Written by Karen Wells, Director, Human Resources, WCS Saturday, 20 October 2012 14:36
Ginger Pooser, October Teacher of the Month, started her career as a reading teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary School and was hired as a primary teacher at Sopchoppy Elementary in 1978.Pooser has been a kindergarten teacher at Medart Elementary School since 1995.
Pooser grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from FSU with a BS degree in Education. Working for the Wakulla County School District has been a dream job for Ms. Pooser. She adds, “Working side by side with dedicated people who work hard encourages me to put forth my best effort.” Of course the students bring energy, hope and joy to school each day as well. Pooser notes, “I look for the special qualities of each child. Teaching is never boring. I learn something new every year.”
Medart Principal Sharon Kemp applauds Pooser’s dependability and knowledge, “Ms. Pooser rarely takes time off during the school year. She comes to work early, assists others and helps with afterschool activities such as Title I Parent Training meetings. As kindergarten grade level chairperson and as a veteran teacher, others teachers and I look to her for guidance.”
Also recognized as an October Teacher of the Month is Wakulla Middle School’s 8th grade teacher, Kathy Spivey. Originally hired by Bob Myhre, Spivey has dedicated fourteen years of service to Wakulla Middle School.
Formerly from Ashville, NC, Spivey attended and graduated from Florida International University in Miami and earned her Master’s degree from The University of Phoenix.
Spivey believes it’s a privilege to be a part of her student’s lives and attributes part of her success to the amazing faculty at Wakulla Middle School. Her attitude is evident in her overall school contributions. Spivey has served or is currently serving as the WMS AVID Site Coordinator, School Advisory Council member, the Yearbook Sponsor, Technology Coordinator, Teacher Leader, College Reach Out Program Coordinator, Science Fair Coordinator, Science on the Move Parent Night Coordinator, Patriot’s Pen Contest Coordinator, Mock Election School Coordinator and a committee member for textbook selection. (WOW)
WMS Principal Mike Barwick adds, “Evidence of Ms. Spivey’s hard work can be seen throughout the WMS campus. Whether it’s a technology issue she is dealing with or coordinating our AVID program, Ms. Spivey always gives her best. Our AVID program would not be where it is today if it were not for Ms. Spivey’s dedication to the program. She has bought into the program and is a big reason for its success. She is a real asset to our school and I am proud to have her as a Wildcat.”
The October Employee of the Month is Wakulla High School’s paraprofessional, Patricia Broadway. Broadway has been serving the students of Wakulla County since 1999. She started as a Pre-K teacher at Trinity Lutheran and in 2005 she began working at Wakulla Middle School as a PE paraprofessional and one-on-one assistant. Her War Eagle service began in 2010, where she is today.
Broadway grew up on the west coast of Central Florida, graduating from Seminole High School. She has attended and graduated from St. Pete Junior College and Tallahassee Community College and is currently working toward the completion of her Bachelor of Science degree at Florida State University.
“What I like most about my job is knowing that my children and I are a part of one of the TOP school districts in the State. I enjoy working with the dedicated individuals at Wakulla High School,” states Broadway.
Watching her students learn and achieve their individual goals are the most rewarding aspects of her job. That is reflected in her willingness to be a Boy Scouts Leader, a Girl Scouts Leader, and a soccer coach, treasurer and concessions coordinator.
WHS Principal Mike Crouch recognizes her enthusiasm and work ethic. He shares, “Mrs. Broadway always goes the second mile to make sure other students are helped or teachers in her classes are assisted. She is a leader among her peers. She is almost legendary for her effort in cleaning out the old cumulative files that had not been purged for many years. Mrs. Broadway is the ultimate team player in a school that needs many team players. We are very thankful to have an employee of Mrs. Broadway’s caliber as a part of the War Eagle family.”
Superintendent David Miller and the Wakulla County School Board applaud the dependability and dedication these employees bring to the District as well as the positive attitude they display on behalf of the students, schools, the profession of education and communities they serve.
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