2016 Crystal Apple Winners

Morrow County School District is proud to announce our Crystal Apple Award winners for 2016: Barbara Phillips, Brenda Thomas, Jody Marston and Pat King! The winners were recognized in a ceremony in Pendleton. Please join us in congratulating these great Morrow County School District employees!


Pat King is a Special Education Teacher at Riverside Jr/Sr High School and has worked in the MCSD for 25 years. She is committed to helping students succeed by diligently meeting their individual needs and ensuring they are moving forward to reach their highest potential. Pat works with students to earn their diplomas, and several of her students have advanced to college or trade school or are working in community businesses. She makes sure her students “leave this school as ready as possible for the future with as much life skills and academic knowledge as possible.”


Brenda Kittelson has worked in the district for 11 years and currently teaches 1st Grade at A.C. Houghton Elementary. Her excellent classroom management and compassion for all children help students respond to her high bar for academic success, good citizenship and responsible learning. Students with academic or behavioral challenges are always welcome in her classroom, as she is adept at offering them guidance and support. Brenda has also mentored many teachers and is an effective grade-level team leader, always embracing challenges with a “can-do” attitude.


Jody Marston is the Registrar for Riverside Jr/Sr High School and has worked in the district for 23 years. Throughout that time, she has worked in several buildings, always playing an important role in keeping operations running smoothly. In her current position, Jody manages student enrollment and transcripts with quiet efficiency, even during stressful times. She is the “go-to” person and always available to help staff.


Barbara Phillips is the head secretary at Irrigon Elementary and has worked for the MCSD for seven years. She is a positive first point of contact for students and families, greeting and interacting with people in the most professional, yet personable way possible.  Barbara is compassionate when assisting health-challenged students who visit the office several times a day and is supportive of students who require a break.  She dedicates herself to many community and district clubs and organizations, putting in hours “above and beyond in both effort, time and mostly in heart.”