Day, Green Ribbon Week, Shoe Angels (shoes for students in need), Pennies for Patients and currently the 28 Days of Kindness campaign. This week, April is leading our campus in the “Start with Hello” program in an effort to positively impact the lives of our students. April has had a tremendous impact on our students, staff, parents and community.

Please help us give a great big SHOUT OUT to our amazing Bertram Elementary Counselor, April Woodburn!!!
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Gem Of Appreciation

Please join us in congratulating our Bertram Elementary Gem of Appreciation, Susie Guzman! Ms. Guzman is in a new role this year as our Librarian. She has done an outstanding job and students look forward to going to Library every day! When asked to share about Ms. Guzman, below are a few things that staff and students had to say:


o Good Librarian, enforces the rules, makes reading fun. – Aidan Bell

o Respectful, takes good care of the books; I look forward to Library time. – Bruce Gonzales

o Respectful to kids, always shows us how to do the right thing. James Luke

o Cares about us; Library is fun with her because she gives chances to grow and correct our mistakes. – Brianna Spencer

o Nice, respectful, friendly and doesn’t get mad. She lets us watch movies, like Rio. – Miguel Ramirez

o Nice, makes Library fun, helps me find books to read. – Mark Anthony

o Makes reading fun because she lets us read and sometimes draw. – Josvanny Ramirez


o She is always cheerful and upbeat. There is nothing she won't do to help. – Sarah Allen

o Always willing to work with anyone in any situation. – Carolyn Pfau

o Team player! – Mary Allen

o I consider Susie and I a team in the Library! She throws herself into everything I'm trying to accomplish with the kids. She goes above and beyond in so many ways - always asking how she can support me, providing back up when I need it, helping to cover teachers when needed and she is a truly amazing Librarian! The kids LOVE her! She works hard to have fun and engaging activities for the kids in the Library. All the kids look forward to their Library day! I love working with her; we make a great team! – April Woodburn, Counselor
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