STPPS recognized its four Support Employees and Substitute Employee of the Year during the April 13 School Board Meeting at the Robert C. Brooks Jr. Educational Complex in Slidell.
The employees along with the three Students of the Years were honored at a reception prior to the start of the Board Meeting. They were presented with their awards in front of their families and friends at the Board Meeting.
The 2016-2017 Support Employees of the Year are John Cannon (Educational Center), Connie Heck (Fifth Ward Junior High), Jennifer Crawford (Lakeshore High) and Joanie Enxing (Bayou Woods Elementary). William Donaldson (Fontainebleau High) is the 2016-2017 Substitute Teacher of the Year.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
William Donaldson, Fontainebleau High
William, at 82 years young, has missed only one day of the 2016-2017 school year at Fontainebleau High School. That day, FHS didnít need a substitute. A beloved fixture on the FHS campus, he stepped in at the beginning of the school year for the Ag Science teacher. He is a living example of his five principles: no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, get eight hours of sleep, and the discipline to do the first four. His life lessons go beyond the classroom. During the football season, he offered the players words of encouragement and sage advice before every Friday football game.
SUPPORT EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR
John Cannon, Computer AV Tech
John is the Computer AV /Warehouse person at the Educational Center in Covington. He was the first computer tech in the district, starting with Title I almost 30 years ago working with the Apple IIe computers and then the Macintosh CPU's in the Title I labs. He is also responsible for the Warehouse at the Educational Center. John's additional responsibilities, which he has taken upon himself, include the flags at the Ed Center, the entire Title I inventory at all of our Title I schools and former Title I schools, receiving, tagging distributing and collecting new and used Title I equipment from the schools and maintaining and upgrading the Filemaker network programs at the building. In addition, he set up over 15 My Reading Coach networks at the Title I school sites and troubleshoots and trains the tutors on the program's use for our student in need.
Connie Heck, Special Education Para Professional
Fifth Ward Junior High
Connie provides support to the students as well as the teachers at Fifth Ward Junior High. While working with students, she goes above and beyond the expectations due to her diligence with record-keeping and documentation. If needed for additional duties beyond her normal schedule, Connie always steps up to the plate to provide the support in the areas needed. While working with students, Connie is relentless with remediation support and makes sure students have a solid and firm foundation. This aspect of Connie's role is crucial for our students' success and learning. She has always been a support during our school's Veteran's Day Program, taking charge of the decorations and set-up. This task is always done voluntarily with commitment and passion year after year.
Jennifer Crawford, Food Service Technician
Jennifer was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in the fall. Most of us expected her to take off work to battle the nasty disease. Instead, Jennifer continued to work hard, occasionally taking a day or two off. Jennifer's dedication to the staff and to the students on a daily basis while receiving treatment goes above and beyond anyone's expectations. When the cancer came back for a second time, Jennifer made a point to not miss any work as an example of her dedication to her staff and students that she serves on a daily basis. As her hair fell out, the other ladies in the cafeteria wore head wraps to support Jennifer in her fight. She served on the local PTA for six years when her boys were in elementary school. For the last seven years, she has served on the Pearl River High School baseball booster club.
Joan Enxing, ECSE Paraeductor
Bayou Woods Elementary
Joan does many things that go above and beyond what is expected of her job title. Her teacher appreciates that she frequently collaborates with her to help brainstorm ideas for lessons. She also problem solves to find ways to help individual students with specific needs. Joan spends hours cleaning and organizing the classroom, including changing learning centers. She has donated items for the classroom on many occasions refusing to accept reimbursement. Each year, she and her family members sponsor a family for Christmas, providing gifts and food. She has also purchased items for individual children in need (such as clothes, shoes, school supplies) In addition, she assisted a family after the Baton Rouge flood this school year.