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March's Pursuit of Excellence Winners


Pursuit of Excellence Awards Winners for March 2018

Congratulations to the following employees who are the March 2018 recipients of the Pursuit of Excellence Award for the Baldwin County School District.

Ms. Regina Duggan School Nutrition Assistant at Baldwin High School Nominated by Helene Allen, co-worker

Ms. Regina Duggans has been working with the Baldwin County School District since 1992. She is described by her co-worker as having a warm smile and her co-worker refers to Ms. Duggans as the “bright star” for BHS cafeteria. In addition to her warm personality, Ms. Duggans is commended for knowing all of the names and lunch numbers for students with exceptionalities as well as keeping up with lunch numbers for students and faculty and staff members. She is described as being a hard worker who knows just what everyone needs. Ms. Duggans, thank you for your example of excellence!

Ms. Heather Cox Teacher at Oak Hill Middle School

Nominated by Katie Whipple, community member Ms. Heather Cox is working in her 16th year with Baldwin County School District, but she is no stranger to education. She has over 25 years of experience. Some of the words used to describe Ms. Cox include inspirational, passionate and supportive. The expectations that Ms. Cox has for her students challenges them to be independent adolescents in spite of any challenges that they are living with. Not only does Ms. Cox focus on the little things that students need for success, but she also tackles the big tasks, including the very big task of moving a piano! In preparation for the music therapy session, Ms. Cox literally moved a piano off of the auditorium stage, truly going above and beyond for the needs of students. Ms. Cox, thank you for modelling excellence!

Mr. Johnny Simmons School Nutrition Assistant at Lakeview Academy Nominated by Daphine Lambert, co-worker, Justin Smith, co-worker and Evelyn Pearson, manager. Mr. Johnny Simmons joined the Baldwin County School District in 2010. He received three nominations commending him on his work ethic and commitment to his work. His nominations describe him as always arriving to work on time and with a smile, being helpful to his co-workers, being friendly to students, working quickly and efficiently, multi-tasking, encouraging others, having knowledge about school nutrition, being flexible and having perfect attendance! Mr. Simmons is noted for his ability to work without becoming stressed,\ maintaining a pleasant attitude when working to complete tasks and when he finishes with his work, it is not uncommon for Mr. Simmons to offer to assist his co-workers. Mr. Simmons, thank you for being a shining example of excellence!

Mr. Kenneth Smith

Teacher at Georgia College Early College Nominated by Luccas McDonald Mr. Smith became a member of the Baldwin County School District team in 2004. He is described as having the “temperament that allows him to not only be a stern enforcer of school policies, but also a loving father who seeks to teach those that go astray.” He is also commended for guiding students, having high expectations for students, and laying a foundation for all of his students. Not only is he helpful to his students in the classroom, but he is noted as helping co-workers with a helping hand outside of the classroom. Mr. Smith, thank you for your example of excellence!

Pursuit of Excellence Award Program

The Baldwin County School District Pursuit of Excellence Award, an employee recognition program, is presented monthly to employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. A maximum of four employees are chosen monthly and recognized during the regular Baldwin County Board of Education Meeting.

Application Process

Any Baldwin County School District employee is eligible for nomination, so long as they have not previously received the award. Team or groups are not eligible for recognition. Nominations may be made by any BCSD employee, student, parent, or community member. Nominations are due by the third Tuesday of each month (employees will be recognized the following month). Nomination forms will be available online or at the BCSD office.

Nominations will be reviewed monthly by the Selection Committee. The committee will consist of the Superintendent, the Human Resources Director, Assistant Superintendent, Maintenance Director, Transportation Director, Nutrition Director and the prior month's award winners. The award winners will rotate off each month as the new winners are awarded.

If a nominee is not chosen for recognition one month, his/her nomination may be forwarded to the next month at the discretion of the selection committee.

All recipients of the Pursuit of Excellence Award will be recognized on the district's website and at the monthly Board of Education Meeting.

We have many dedicated employees in our district. Please consider nominating a colleague for this award.


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