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September's Pursuit of Excellence Winners


Pursuit of Excellence Awards Winners for September 2018

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

Mr. Jamey Fields Technology Specialist

A member of the technology department since 2017, Jamey Fields is noted as being helpful, patient and responsive to technology questions and issues. He is described as having a positive attitude, offering assistance with answering questions both in person and online. This was most evident recently at Midway Hills Primary School during a time when an in-house technology person was not available. His positive attitude, personable demeanor, knowledge of technology and willingness to help make him a pleasure to work with. Jamey, thank you for your example of excellence!

Ms. Amie Caruso Academic Coach at Baldwin High School

Ms. Caruso has long been an important member of the BHS team but this year she has moved from the classroom to a new role as an Academic Coach and she is using her knowledge of teaching to help faculty and staff improve their teaching strategies and methods. She is noted as always demonstrating understanding while also reinforcing the importance of challenging oneself and moving out of comfort zones to better instruct the students of Baldwin High School. Ms. Caruso, thank you for modelling excellence!

Ms. Sheba Nelson Transportation Support Personnel Ms. Nelson received two separate nominations. She is commended for her ability to multi-task and handle challenging situations with students, drivers and parents all while maintaining a positive attitude. Some of her daily responsibilities require her to handle 60 bus routes and 2500 students, student problems, parents and parent problems every day. There is a constant line of parents and drivers at her office door. She takes care of so many things at one time. The question was asked how Ms. Nelson manages to have “any sense left” after dealing with the many issues of the day. In addition to her positive attitude, she remains calm in the face of very difficult sometimes hostile situations. Ms. Nelson, thank you for being a shining example of excellence!

Ms. Jocelyn Murphy

Teacher at Lakeview Primary School In her first year in the Baldwin County School District, Ms. Murphy has wasted no time in showing her dedication and commitment to excellence. She is commended for the long hours that she puts into her work before AND after school to make sure that her lessons are prepared and that her students have what they need. She always has a smile on her face and a hug for her students. She is going the extra mile for her class already! Ms. Murphy, 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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