Written by Karen Wells, Director, Human Resources, WCS Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:59
Superintendent David Miller and the Wakulla County School Board recognized the ability these employees have to seek and find solutions. Their willingness to do whatever it takes does not go unnoticed.
For the past 28 years, Kelley Harvey, the Shadeville Teacher of the Month, has dedicated her career teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Shadeville Elementary School. Mrs. Harvey, known for her calm approach and solution seeking ability, is a graduate of TCC and FSU.
Harvey has many delightful stories about her career at Shadeville including classroom experiences, serving as team leader, working at the fall festival and reminiscing about the “Old Shadeville.” She raised three sons, Woody, Will and Wyatt, with her husband, who are all products of the Wakulla County School System and is an active booster of the WHS soccer, tennis and cross country teams.
Shadeville Principal Susan Brazier adds, “Kelley Harvey is an outstanding educator. She is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make sure her students are provided with a sound education. She has a knack for creating a warm and welcoming classroom environment for students to meet the challenges of our district’s rigorous curriculum. She does a terrific job serving as a grade level team leader, as well as a role model and mentor for education interns. Shadeville is lucky to have a teacher of her quality on our staff.”
After three fleeting years, Melinda House, WHS English Teacher was selected as the WHS Teacher of the Month. Originally from the Ocala area, Mrs. House is a graduate of FSU and Flagler College. When asked what she most likes about her job she provides a multi-faceted response that includes: being an oracle of knowledge to younger generations, the fact that every day is different, her co-workers, the kids and no matter how she feels when she wakes up each morning, she knows something is going to make her smile when she goes to school.
Since joining the War Eagle team, House has participated in and led extra-curricular activities including team captain of Relay for Life, Junior Class Sponsor, JV Girls Soccer Coach and School Coordinator for Labels for Education. WHS Principal Mike Crouch notes, “Mrs. House is one of our most enthusiastic teachers. She has a very evident passion for teaching English. She’s the teacher that gets incredibly excited about any little obscure new insight into teaching methods or activities. Mrs. House is learning to master her craft every day.”
Ronda Rawls has been cooking up a positive attitude as a food service worker at Crawfordville Elementary School since 2007 and was selected as the September Employee of the Month. Prior to joining the school district Mrs. Rawls worked as a cashier at Winn-Dixie. Growing up in an Air Force family, Mrs. Rawls attended many different schools including an elementary school in Adana, Turkey.
“Friendships were born when I came to work at Crawfordville,” adds Rawls, “Not only are we a family, we are a team.”
Rawls further explains, “I never realized what a “lunch lady” goes through in order to prepare our children’s meals, from nutritional value to portion control. We care about every child. We want the food to look good, taste good and be healthy. “Lunch Ladies” are truly “Kitchen Angels.””
School kitchens offer a variety of tasks from baking, main dish, vegetables and cashiering. Food Service Director Gail Mathers describes Ronda Rawls as positive, upbeat and dependable. Mathers said, “Ronda is a true team player and can often be found stepping in as cashier at any other school where there is a personnel shortage. Her outstanding work ethic, genuine concern for the students and willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done makes her a valuable asset to the Food Service Program and the Wakulla County School Board.”
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