Two Priest River Lamanna High School employees, Sgt. Chris Davis and staff member Shannon Fraser, have been honored by the West Bonner County School District as its top employees for April.
In order to support and recognize outstanding employees, the district implemented the employee recognition program to honor certified and classified individuals who exemplify its district vision – "strive for greatness," district officials said in a press release.
In addition to public recognition, area businesses have donated awards to the individuals who are recognized. This month’s sponsor is Elkin's Resort. For the month of April, as a part of the employee recognition program, two staff members from Priest River Lamanna High School are being recognized.
Davis, the district's school resource officer, was nominated by two students at PRLHS as classified employee of the month. The student's noted his passion and dedication to the students of PRLHS, naming him the "School Dad," with district officials adding, "Thank You for your dedication to our students Officer Davis."
Davis joined the Priest River Police Department in July 2006, after serving as a reserve police officer for the city of Wilder and, later, a fully certified police officer in Spirit Lake. While in Spirit Lake, he was the school resource officer. He was promoted to sergeant in October 2014. Since coming to the Priest River Police Department, Davis has received training and certifications to be the department's armorer and breath testing specialist. He and his canine partner, Bella, are a POST certified drug detection canine team.
While serving as the SRO, Davis has completed Crisis Intervention Team Training, Idaho POST School Resource Officer Basic Training, School Safety Officer Training, and the NRA National School Shield Program. Sergeant Davis has completed over 2,000 hours of law enforcement, canine, and SRO related training.
Fraser was nominated as April's certified employee of the month by two colleagues who said, "she goes above and beyond for students." They both noted her time donated outside of the work day and the fact that her love for science and the students of PRLHS is infectious.
"Thank you for all your hard work, Ms. Fraser," district officials said in the statement.
Fraser is a science teacher at PRLHS and recently received a $3,000 grant from the Society for Science and the Public. The grant will expand opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students by helping them to develop STEM projects that can then be entered into science research competitions, an entryway to higher education and STEM careers. Fraser said what "truly" brings her joy is when the students "start loving science and exploring what they can do right now in their lives, let alone the future, to make a difference."