Kurkosky, Soupir named Watertown School District’s Employees of the Year  (Audio)

February 23, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A program was held in the Watertown High school lunchroom Wednesday afternoon as the school district named its 2022-23 Classified and Certified Employees of the Year.

The Classified Employee of the Year is Casey Kurkosky, the Head Custodian at Watertown Middle School.

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Danielsen says even though custodians like Casey aren’t in the classroom teaching students, they’re still doing some of the most important work that happens in a school building on any given day…

The Certified employee of the Year is Bobbi Jo Soupir, who’s a Transition Coordinator and Teacher at Garfield. Danielsen talked about the role she plays in teaching and learning…

Danielsen says it’s important to represent these top notch employees with an awards program each year…

There were 11 nominees for Classified Employee of the Year, and nine nominees for Certified Employee of the Year. Each received a plaque.

The Classified Employee of the Year nominees along with Kurkosky were:

Jeanie Berndt (General Education Paraprofessional-Lincoln)

Jennifer Glines (Preschool Paraprofessional-Garfield)

Jean Pike (Preschool/Special Needs Bus Driver-Transporation)

Cindy Schoenfeld (Kitchen Manager-McKinley)

Joan VanMeter (Principal’s Administrative Assistant-High School)

Deb Cox (Kitchen Manager-Jefferson)

Judy Curley (Special Education Paraprofessional-Roosevelt)

Deb Erickson (Kitchen Manager-Mellette)

Emma Doescher (Alternative Education Paraprofessional-Intermediate School)

Sue Hiedeman (Administrative Assistant-Technology Department)


The Certified Employee of the Year nominees along with Soupir were:

Darla Kannas (2nd Grade Teacher-Mellette)

Susie Hooth (Watertown Intermediate School)

Tom Mattingly (Social Studies Teacher-Watertown High School)

Connie Korf (Special Education Teacher-McKinley)

Shana Stone (Nurse-Watertown Middle School)

Jim Wright (Physical Education-Jefferson)

Brenda Ingalls (Music-Lincoln)

Andi Ward (2nd Grade Teacher-Roosevelt)


Congratulations to all and thank you from KWAT News for a job well done!