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Congratulations to Our January Pursuit of Excellence Winners



Congratulations to the January Pursuit of Excellence Award winners!


Ninco Byrd

Paraprofessional at Midway Hills Academy


Ninco Byrd is relatively new to the Baldwin County School district, working in her first school year as a Paraprofessional at Midway Hills Academy and has already established herself as a model of excellence. Ms. Byrd was nominated by her colleague, Tasha Andrews.


Ms. Andrews had the following to say: “Ms. Byrd exemplifies the words: 'Kind' and 'Servant'. She is very thoughtful and considerate of others and does not withhold ‘Honor’ be it small or great. There is a saying about giving people their flowers while they yet live. Ms. Byrd has a way of making people feel the love this world needs. As the caring person she is, she exhibits that love through giving which I believe is her love language. She goes over and beyond her call of duty being an asset to the Baldwin County School District, especially Midway Hills Academy. She has a servant’s heart and contributes however she is needed. If her administrator needs her to cover a class or classes, she willingly does it. If a colleague needs assistance with something, she is there to answer the call. When there is a committee with a vision, she is there as a team player to help bring that vision to life. I have never heard Ms. Byrd say “No” when being asked to fulfill a duty. She humbly says okay with no questions asked. I, myself, was a paraprofessional for 15 years and understand the highs and lows of this position. When it comes to serving our students, Ms. Byrd never complains. I respect her for being that soldier that leaves no one behind. She is not someone who sits back and waits to be told to assist, she observes and asks how she can be of assistance. She possesses leadership qualities that we all can learn from. This is why I think Ms. Byrd should be the PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE winner!!!”


Ms. Byrd, thank you for being the epitome of excellence!


Sonya Murray

School Counselor at Midway Hills Primary


Sonya Murray has been working for the Baldwin County School District for over 24 years and currently works as the School Counselor at Midway Hills Primary. Ms. Murray was nominated by her colleague, Anna Dunn.


Anna Dunn had the following to say: “Ms. Murray is our new school counselor and she has been doing a phenomenal job. She works hard at fostering MHP students' social, emotional and personal growth. You can often catch Ms. Murray anywhere around the school offering a smile and a helping hand. Ms. Murray is great at giving hugs and helping MHP scholars solve their problems. She is a great listener to everyone and notices the feelings of others. We are so fortunate and glad to have such an awesome counselor."


Ms. Murray, thank you for modeling excellence!


Samantha Payne

1st Grade Teacher at Lakeview Primary


Samantha Payne has worked for the Baldwin County School District for over three years. She currently works as a Teacher at Lakeview Primary. Ms. Payne was nominated by her colleague, Linda Colwell.


Ms. Colwell had the following to say: “Ms. Payne is masterful at all things digital. I have observed her countless times stepping in to solve technical issues around the school. It doesn’t matter if it is a fellow teacher, a student, a parent, or even an administrator, Ms. Payne is the one who always offers to help. She does so effortlessly and quickly. If the issue is unfamiliar to her, then her mind seems to immediately switch to a list of troubleshooting ideas.


She is also an excellent teacher, a great mentor, and a trustworthy colleague. Her pedagogical philosophy paired with her technological brilliance makes her a force to be reckoned with. I hold Ms. Payne in the highest regard and feel she is absolutely worth the Pursuit of Excellence award."


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


Jessica Tucker

Lead Head Start Teacher at the Early Learning Center


Jessica Tucker has been working for the Baldwin County School District for over 13 years. Mrs. Tucker is currently working as the Lead Head Start Teacher at the Early Learning Center. Mrs. Tucker was nominated by her colleague, Chastity Hurley.


Ms. Hurley had the following to say: “I think Mrs. Tucker deserves to win because she comes to work willing and ready to teach our little ones with compassion and love daily. Without a doubt, she will put a smile on your face with her sense of humor. This will be my second year working with Jessica, but it feels like years because we make a great team in and outside of the classroom. She deserves this award for all of her hard work and determination throughout the years. She loves everyone and is willing to help others in need. Working beside her, Mrs. Tucker has taught me how to be strong and set positive examples for others to see. I hope to one day be a great educator like Mrs. Jessica Tucker."

Mrs. Tucker, thank you for being a shining example of excellence!


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