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Simkins, Zugzda receive September MVP award

Simkins, Zugzda receive September MVP award

Congratulations to the first recipients of the Most Valuable Patriot (MVP) award! Athletic trainer Rachel Simkins and second grade aide Heather Zugzda are the recipients of the MVP award for September.

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Rachel Simkins, athletic trainer

Simkins serves as the district's athletic trainer and treats injuries or ongoing medical needs of students with sports injuries. She has a lot of energy for her students and they love visiting with her. 

She said the best part about her job is the bond that she gets to have with the student-athletes, parents, and coaches. "It doesn't feel like work," she said. Simkins works at every B-P home game and travels with the varsity football team.

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Heather Zugzda, teacher aide

Zugzda is known as Mrs. Z to her students. She works one-on-one with her students and she has gained special bonds with many of the children. The second grade teachers feel lucky to have her as part of the team.

Zugzda is an aide in the second grade classroom and works closely with students to support them and their needs.

According to Zugzda, "I am here to make these years for our students the best years of their lives." 

Each month, two district employees are recognized through Broadalbin-Perth's MVP program. Each winner receives a B-P Yeti mug. Nominations can come from any member of the school community and all nominations should be submitted online. The deadline to nominate a B-P employee for the October MVP award is Thursday, Oct. 12. 



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