The RISE Award was created by the UCSE (United Classified School Employees), a coalition of state and national unions including PSE. It recognizes employees who are doing extraordinary and inspirational things in their schools and communities to promote quality education, foster safe and positive learning environments, and ensure student success.
“Carol takes great pride in her work. She provides the cleanest and safest environment for learning and comfort to those working at, attending, and visiting George Elementary,” said Katie Schooler, Vice President of Quincy Chapter.
Carol goes out of her way to recognize and commend students for their perseverance and strength of character. Because of her unwavering support of the students in her school, they trust her, seek her out as a confidant, and feel safe with her. She leads by example, supporting staff and giving students an excellent role model.
On Thanksgiving 2018, she helped provide a place of shelter following the serious bus accident on I-90 near George that involved 56 marching band members from the University of Washington. This March, she was awarded the Red Cross Hometown Hero Award for her actions.
“If you were to ask any member of the George Elementary Community about Carol Leibelt, they will tell you that she is the heart and soul of George Elementary School and someone whom you can count on, unconditionally,” said John Boyd, Chapter President. “Her selfless response to the needs of others during this disaster and in her work as a custodian at George Elementary are clear evidence that she deserves to be recognized.”
A member for 27 years, Carol currently serves as her chapter’s treasurer and is a union advocate who supports and works hard for members. In her district, Carol has been named School Employee of the Year four times and Custodian of the Year twice.
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LIVE from Washington, D.C. during this year’s RISE ceremony.