HOUSTON – Nov. 29, 2017 – During three Central Support Staff Meetings held Wednesday – at the Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center and the Spring ISD Transportation Center – Superintendent Dr. Rodney Watson recognized several individuals for their special contributions to the district’s mission and for exhibiting the “Springway” core values. Those recognized were nominated by their peers and supervisors for their efforts in supporting the district’s work and goals.
- Ciciley Lee was recognized for her ongoing assistance to Spring ISD employees through her role as a Leaves & Benefits Specialist, and for her winning attitude and team spirit as a member of the Human Resource Services Division. Lee was praised for addressing even the trickiest benefits questions with both persistence and care, so that district employees “can focus on their work in the classroom, on the bus, in the cafeteria or taking care of our schools and facilities.”
- John Soos was recognized for his contributions as Supervisor of Maintenance and Technology for the Child Nutrition Department, working daily with area managers and other staff to ensure student meals are delivered in a timely and effective manner. In recognizing Soos, Superintendent Watson mentioned his willingness to accept new challenges and always base his decisions on what is best for Spring ISD students.
- Sergeant Dwendol Bryant, Spring ISD Police Department, was recognized for consistently being a strong representative of Spring ISD, earning the acclamation of his peers as well as members of the community. The Superintendent mentioned a letter recently sent to his office, in which a community member praised Sergeant Bryant as “a model for what a law enforcement officer should be,” and for executing his duties with care and respect for all.
- Officer Valerie Williams, Spring ISD Police Department, was recognized for her dedication as campus officer at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, where, according to Associate Principal Tanisha Lee, “She does the work of two officers despite being the ‘lone ranger’ on campus.” Officer Williams was praised both for her execution of her normal police duties and for always going the extra mile in establishing positive relationships with campus staff and students – especially with students having a hard time connecting with other adults at school.
- Frankie Johnson and Carolyn Leavell, Communications Department, were both recognized for their exhaustive efforts in support of the district’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the nearly 300 small-dollar grants awarded to employees and district families following the storm. Johnson and Leavell coordinated the district’s response, working with the Spring ISD Education Foundation to process applications and ensuring prompt disbursement of grant checks. Both hand-delivered many of the grant checks personally, so that employees and families wouldn’t have to drive to Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center to pick them up.
In addition to the employee recognitions, other items discussed at Wednesday’s meetings included recent district news, student attendance and enrollment initiatives, the district’s literacy campaign, recent and upcoming bond projects, and plans to roll out Spanish-English dual-language programs at three Spring ISD elementary schools starting next fall.