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BCSD May's Pursuit of Excellence Winners

Updated: May 24, 2021


Congratulations to the following employees who are the May 2021 recipients of the Pursuit of Excellence Award for the Baldwin County School District.

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. 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 are available online or at the BCSD office.

Ms. Thigpen is completing her 2nd year of teaching with the Baldwin County School District. She is commended on the leadership skills that she developed in such a short period of time. She was nominated by Judith Blount, her co-worker. Ms. Blount had the following to say about Ms.Thigpen:

“Ms. Haley Thigpen should be the Pursuit of Excellence winner because of the hard work that she has had to put in to start this school year. Ms.Thigpen's official job title is second grade PEC inclusion teacher however, at the start of this year she not only had to carry her own job duties, but she also had to take over the self-contained class and not only service those students that are self-contained as a PEC teacher but also as their lead teacher in addition to carrying her load of students in our inclusion classroom. Ms. Thigpen's caseload of students literally doubled in addition to her having to learn how to navigate being a lead teacher. Not once has her abilities or dedication to her students faltered. In the midst of all this change and adjustment, she has also managed to plan her upcoming wedding and remain graceful while doing so. I know that Ms. Thigpen is looking forward to returning to her regular job duties but I believe that all of the additional work she has had to put into the start of this school year should not go unrecognized."

Ms. Thigpen, thank you for modeling excellence!


Ms.Jenkins is working in her first year with the Baldwin County School District but has 19 years of teaching experience. She was nominated by her colleague, Ms. Natalie Puckett who had the following to share about Ms. Jenkins:

”Even being new to the building she has volunteered to take on roles of leadership to support her peers in meeting the needs of students and of other adults in the building. She is co-chair of the culture/climate committee and is a valuable member of the PBIS committee. In these roles, she has taken on tasks around the building to elevate our levels of student recognition, and to make MHA a pleasant place to be. She is an expert in guided reading and has already been identified as a building-level example for others who are struggling with the task of planning and implementing guided reading. She has identified ways for the grade level to be more efficient and productive in grade-level schedules which have been accepted and implemented. She has a class with mostly BR level readers and many non-readers and non-writers, yet she has never used this as an excuse, but rather works with her grade-level collaboratively to keep high expectations while still meeting her students where they are.”

Ms. Jenkins, thank you for your example of excellence!


Ms. Webb is completing her fourth year with the Baldwin County School District. Ms. Webb’s friendly personality and warm smile greet the students at Oak Hill Middle School daily. She was nominated by her direct supervisor, Dr. Kachari Davis, who had the following to say about Ms. Webb:

“Mrs. Webb has the most pleasant spirit and most beautiful smile that is there to greet the 6th Grade family each and every day. She keeps us organized and well informed about EVERYTHING. Most importantly, she is our first point of contact for the grade level. She stays informed about instruction, schedules, ordering supplies, and is a Check-in and Check-Out for some of our students... She does it all... and with a Smile!! For this, Mrs. Webb should be honored as a winner of the Pursuit of Excellence Award."

Ms. Webb, you are a shining example of excellence!


Ms. Butts began her career with the Baldwin County School District in 2015 and has the privilege of ensuring the students are fed a well balanced healthy meal. She is affectionately known as “Ms. Kristy” by her co-workers and students. She was nominated by her co-worker, Ms. Terry Harper, who had the following to say about Ms. Butts:

“Miss Kristy is part of our lunchroom staff. She brings our breakfast and lunch to our classroom every day. She always greets us and the children with a cheerful good morning and a smile. She truly cares about the children and goes out of her way to make sure they are taken care of. We love our “Miss Kristy."

Ms. Butts, thank you for being a model of excellence!

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