STAR Awards are special recognitions for employees who demonstrate outstanding service above and beyond expectations. At the January School Board Meeting, the District was honored to recognize Mr. Stephen Malpass, a member of the maintenance team.
According to administrators and staff at Lakewood Park Elementary, Mr. Malpass is always a tremendous help and is never seen without a smile on his face. His positive attitude and willingness to do whatever he can, whenever he can, make him a valuable asset to their school and certainly to the St. Lucie Public Schools District. Even though he is a member of the District’s maintenance team, they feel like he is a part of their Lakewood Park Falcon family.
Mrs. Cary Schott enthusiastically shares her love of the arts and her artistic talents with others. When asked if she and her students could provide art for District Office visitors and staff to appreciate, she readily provided three beautiful pieces to adorn the walls in the Community Room for all to enjoy.
Thank you for helping to keep the arts alive in St. Lucie!
Congratulations to members of the SLPS family for demonstrating outstanding customer service. This month’s STAR Award recipients are:
Daphne Anderson, Trencia Scott (Transportation)
Jennifer Del Carpio (Personnel)
Jeff Diefendorf (Maintenance)
Nile Gentry (ITS)
Joanie Marquez (Rivers Edge Elementary – 3rd grade teacher)
Craig Jerome, Kevin Perry, Elker Harris, Pam Hazelief, Thom Jones, Emily McNutt, Henry Sanabria, Candace Stone, Jane Whitaker (Night of the Stars Committee)
George Petroff, Mark Woods (Security)
This month’s STAR Awards were presented to Angela LaRose, Assistive Technology Assistant, FDLRS, and to Christine Jordan, Administrative Assistant, FDLRS. Both Angie and Chris have provided stellar customer service to teachers and parents in St. Lucie County for over 10 years. They provide information and classroom support materials for students ages 3-22 in both general education and ESE settings.
St. Lucie Public Schools celebrates individuals each month for exceptional customer service with the STAR award. This month’s recipients were from Lakewood Park Elementary and the Finance Department.
Mr. Blount, a music instructor at Lakewood Park Elementary School, provides support to the marching band program at Fort Pierce Central High School. After coaching his aspiring elementary musicians, he devotes hours supporting the older musicians in a voluntary capacity.
During the Hurricane Matthew weather event, the Finance Team took measures to ensure that payroll was prepared and released early. With the uncertainties that weather conditions bring and the need to prepare for such emergencies, this was most definitely appreciated by employees.
St. Lucie Public Schools staff members were celebrated at the February School Board Meeting for demonstrating exemplary customer service.
Ana Fernandez (St. Lucie Elementary, Reception)
Steve Devlin (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Jaeda Williams (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Stephen Tipton (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Craig Jerome (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Mitch Miller (Transportation, Driver for Community Parade Events)
Dorothy Barron (Transportation, Driver)
Mona Webb (Transportation, Bus Aid and Worksite Leader)
James LeBon (West Gate K-8, Band Master and Volunteer for High School Band Programs)
Dorothy Barron Mona Webb
Andrea Jacobs, Patricia Chesser, and Eric Henik were all recognized as STARs in their own right at this month’s School Board Meeting.
Andrea Jacobs is a dedicated and compassionate school bus driver. She was publicly recognized for the way in which her students see her — as one who is always appreciative and has a warm smile — as someone who can make each day better.
Patricia Chesser, a 29-year SLPS veteran and Human Resources Administrative Assistant, was recognized for passing a rigorous exam qualifying her for the prestigious Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Senior Certified Professional (SCP) Certification,
Eric Henik, an Area Manager in Custodial Services, was celebrated for taking on the responsibility of becoming a Certified Trainer as per the Florida School Plant Managers Association. Having this distinction, Mr. Henik has trained and continues to train all plant managers in SLPS thus heightening their level of service to others and elevating their personal capacity for success.
Dinora Gomez, Josh Sorensen, Pat Christian McFadden, and Yasmin Schmidt, recipients of this month’s STAR Award, were acknowledged for their positive customer service by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members. The District appreciates the fact that each one is committed to excellence and going the extra mile to ensure that needs are met, solutions are sought, and helping hands are extended.
The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those that exemplify its core values.
Bus Driver Wanda Cooper – Transportation Department
Bus Aide Kaymal Whinfield – Transportation Department
(Both pictured above)
From a parent whose children ride the bus each day and shared her comments:
“My kids have great drivers and aides. I cannot say enough about them. They are very patient and love their job. It shows!”
Teacher Crystal Nelson – Treasure Coast High School
Comment from a parent who shared the positive impact on Mrs. Crystal Nelson at TCHS:
“I know that the teacher of the year has already been selected for this year. Please consider Mrs. Nelson in the future. She is great. While my daughter’s time at Treasure Coast will end in May, it has been a true blessing knowing that Mrs. Nelson has been my daughter’s teacher.”
Plant Manager Juan Bello – Treasure Coast High School
Juan recently assumed the role of TCHS Plant Manager after our previous manager retired. He has been an incredible leader for his staff and the school staff. Juan is doing a great job at our school. Maintenance workers have commented how they appreciate how fair he is with all workers. We are so happy to have him as a Titan!
Teacher William Cromer – Allapattah Flats K-8 School
“I really want to commend Allapattah Flats K-8. There have been many instances where they show that they care about my children, and today marks another instance. My son had a panic attack and went to the clinic. Mr. Cromer, the band teacher, took time of out his busy day to come visit my son and try to calm him down. Because of him, I did not have to leave work to go pick up my son. I would be glad to stand up and say that Allapattah Flats is a great school that parents should aspire to send their children to.”
St. Lucie Public Schools recognizes its team members for exceptional customer service each month. T his month’s recipients were:
West Gate K – 8 Team (Jennifer Harris, Ron Noble, Dana Buehrig, Christopher Calvo, Natalie Collis, Sean McInerney, and Andrea Malin): With approximately 600 students being picked up daily, this team has implemented a safe and organized pan to ensure that all students get to their parents’ cars safely – rain or shine.
Finance Team (Barbara Audette as a representative for the Payroll Department): With an eye toward the needs of the SLPS staff during the recent weather event in which circumstances were unknown about storm direction and impact to SLPS, she and her team facilitated the early release of payroll on Friday instead of Monday to support employees in their preparation for the potential threat to our coast.
District Maintenance Team (George Despinos): This gentleman is a caring and dedicated electrician. He was heralded by the principal of Oak Hammock K-8. She said, “While walking the campus on Thursday, I came across a large area of ceiling tiles and framing that were missing causing a hole above a teacher’s door. George Despinos was on campus and he assisted in getting this area fixed prior to our parents arriving for Open House. He and his co-worker did a wonderful job, and the teachers truly appreciated his attention to detail and the timeliness of his support.”
Transportation Team (LaTonya Hubbard): Mrs. Hubbard serves as a bus driver. As one of the first individuals a child sees before school starts and one of the last individuals a child sees after the school day closes, Mrs. Hubbard’s compassion and caring support for students in her charge are wonderful bookends to a child’s day. She is very customer friendly. Her introductory and update phone calls to parents are greatly appreciated. In fact, an informative phone call to the parent of a first-time Kindergarten bus rider relieved apprehension and set the tone for a positive year.
District Volunteer Team (Carol Andor): Mr. Andor has been a volunteer at Mariposa Elementary for five years and was named Mariposa’s outstanding volunteer in 2013-14. He is the chairperson for the SAC Committee and treasurer for PTO. He is an involved volunteer whose mission it is to enhance the welcoming environment for parents at Mariposa. He has painted and built tables for the Parent Resource Room, has helped paint the media center, and painted the front office. Now, he is presently building bulletin boards for the front office and cafeteria. He is ever-present with fundraisers and school-based activities and never forgets to honor the faculty and staff with his attention.
St. Lucie Public Schools was proud to honor the following individuals for demonstrating exemplary customer service:
Alan Lisansky (Transportation), Ruby Bowman and Zahadia Ceballos (Rivers Edge Elementary), Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris (Village Green Elementary)
Congratulations for going above and beyond to provide exceptional service!
The STAR Program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those who exemplify its core values.
STAR recognitions for the month of September honored Marisol Abrahante, Nicki O’Neill
(both from Student Services and Exceptional Student Education at St. Lucie West K-8 School) and Jimmy Hardison (from Transportation). All three team members were commended for their outstanding service to others. Congratulations!!
The STAR award recognizes and honors employees each month for demonstration of exemplary customer service. The following employees were recognized by the Board in February: Nakysha Dennis (Dan McCarty Middle School), Michele Rubenstein (Mariposa Elementary – Volunteer), Joe Baio (Lakewood Park – Facilities/Maintenance), Renee Lang (Transportation Dept.- Bus Driver), and Pinkie Smith (Food Service Dept.).
STAR Recognition for Exceptional Service and Support to St. Lucie Elementary
Principal Latricia Woulard commended members of the Retired School Volunteer Program for their mentor support at St. Lucie Elementary. The dedicated team of individuals provided help and support to new teachers and retention efforts, beautification and establishment of a butterfly garden on campus, and fund raising efforts for supplies. Special recognition and thanks were given to the following at the September 13th Board Meeting: Barbara Kaste, Stephanie Sakowski, Arlene Hazelton, Ruthann Reuther, Marguerite Saady, Chuck Brothers, Vanessa Tillman, and Christine Rodic.
Alex Cardenal from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, along with his classmates, hugs one of the dogs from the Star Bright Therapy reading program. To the left of Alex is one of the volunteers from the program, behind him is behavior technician Neil Siriani, and to his right is teacher Tammy Miller. Volunteers come with the dogs to Palm Pointe once a week for 45 minutes to read with the students. This helps students improve their reading skills. The dogs are ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation, they listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticize. They allow the students to proceed at their own pace and sometimes are less intimidating than peers. This program helps to build the student’s self-esteem, confidence and social skills.
The St. Lucie County School Board supports the district’s STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) Program to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the district vision, to reward employees on the results of their behaviors and outcomes by clarifying what we value most as an organization, and to reclaim passive employees by rewarding those who exemplify our core values. Media Services’ Debbie McAnelly, second from right, was one of two employees recognized at the February 25, 2014, school board meeting as a STAR. Pictured, from left, are program coordinator Michelle Jerger, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, McAnelly, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
The St. Lucie County School Board supports the district’s STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) Program to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the district vision, to reward employees on the results of their behaviors and outcomes by clarifying what we value most as an organization, and to reclaim passive employees by rewarding those who exemplify our core values. Port St. Lucie High School’s Lucinda Reeder, center, was one of two employees recognized at the February 25, 2014, school board meeting as a STAR. Pictured, from left, are School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Reeder, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
Thom Jones of the Education Foundation, St. Lucie County extends a special thank you to Paul Jakubczak, Carol Wilson, and Lois Wolfe of the Ft. Pierce Utilities Authority and the Boys and Girls Clubs for launching the first STAR Business Mentor Class! These STAR Scholars will be mentored over the next two years as part of the Program’s efforts to inspire students to graduate work ready. Some students may qualify for a fully prepaid scholarship funded by the Education Foundation to earn an AA degree while working locally. The STAR Program’s goals are also aligned to the supporting positive graduation rates for St. Lucie Public Schools.
Star Awards are presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional service. Ms. JoAnn Aguila’s team in the Assessment and Accountability Department know that she is a shining example of someone who demonstrates unbelievable energy and support for her coworkers and for the schools. This became especially clear during a recent challenge in which the department experienced some water damage.
Mrs. Aguila was supportive and did her best to insulate her colleagues and the schools from the concerns of that challenge in order to continue providing quality service.
Congratulations to the following employees who were recognized as STAR recipients at the October 2019 Board Meeting.