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Congratulations to Casey Nelson, head custodian at Hayes Elementary School, who earned the Fridley Public Schools November Employee of the Month Award! He has been working for Fridley Public Schools since 2014.
Casey’s strong work ethic and positive attitude has always been apparent. According to Hayes Principal John Piotraschke, Casey worked tirelessly over the summer to make the school a welcoming building for staff and students when they returned to school.
“His work ethic shined in all he did; from the shining floors, to the clean sinks, to setting the rooms back up in order,” Piotraschke said. “At the start of the school year, no task was too small or too big for Casey to finish and his efforts to create a nurturing environment for our kids, staff, and families is evident in every corner of the school.”
Karin Beckstrand, a music teacher and instructional leader at Hayes, nominated Casey for the award. Beckstrand said he was a standout employee over the summer. “As the summer learning academy was going on, Casey was still present and available and also recognized the needs of the students being served,” she said.
Beckstrand added that Casey’s smile never wavered from his face and his relationships with those who were present in the summer were superb. “He is very deserving of this award,” she said.
Jill Klym, Spanish language teacher at Hayes, also nominated Casey. “Casey is always willing and able to help solve problems in the building,” Klym said. “His work ethic is amazing.”
Casey’s supervisor, Director of Buildings and Grounds Jason Bichler, said he is a valuable asset to the custodial team.
“He puts his best effort into doing whatever needs to be done,” Bichler said. “He approaches every day at work with a great attitude and is willing to go above and beyond to make sure that the task at hand gets accomplished correctly.”
“His commitment to the staff and students at Hayes Elementary is simply commendable,” said Piotraschke. “He is very deserving of the honor of Employee of the Month.”
Congratulations Casey, and thank you for all that you do!