Adele Strashnick receives an enthusiastic response as she accepts her award.

Strashnick Honored with Dominick Marabella Award

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Thursday September 04, 2014

When she entered the district’s annual convocation ceremony, Adele Strashnick had no idea that she would be this year’s recipient of the Dominick Marabella Support Staff Award. Strashnick is starting her thirteenth year working for the district— and while her title is administrative assistant to the guidance department at FH Tuttle Middle School, she is known for her dedication and going above and beyond the typical duties of the role.

The award, given annually, honors a district employee who mirrors Dominick Marabella’s love for students, his outstanding work ethic, and dedication to peers and community. Marabella, currently a beloved educator at the high school, has worked in the South Burlington School District for over 50 years in widely varied roles, serving as teacher and counselor, and as assistant principal and principal in the early years of the middle school.
At the August 20 convocation, Marabella presented Strashnick with an engraved plaque.
Superintendent David Young lauded Strashnick for “exemplifying three core values: selflessness, positivity, and passion. “ In his remarks, Young continued:

“Adele has worked for the middle school for over 12 years in several capacities. She embodies all of the qualities that Dominick is so well known for, and she serves as an exemplar for the whole community. She acts selflessly at all times and works hard to support all of our students, their families, and our faculty and staff with anything and everything. She remains positive at all times throughout the year, whether she is working on attendance or scheduling, and she greets everyone with a smile. Finally, Adele is passionate about everything she does. She works tirelessly and does not rest until the final product is exemplary.”

In addition to her job at the middle school, Strashnick also works as a graphic designer. For more than 15 years her artistic design work has graced the pages of The Other Paper, where she is highly regarded as a key member of The Other Paper family for her trademark dedication, positive attitude and unwavering work ethic.

Strashnick has leveraged her impressive design skills to the benefit of the superintendent and district, especially in terms of developing budget overview documents and other projects. FH Tuttle Middle School Assistant Principal Paul Yoon said, “She has helped compile annual budget information and has done incredible work at the school.”

Strashnick was humbled by the award, and is quick to point out that many are deserving of such an honor. “Receiving the Dominick Marabella Support Staff Award is a wonderful honor. Thank you to the SBSD community for electing me this year, as there are so many in our district who deserve this award. I enjoy working with the students, teachers and administrators at FHTMS as well as everyone in the district offices. Also, I am very fortunate to work in my fields of education and art at The Other Paper. Thank you to all for this honor,”she said.

SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent