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.).
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!!
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
Mr. Garry Athill, Plant Manager of Lakewood Park Elementary School, was presented the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the school board meeting on March 10, 2015. You know there is nothing like having someone you can depend on when you need them most. Someone that is able to show up, get the job done on time, and above expectations. As per Principal Dianne Young, this describes Mr. Garry Athill. Garry was nominated for his organization of school maintenance staff, as well as district maintenance, and contractors that has improved the overall appearance of the school. He has helped to build a spirit of pride at Lakewood Park Elementary School.
Pictured are, Rose Abbuhl, Michelle Jerger, Dr. Donna Mills, Garry Athill, Genelle Yost, Dianne Young, and Tammy Smith.
The STAR Program focuses on recognizing stellar service from our employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s core values.
Alberto Diaz is an electrician for the District that impressed Bayshore Elementary by his professionalism and attention to detail. The school’s principal called and wrote to express their sincere appreciation for making certain that all systems were go and all equipment was working as it should to ensure safe and caring learning environments for students and staff. Thank you for your service!
St. Lucie Public Schools’ STAR program focuses on celebrating employees who demonstrate exceptional customer service in their endeavor to support the mission and vision of the District.
Orlando Fargas was recognized as the recipient of this prestigious award during Tuesday evening’s Board meeting.
Congratulations, Orlando! We appreciate all you do.
Pictured from left are: Michelle Jerger, Donna Mills, Orlando Fargas, Rose Abbuhl, Carolyn Rarrieck, and E. Wayne Gent
“Sometimes it’s just the little things we do that can make all the difference.” At the School Board Meeting on April 22, 2014, Linda King, School Office Clerk at Treasure Coast High School, was presented the STAR Award. She was recommended by a parent for helping a student at the school complete the process to apply for scholarships, and helping to prepare her to be a successful lifelong learner. Pictured from left are, Assistant Principal Nikki Poole, Principal Denise Rodriguez, Assistant Principal Henry Sanabria, Student Assignment Director Michelle Jerger, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, our STAR Linda King, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
“Miss Jackie” (Jacquelyn Occhiuzzo) was nominated as a STAR recipient for her outstanding service to students and parents as a member of the Transportation Department. Miss Jackie, as her students and parents fondly call her, was celebrated most recently because of her tremendous efforts to keep children safe and parents well-informed during a heavy thunderstorm when a mechanical issue necessitated a substitute bus during her regular route. With care and compassion, she escorted children from one bus to the other under an umbrella and notified parents of the delay with a personal call helping to calm everyone. She then safely finished transporting all children.
Singer, dancers, karate, gymnastics, and football moves were only a few of the dozens of talented teachers and students who took the Lawnwood Elementary stage. The annual Talent Show Night was presented to over 300 friends and parents who excitedly packed the auditorium. All performers received a goody bag and a big dose of self esteem for their hard work. pictured l to r are Keirra Holycross and Audrey Kloeckner.
Thanks to the Partnership in Education between Weatherbee Elementary and the United States Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce, first, third, and fifth grade students at Weatherbee learned about water safety during a visit to the school by staff from the Coast Guard station who delivered an informative presentation, teaching the students how to stay safe in, on, and around the water. After the presentation, members of the Auxiliary presented a “Let’s Talk Trash” game for the students to learn the importance of keeping waterways clean and also to learn how to put on a personal floatation device correctly. The students especially loved the surprise visit from Coastie, the remote control boat, pictured.