New Master Teachers Inducted in 2018
The Graland Master Teacher program recognizes faculty and staff who have devoted 20 or more years to the school. This year, we inducted two members into the program who were hired in the 1997-98 school year: Kevin Isaac, maintenance technician, and Lisa Schreiner, Grade 1 teacher.
Lisa and Kevin both expressed that they felt welcome at Graland from the moment they arrived 20 years ago. Kevin says, “People who didn’t know me stopped to say, ‘We’re excited you’re here.’” He came to Graland from the facilities department at Kent Denver, and says it was a big change moving to a smaller campus.
Lisa remembers, “On my first day the art show was up and it was amazingly beautiful on campus. There was such great energy and happy, smiling, laughing students and happy teachers. I knew that I wanted to be part of this.”
Twenty years with one employer is a long time, but Kevin and Lisa say they stayed because the people at Graland are like family. “My reward is to see the events go well and watch the teachers and kids get the spotlight,” Kevin says. “This is such a good place overall because of the commitment to bring and keep good people.”
Lisa agrees. “It’s a place where I’m accepted for who I am, where I’m encouraged to grow and where it’s OK to make a few mistakes along the way. I feel fortunate to teach young children, which is my passion, and also to give back to my profession through the residency program. We need dedicated young people who believe that our children can change the world.”
Congratulations to Master Teacher Kevin Isaac and Master Teacher Lisa Schreiner!