Support Employees and Substitute of the Year Announced
Five outstanding individuals have been named 2017-2018 STPPS Support Employees and Substitute of the Year.
Substitute of the Year
Geraldine Winzy, Brock Elementary and Bayou Woods Elementary
Geraldine has built her career on educating students in St. Tammany parish, retiring from teaching in our school district after 30+ years of service. She began her substitute “career” in 2015 at Brock Elementary and Bayou Woods Elementary when she stepped in to help set up a classroom when a teacher unexpectedly could not return. Her leadership goes far beyond the classroom. She serves on boards for a parent action committee and a scholarship fund and is a member of the St. Tammany Parish Retired Teachers Association and the LA Retired Teachers Association. She is also an active member of her church and a member of the Helping Hands Ministry. As Geraldine loves to say, “You will never be able to take the school out of Mrs. Winzy or Mrs. Winzy out of the schools.”
Support Employees of the Year
Nataki Smith, Human Resources Dept.
Nataki works closely with certificated employees in the school system and is also part of the HR team responsible for scheduling and conducting new hire orientations. Nataki’s organizational skills are exceptional, which has proven to be invaluable when coordinating the massive amount of paperwork needed for an employee newly hired in the district. In addition, Nataki has recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Human Resources. Outside of work, Nataki enjoys visiting residents in several Slidell area nursing homes, as well as teaching technology skills to community members.
Marilyn Tate, Paraprofessional
Marilyn is an academic paraprofessional who continually demonstrates an unselfish attitude and genuine concern for every student who walks through her door. Not only does Marilyn work with the students assigned to her, she is the sponsor of the Principal’s Goldfish Club. This club is open to students who demonstrate academic excellence, strong moral character and a willingness to serve the community. Marilyn has recently stepped up to the challenge of being the founding sponsor the Abney Elementary School Student Council and also works closely with new paraprofessionals, offering guidance and assistance when needed. Marilyn devotes her time, resources and energy to make Abney Elementary a better place to work and attend school. When she’s working with her students she encourages them to do their best. She tells them “You can do!” and her students finish the sentence with “Anything!”
Thomas Huff, Custodian
Clearwood Junior High
Thomas knows just how important the role of a custodian is on campus, because he says when his job is done properly it allows the administrators and teachers to be able to focus more on education. In addition to custodial duties, Thomas is a trained member of the NCI (non-violent crisis intervention) Team where his calm demeanor makes him a valuable asset when needed. Students find Thomas approachable and are comfortable asking him for help. Words such as “nice, cool, and helpful” are often used when describing Thomas. According to Thomas, his greatest contribution as the head custodian of Clearwood Junior High is providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for students to learn and parents to have peace of mind.
Orlando Jones, Special Education Para-Educator
Orlando has been a Special Education para-educator at LHS for two years. In that time, he has done an outstanding job, going above and beyond anything asked of him. Orlando’s goal at school is to be as involved as possible – with faculty and students – and to help in whatever capacity needed. He attends every athletic event after school to show support for the students and works as hard as he can at everything he does. Orlando is always smiling, offering a “Good Morning or a Hello” to anyone he comes in contact with. Teachers always comment on his professionalism and willingness to help others in the classroom.
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