Anthony Wayne Operation's Department Mission Statement

AW Operations Department is committed to support the continued success of Anthony Wayne Local Schools in providing an excellent education for our students.  To achieve this mission, we will provide modern, attractive, comfortable, clean, sanitary and safe learning facilities, campuses, and athletic facilities; we will be committed to providing excellent customer service, cooperative teamwork, and sound planning; we will hire, retain and continuously train a professional staff; we will be sound stewards of our resources; and we will partner with and support our local communities and facility patrons.

Outstanding Operations Employees

Anthony Wayne Operations Department Names Darlene Frishe an
Outstanding Operations Employee

Darlene Frishe, among other things, is an outstanding AWLS Operations Employee.  Darlene is currently a Custodian at Whitehouse Primary School.  She started at AWLS as a Custodian at the High School in February 2010, and recently transferred to Whitehouse Primary.

Darlene and her husband Steven have raised 2 wonderful children, Mindy (23) and Kyle (26), who both graduated from AWHS. They all enjoyed being involved with the AWLS Future Farmers Association program throughout their children’s education.

Darlene herself had a strong background in agriculture, starting at the age of 8 in her family’s business, Kyle Farms, working there for 30 years! She worked the farm’s soybean, corn and wheat fields; delivered vegetables to local markets; and also warmly recalls starting at 3 in the morning in the greenhouse with her father, working with vegetables and growing flower baskets. Working 6 days a week and 10 or more hours per day on the farm for many years provided her with an exceptional work ethic and teamwork orientation that has been very evident in her work at AWLS.

Laura Myerholtz, Custodial Supervisor, nominated Darlene stating: “We all commit to doing a good job every day; but Darlene is one of those exceptional people who manages to achieve at a very high level in almost every aspect of her duties including excellent attendance, work detail,  teamwork and cooperation, interaction with our customers; and demonstrates sincere caring and friendship towards her coworkers, students, staff and parents every day. Darlene creates a positive, rewarding, and motivating energy around her that elevates us all; she is an easy choice for me to nominate for Operations Outstanding Employee.
When Darlene’s not at work, she loves to be very involved with her family, take walks and bike rides to keep active, and walking her three dogs.

Darlene loves the students and she says people are so wonderful.  She loves the people she works for.

Matt Dick, Director of Operations at AWLS added that “Darlene Frishe is just wonderful to work with, and a blessing for AW students, staff and parents. We have many excellent Custodians to be proud of at AW, but Darlene is a stand out in several ways. She always has a smile and positive thought; her work is thoughtful and purposeful; her attendance, dependability, and dedication are unquestionable. Darlene provides a benchmark for others and myself to strive for, she elevates us all by her example.”

Anthony Wayne Operations Department Names Pam Strayer an
Outstanding Operations Employee


Pam Strayer has worked for the district for over 20 years, beginning as a substitute playground aid.  Her first contracted position was a playground aide at Monclova Primary, then she moved to Whitehouse Primary as a cafeteria aide.  Pam accepted an additional position as a High School Custodian and eventually resigned her cafeteria position.  Pam has been an excellent addition to our High School staff and keeps everything running smoothly each morning.  As the only morning Custodian in the High School, she does everything from cleaning up after student arrival to shoveling snow or helping the building Engineer make a repair.  Pam enjoys the camaraderie and considers her co-workers friends and family.  Pam has been married 37 years to husband Terry and has two children - Stephanie and Jeffery and three wonderful grandchildren - Justin, 12, Ryland, 9 and Lydia, 19 months.  Pam likes to garden and has a seasonal produce stand that keeps her busy during the growing months.  She also loves visiting her grandkids as much as she can.

Laura Myerholtz, Custodial Supervisor, added “Big congratulations” are in order for our outstanding operations employee!  Pam is well respected within the Anthony Wayne Community.  She always stays positive no matter what the situation.  She has proven to be hardworking, determined, and a dedicated individual. She always has a positive attitude and her strengths are found in her motivation, initiative, and excellent organizational skills.”  Pam certainly deserves this recognition and our thanks for a job well done.” 

Matt Dick, Director of Operations, considers Pam to be one of the most dependable and grounded members of our staff.  “Pam is so representative of the best of the AW community.  Her family has deep roots to the area and our schools; and her core values reflect the  no-nonsense, hard working, and resourceful characteristics that come from a farming background.  She does a great job every day, and always finds something to do or somebody to help.”

Anthony Wayne Operations Department Names Jarrid Sparks an Outstanding Operations Employee


Jarrid Sparks, Building Engineer at Fallen Timbers Middle School, has been recognized as one of AWLS Operations Department’s Outstanding Employees of the 2012/2013 school year.  Jarrid was originally hired as a Custodian in 2002, and has been the Building Engineer at Fallen Timbers Middle School since 2007.

Jarrid is a 1998 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School, and a resident of Waterville.  In his spare time he enjoys fishing with his dad.  Jarrid says: “I enjoy coming to work everyday to make my building a safe place for students to learn.  I also enjoy the people I work with and being part of the Anthony Wayne family.”  Jarrid is of course very proud of his mother, Jan Sparks, who teaches Kindergarten at Waterville Primary School.

John Dobson, Maintenance Supervisor, has this to say about Jarrid:  “When Jarrid was first hired as a Custodian, he showed excellent self motivation and a positive attitude. When he was hired into the Fallen Timbers Engineer position he maintained that excellent attitude and worked hard at improving his knowledge and experience in facility operations. Over the past 5 years Jarrid has learned his building and increased his knowledge of mechanical and HVAC systems so he now can effectively operate the complex building systems and automation program at FTMS. Jarrid also always drops what he’s doing to answer radio calls concerning his students, teachers, and staff. He also helps out the Operations department by working special events. I really enjoy working with Jarrid. He is one of our best engineers and a great asset to AWLS. I hope he continues with our District as the Fallen Timbers Engineer.

Matt Dick, Operations Director, appreciates Jarrid’s positive outlook and willingness to tackle any problem.  “We were especially impressed when Jarrid proactively took building Maintenance courses at Owens Community College to prepare himself for the Engineer position before it became available. It gave him the needed background in building electrical systems, HVAC and low pressure boilers. After that, his desire to learn and become proficient in his craft have taken over.  We are fortunate to have him on staff.”

Les Lulfs Named Outstanding Employee of the Quarter for the 2011-2012 school year

Les is the Building Engineer at Monclova primary School.  He is pictured above with Tom Eichenlaub of Nordman Roofing, who awarded Les a $25 gift certificate to recognize his efforts.  Mr. Eichenlaub, a Waterville resident, stated "Nordman Roofing is pleased to be able to participate in a recognition program for the the people who do an outstanding job cleaning and maintaining AW facilities, they really do an excellent job."

Les was nominated by Monclova 2nd grade Teacher Robin Buffy who wrote: “Les is constantly on the move. He keeps the school a clean, healthy and safe place for students, staff and community members.  Whenever and whatever I need, Les is my go-to guy. When he is asked to do something for the classroom he is prompt, has fun with the students when they are in the room and helpful in getting things fixed that are out of his area of expertise. Les isn't just our school engineer, he is part of our team and a friend to many”.  

Les was also nominated by Matt Dick and John Dobson in recognition of his upcoming retirement and the excellent job Les has done at AWLS since 2002; and in particular the efficient and effective way he has served as Building Engineer at Monclova for the past six years.  According to Matt Dick, “Les has been a steady and solid team member since day one at AWLS, and his job as building Engineer at Monclova has been a blessing to our Department.  Les handles day to day problems with ease, and he is adept at recognizing future maintenance needs and issues, which is a great help. We have been fortunate to have Les on duty at Monclova all this time, he will be missed, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

John Dobson added... “Les has always tried hard to accommodated his teachers, administrators, and buildings needs. He is punctual and dependable especially for snow removal around his building. Les has a well rounded mechanical ability which can be hard to find these days. He has demonstrated his ability to always keep learning and growing on the job.  I hope Les enjoys his well deserved retirement.”

Les has been with Anthony Wayne Schools for 10 years.  He has been married to his wife Karen  for 43 years.  Les is an avid coin and gold collector, and is looking forward to visiting as many garage sales as possible to treasure hunt.  He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, spending time with their two dogs, and he probably will have a long honey-do list as they are moving soon (locally).  Les added “Thank you for all the kind words and for 10 great years at Anthony Wayne School, It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with all the GREAT staff members, students and community.”

The Operations Department is pleased to announce Tanasa Hoertz as the Operations Employee of the Quarter  


Tanasa is a Custodian I at AW High School and was nominated by Kevin Chirnside who wrote: “Tanasa holds her job to a high standard and if there is some reason she doesn’t feel it’s been accomplished correctly, she’ll stay until it is.  She has a very tactful way of motivating people which keeps attitudes positive and provides a great work environment”. 


Laura Myerholtz, Custodial Supervisor adds:  “Tanasa gives new meaning to the term ‘service with a smile’. She has a keen eye to detail and does not leave things undone.  She maintains a positive and motivated attitude while working with staff and co-workers.  Tanasa is consistently reliable and always responsive to requests for additional cleaning; she really goes above and beyond her areas of responsibility."

Matt Dick, Director of Operations added that: “Tanasa is one of those rare people who always has a smile, a laugh and a hello to share; she lightens the mood and brightens your day every time.  Oh, and yes, she is an awesome cleaner and always willing to help where ever she can when someone needs a hand. Here's a new word for everyone: "Tanacity"."


Tanasa has been with Anthony Wayne Schools for 8 years.  She has been married to husband David for 26 years and has three children: Whitney, 21 and twins Andrew and Katheryn, 20 all of whom attended Anthony Wayne Schools.  Tanasa enjoys vacationing with her family, and spending time at home with her 3 dogs and 3 cats. Tanasa looks forward to coming to work and adds:  “My Anthony Wayne ‘family’ is a joy to work with.  We work together as a team and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when we complete the tasks at hand.”

‚ÄčIn recognition of her efforts, Nordman Roofing presented Tanasa with a $25 gift certificate.