Congratulations to Michelle Nadeau, Michael Fujii, and Jack Witherspoon for being honored with the HSA last Tuesday night. You are truly deserving!
Honorary Service Award Winners By Chad Mabery
Each year, our PTSA recognizes people who have made significant contribution to the RMS community. This year’s winners were our own Michael Fujii, Michele Nadeau, and Jack Witherspoon. Michele Nadeau was honored for her countless volunteer hours at RMS over the last half decade or so. She is truly selflessly everywhere, all the time. Jack Witherspoon received the Very Special Person award. Although most people know Jack has a published cookbook and has been on several TV shows, he has also contributed over $100,000 to cancer research. He is the pediatric spokesperson for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, to which proceeds of his book sales are donated. Additional donations in his name have been made to Miller’s Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Michael was honored for his unique ability to connect to and make an impact on our kids. Here’s a short clip of the PTSA speech about Michael… He is a member of the school’s Vision and Planning Team, the School Site Council and he facilitates technology workshops for other Richardson teachers. He has been involved in Student Council, iLead, Glee Club, Lunchtime Trivia Competitions, RMS vs. CMMS Games, Noon Leagues, GATE, Teacher vs. Student Games, and School Dances. Fujii has a door that is literally open every day at lunch and snack, just in case they want to stop by or need a place to go. His support of and interest in his students extends beyond campus as well. He has been spotted showing his support at their extra-curricular sporting events and performances, even after they’ve left middle school. He has a keen sense of what matters to kids this age and relates to them in a fun, calm, yet professional manner. He recently created online videos for every lesson he teachers in Algebra and Pre-Algebra…allowing students to learn and review concepts anywhere, anytime, as often as needed… Wow, what an amazing group of honorees!