Sara Olson

Position: Technology Assistant School: Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools

School District: Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools

City, State: Elgin, Minnesota

About the Nominee: Sara Olson was nominated by her principal, Clark Olstad.

Ms. Olson is a Technology Assistant who is a very special, caring, hard-working individual. She is dedicated to making sure that technology always works effectively for staff and students in order to enrich the curriculum and improve student learning. Principal Olstad says this is the first time he has nominated a staff member that wasn't a teacher for an award, which demonstrates how important Ms. Olson is to the district. As technology continues to play more of a role in the district so does Ms. Olson and her ability to keep technology working properly while simultaneously maintaining a friendly and professional relationship with students and staff. Many school personnel have commented that Ms. Olson is the most important worker at PEMCS. Her dedication to helping children use technology means she has a great impact on students.

Ms. Olson has always been a very positive, energetic and bubbly individual to be around. Her energy and attitude are contagious and contribute to a great atmosphere. Ms. Olson is known as a “Giver,” meaning that she wants to help other people be happy and successful at all times. In the 2015-2016 school year, she experienced many extremely difficult personal challenges, including having multiple family members pass away. This is another example of the type of strength and character Ms. Olson possesses ,as she continued to maintain her passionate and caring personality towards everyone despite the loss she experienced. She is the type of person who makes anyone in her presence immediately feel better and instantly happy!

One of Ms. Olson’s famous quotes is, "Be Sure To Hug Those You Love Because You Can!" Principal Olstad states that he’s never been a person to hug other people, but has started hugging both of his grown-up daughters every time he sees them because Ms. Olson told him to do so. She is a LifeChanger in many ways within her school and the entire community. Ms. Olson is a one of a kind person with a gigantic heart and an infectious, positive personality!

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