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EMS celebrates 2017 Employees of the Year

 Collage of district employees of the year
 
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD is proud to announce the 2017 District Employees of the Year! Congratulations to these outstanding EMS ISD employees:
 
  • Elementary Teacher of the Year — Doty Spivey, physical education teacher, Northbrook Elementary School
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year — Jason Walker, choir and theater arts teacher, Creekview Middle School
  • Auxiliary Professional of the Year — Michelle Cox, custodian, Bryson Elementary School
  • Paraprofessional of the Year — Tammy Ledbetter, Special Education aide, Eagle Mountain Elementary School 
  • Professional of the Year — Stephanie Van De Kieft, school nurse, High Country Elementary School
 
Campus and department winners were honored during the annual Employee Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 18, at the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center. More than 200 EMS ISD teachers, support staff, and administrators gathered to celebrate the achievements of these outstanding educators. The district also recognized employees who have dedicated 20+ years of service to the district as well as those who have retired or are retiring this school year.
 
Board Vice President Paige Ring opened the celebration with words of welcome and thanks to employees for their unwavering dedication to the children of the district. Following lunch, Superintendent Dr. Jim F. Chadwell shared brief remarks about how educators — regardless of their roles — make a difference in the lives of children everyday. Shawn Bell, Director of Fine Arts, served as emcee for the event.
 
Students from the HCTC Culinary Arts program provided desserts under the direction of Chefs Katie Natale and Stephen Ortiz. Special thanks also to the HCTC Administrative team and the Human Resources and Communications departments for coordination of the event. 
 
Congratulations to each of the district, campus, and department winners. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to carrying the torch in EMS ISD and fostering a culture of excellence!
 
Visit our photo album to see pictures from the event. Please click here* to see the campus award winners, years of service honorees, and retirees. *Note this list includes those employees known at the time of program printing.
 
 
Meet the 2016 EMS ISD Employees of the Year
 
Elementary Teacher of the Year — Doty Spivey
Physical education teacher, Northbrook Elementary School
 
Doty Spivey, Elementary Teacher of the Year
 Pictured with Board Vice President Paige Ring,
left, and Dr. Jim Chadwell, Superintendent, right.
“Doty Spivey’s ability to reach and inspire students, her high level of motivation to do so, and the positive attitude she brings to the campus every day are what make her our Teacher of the Year,” said Gina Mayfield, Northbrook ES Principal. “I cannot imagine Northbrook Elementary without her. Ms. Spivey is a whirlwind of energy, ideas, and ‘let’s-get-it-done
’ attitude. She has high expectations for herself, her students, and her co-workers. She puts her whole heart into every project she takes on. Whether it is planning the Father-Daughter dance or the Mother-Son kickball game, co-teaching Super Science Saturday with the fifth-grade teachers in preparation for the STAAR test, coordinating the student talent show, or setting up a day of science learning fun for the whole campus, Ms. Spivey is all in! She makes Northbrook a wonderful place to learn and work, and we are so proud to have her represent our campus and our district as the Elementary Teacher of the Year.”
 








 
Secondary Teacher of the Year — Jason Walker
Choir and theater arts teacher, Creekview Middle School
 
 Jason Wheeler, Secondary Teacher of the Year
Pictured with Board Vice President Paige Ring, left,
and Dr. Jim Chadwell, Superintendent, right.
“Jason Walker has been an integral part of Creekview Middle School and EMS ISD for 13 years. He is one of the most talented individuals we know,” said Anthe Anagnostis, Creekview Principal. “Not only can he sing, act, dance, and play a multitude of musical instruments, but his greatest talents are his abilities to motivate, inspire, and challenge students of all ability levels to strive for excellence in all that they do and to discover their passion. His classroom is alive with energy, joy, passion, and excitement. Mr. Walker is a great motivator and he is passionate not only about the arts, but about developing student potential in all areas. He is a living example of the ‘Creekview Way ’ – he is respectful, responsible, works hard, and models integrity in all that he does. 
Mr. Walker is a valuable part of our campus and our district, and our students are fortunate to be able to learn from such a gifted teacher. Every day, Mr. Walker inspires his students to not only be better actors, singers or performers – but most importantly, to be better citizens, kinder people, and students committed to pursuing excellence in all that they do.”    
 
 
 
 








Auxiliary Professional of the Year — Michelle Cox
Custodian, Bryson Elementary School
Michelle Cox, Auxiliary Employee of the Year
 Pictured with Board Vice President Paige Ring, left.
“Michelle is a wonderful blessing to our campus,” said Whitney Wheeler, Principal of Bryson. “Not only does she care about the appearance of our school, she invests in the lives of the students and teachers within the building. Michelle builds a connection with those around her, and always strives to do her best. She is an integral part of our Bobcat family and we are truly grateful for all she does for us here at Bryson.”
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraprofessional Employee of the Year — Tammy Ledbetter
Special Education aide, Eagle Mountain Elementary School
 
Tammy Ledbetter, Paraprofessional Employee of the Year
 Pictured with Board Vice President Paige Ring, left.
“Tammy is an irreplaceable asset to the students and staff with whom she works,” said Terri Floyd, EME Principal. “She always goes above and beyond the call of duty, always considering what is best for students. Her patience bucket is never empty! She has worked with some of our most challenging students over years — encouraging and believing in them always! She has an exceptionally positive outlook and empowers students to reach their potential every day! She has a gentle and friendly way about her that students respond to and can be counted on to follow through with what she says she will do. She is always prompt and willing to help serve in any capacity to help our campus, whether that is with bus duty, cafeteria duty, or helping teachers and all students. She truly cares about kids and is passionate about serving. Mrs. Adama, our special education teacher, describes her as not just a coworker, but a friend for life! She continually impacts so many futures.”
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Professional Employee of the Year — Stephanie Van De Kieft
School nurse, High Country Elementary School
 
Stephanie Van De Kieft, Professional Employee of the Year
 Pictured with Board Vice President Paige Ring, left. 
“Stephanie embodies the ideal when one describes a school nurse," said Cheryl Phalen, EMS Coordinator of Health Services. “As a six-year district employee, she has one of the busiest clinics in the district. Every day, no matter the acuity of the clinic visits and special procedures she performs, she is, first and foremost, knowledgeable and calm. She assesses every child and situation with the utmost professionalism and cares for each child in a special way. She gives each student her full attention and expertise. She is an amazing role model for all school nurses and an integral member of her campus team at every level. I could not be more proud to honor Stephanie as she represents not only her campus, but also all of the nurses in Health Services and what they do every day.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  



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