Renton Technical Colleges Announces 2015 Exceptional Employees

  • Published Friday, September 18, 2015

RENTON, Wash. – Renton Technical College (RTC) recognized the 2015 Exceptional Employee award winners at its annual Fall Kick-Off Event earlier this week. Every year, three faculty and three staff members are recognized for their hard work and dedication to the mission of the College and to student success. Award winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a peer-review panel.

The 2015 winners are as follows:

John Newcome, Accounting Faculty Member

John Newcome received this award for his innovative ideas and involvement in the Renton community. Mr. Newcome took a leadership role in establishing RTC as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. This effort gives RTC students real and practical tax preparation experience. This year, Mr. Newcome and his accounting students served more than 100 clients, which included filing 80 electronic returns. His ongoing leadership and involvement with the VITA program benefits both his students and our community. It has also earned national recognition for the College.

Lynn-Dee Spencer, Pharmacy Technician Faculty Member

Lynn-Dee Spencer received this award because of her commitment to student success and her notable curriculum improvements in the pharmacy technician program. Ms. Spencer inspires students to be their best in the classroom and in life. Her innovative approach to teaching includes training pharmacy technician students to use electronic health records systems in the workplace.

Michele Lesmeister, Adult Basic Education Faculty Member

Michele Lesmeister received the award based on her commitment to student success and notable curriculum improvement. Michele is an exceptional faculty member and a true asset to RTC and the ABE program. She pioneered Reading Apprenticeship at RTC and is nationally recognized for her work with WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship framework. In March 2015, Michele led the organization of the first statewide Reading Apprenticeship conference which was held at RTC. At the conference, WestEd awarded Michele the first ever “Force of Nature” award for her contributions to the Reading Apprenticeship framework.

Nona May, Food Services Cashier

Nona May received the award based on her outstanding customer service, improving morale, and being an inspiration to others. Nona’s level of customer service is beyond exceptional. She makes students, faculty and staff who visit campus dining services feel important and appreciated. She has a positive and hard-working attitude that inspires others.

Laurie Robertson, Technical Support Analyst

Laurie Robertson received the award based on her innovative approach to problem solving, her positive attitude and flexibility, and her willingness to go above and beyond in order to deliver exceptional customer service. Laurie’s customer service and attention to detail have provided many departments across campus with a smooth and seamless transition – whether it be an office move, or the installation of new technology.

Keshini Simmons, Graphic Designer

Keshini Simmons is Renton Technical College’s graphic designer and a member of the Communications and Marketing department. She received this award based on her outstanding customer service, her willingness to go above and beyond job duties, and the positive energy she brings to the workplace. What makes Keshini unique and exceptional is her attitude and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Each Exceptional Employee Award recipients received a framed certificate of appreciation, flower bouquet, and a $500 gift from the RTC Foundation. The event was co-sponsored by the RTC Foundation and TIAA-CREF.

2015 Exceptional Employees