Congratulations to Our August Employees of the Month!

Each month, our partner school districts submit glowing reviews of our employees, from which we select four employees of the month. We’re pleased to recognize our honorees from August 2021!

Ruth Sylvester
Savannah Chatham County Public School System, GA

Ruth was nominated by Brock Elementary School Nutrition Manager Sheneka King, who wrote: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ruth Sylvester for the last three years. Ms. Sylvester comes to work on time and never misses a day. During the pandemic, my whole staff of nutrition assistants became unavailable to work and Ms. Sylvester was there to help me through it all.

Her positive spirit and willingness to work inspires and uplifts me every day. I really value her work ethic – she works hard and is always going the extra mile. Ruth is a great asset to our nutrition department, and I am so proud of her. She’s also a woman who has thirst for more knowledge and is currently furthering her education. As a token of my appreciation, I dedicate this nomination to her success!”

Sarah Kirby
Clare Public Schools, MI

Sarah was nominated by Clare Primary School Principal Tracy Lubs, who wrote: “Sarah began working at Clare Primary School at the beginning of last school year. In the span of a week, she had to learn our student information system so she could enroll the entire kindergarten class. This involved inputting all new enrollments, assigning students to classrooms, and printing out letters to notify parents of their child’s teacher. All of this while the school was trying to reopen with new COVID protocols in place.

This year, Sarah returned to our school with a new student information system, a school email change, and many students to enroll. Through both of these tumultuous school year starts, Sarah remained calm, positive, and met the significant needs of 80 staff members and 600 parents. Sarah has been an amazing addition to our staff and parents often comment on her positive demeanor and soft-spoken manner of solving problems without letting anything bother her. Sarah is truly exceptional!

Ora Peters
Taylor Community School Corporation, IN

Ora was nominated by Taylor High School Principal Steve Dishon, who wrote: “Ora Peters is our building-based substitute. She is in our building every day and does an exceptional job running classes for those teachers who are out. The kids know Mrs. Peters; they understand her expectations and behave as if their regular teachers are in the building. I have 100% confidence that order will maintain and work will get done with Mrs. Peters.

As a building administrator, it is a good feeling not worrying about what goes on while a teacher is absent, and it’s equally assuring to know that kids don’t lose an entire day of instruction. Furthermore, if her services are not needed at the high school on a given day, Mrs. Peters will fill in at our middle school. She is truly a team player and an asset to the Taylor Community School Corporation. Please consider Mrs. Peters for this award. She is definitely worthy.”

Roni Sisco
Beal City Public Schools, MI

Roni was nominated by Beal City Public Schools Business Manager Rodney Freeze, who wrote: “Roni has really stepped up for our district and for the students of Beal City but in particular, for one student. We had a student who developed a tumor and became completely blind during their kindergarten year. At that time, Roni volunteered to be this student’s one-on-one paraprofessional.

Over the last two years, Roni has worked with the student and started learning braille so that she can help the student learn braille. She has also written grants to help the district with the added costs of educating a blind student and works with the student’s teacher to help prepare lesson plans. This summer, Roni gave up part of her summer to go with the student to a special program for blind students. Roni is a great employee and is making an impact in the lives of all Beal City elementary students – particularly this one student. Thanks, Roni!”

Congratulations and keep up the excellent work!