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Operations Employee of the Year Award

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CPS Operations Employee of the Year

The Operations Employee of the Year Award was created to recognize district employees, who excel in their service to the teachers and students at Columbus Public Schools, for the contributions that they make to the betterment of the quality and the advancement of CPS. Nominations for the Operations Employee of the Year are accepted from CPS staff, students, school supporting organizations, and the general public. The recipient receives a $500 award, sponsored by Bob Markham (CHS Class of 1976) and his wife, Chris. The recipient is featured on the Wall of Fame in the Administration Building and recognized in local publications. If you would like to fund a recognition award please contact the Foundation Office for further information.

To nominate an employee for Educator of the Year 2016 please fill out one of the following forms and return to the Foundation office (P.O Box 947 Columbus, NE 68602-0947) in a sealed envelope by March 7th. 

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Operations Employee of the Year 2016 nomination form.
Empleado del año 2016 formulario de nominacion.

2015 Operations Employee of the Year

Doug Zoucha

Doug Zoucha, aDoug_zoucha Columbus Public Schools district wide technologist was selected by his peers to be awarded the 2015 Operations Employee of the Year. This award was created to recognize district employees, who excel in their service to the teachers and students at Columbus Public Schools, for the contributions that they make to the betterment of the quality and the advancement of CPS. The award was given to Doug at the CPS Employee Recognition Banquet on May 1. Zoucha received an engraved clock from the Columbus Public Schools Foundation and a $500 cash prize, sponsored by Bob Markham (CHS Class of 1976) and his wife, Chris. He will also be featured on the CPS Wall of Fame in the district administration building.

Doug received nine nominations for OEY this year. Some of the nominations read. “Smiling and happy…. that’s how one could describe him.” “He is always willing to help with whatever tech thing you may have with no complaints. He is always friendly and has a smile on his face.” “Most of all I appreciate his humble attitude.” “I really appreciate that he is available to me, as a classroom teacher, to help keep my classroom running smoothly.” “It is so great to have a wonderful team member like him on my side.”

Doug has been an employee of the CPS since May of 2006. Technology is constantly changing and is playing a huge part in everyday teaching lessons. Technology is truly great, but can be very frustrating at times. With the increasing use of technology it takes a person like Doug to make sure district equipment runs smoothly in all classrooms. With this being said Doug’s day is committed to resolving technical problems, while trying to reduce downtime of equipment for teachers and instructional personnel.

When asked of Zoucha what was most rewarding about his job he responded, “To see the satisfaction and relief of the persons I just helped. Also, giving them the knowledge and encouragement of how to side step or eliminate the problem form occurring again.”

After receiving the award Zoucha expressed, “I am very humbled to have won. There are many employees on a daily basis that are deserving of this award, and I am proud to work with them as well.”

Click here to read about previous Operations Employee of the Year recipients. 

Sponsored by: Bob and Chris Markham Class of 1976

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CPS WALL OF FAME FOUND IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING