Wonderful Aspiring Valued Employee Service
A publication of the Public Relations Department of New Hanover County Schools April 2012
G oing A bove & B eyond Three NHCS Employees Exemplify Exceptional Customer Service
This month, WAVES recognizes three NHCS employees - Dominique Allen, custodian at Blair, Brian Jones, social worker at Murray, and Gary Harris Exceptional Children’s teacher assistant at NHHS - for their commitment to the students and fellow employees of NHCS. Here’s what their colleagues had to say about them. “Dominique comes in several days a week to facilitate a book club with some of the boys who need help with their reading. He is known to create behavior incentives for some of our little ones with struggles and provides rewards when they meet their goals. He keeps a pocket full of ice cream tickets on Fridays for those students who cannot afford to buy ice cream.”
Heather Hurd, LCSW Licensed Clinical Therapist
Dominique Allen Custodian - Blair
“Since joining our staff during the 2010-11 school year, Mr. Allen has served Blair as a custodian and role model to students. He builds relationships with our students and will often times talk to them regarding academics and behaviors that directly affect them now and in the future. He does his job with pride and ‘owns’ his building. While our custodial team cleans assigned sections, Mr. Allen is quick to respond to any area needing immediate attention.”
Karen McCarty, Assistant Principal
“Brian is ALWAYS there for anyone who needs him, whether they are staff or student. He has a great rapport with the students. He is able to get things done and get answers with his easy, approachable manner. He never Brian Jones hesitates to help Social Worker - Murray out a teacher and always takes time out of his super busy schedule to listen to our needs, no matter what they are. Mr. Jones is a sponsor of ROCAME and works so hard to give students the best opportunities possible. He doesn’t settle for second best and pushes our students to strive to do better. He offers great support to our students...helps them check their grades, works on organizational skills and even counsels students to work on behavior management. He runs numerous programs here at Murray from the student talent show to assisting with the backpack food program. Our school would not be what it is today with out Brian Jones. He is the backbone of our community and makes this a great place to work everyday.”
“Gary helps ALL kids either at school or in the community. I can’t tell you how many times he is getting other students involved with activities. He always volunteers to help with school activities. He also feeds the homeless every Tuesday night and when you go to help, there are always kids there helping. They even come back on college breaks to help. He works with his church’s youth groups, takes mission trips with kids, and is in charge of the FCA here at NHHS. The list goes on and on.” Missy Macinowski, Exceptional Children’s Teacher
Gary Harris Teacher Assistant - NHHS
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Darmaris O’Connor, 7th Grade Science/ Social Studies Teacher Do you know of a NHCS employee who goes Above and Beyond in their role? If so, please email [email protected]
net and share why you think the employee deserves to be recognized as a NHCS Above and Beyond Employee.
THE DOCtOR IS IN: NHCS Educator Receives Doctorate Degree Kim O’Briant, Lead Staff Development Coordinator - Instruction, has
Kim O’Briant, Ed.D.
obtained her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Watson School of Education. Dr. O’Briant defended her dissertation entitled, “The Impact of Online Professional Development on Teacher Practice and Student Learning.” She will graduate on May 11, 2012. “Obtaining my doctorate was an incredible experience,” said Dr. O’Briant. “With my dissertation focusing on online professional development, I will be able to share what I have gained with fellow educators as the district moves forward with providing online professional development opportunities.”
During her last semester of study, Dr. O’Briant found time in her busy schedule to participate as a model in the Dress for Success Fashion Show, Dress for Success Fashion Show Models which was a part of the Community Job Fair on February 18, 2012. Julius Berry, ISS Coordinator - Noble, & Dr. Kim O’Briant
E m p l oye e All-Stars Eddie Anderson, Director of NHCS
Facility Planning, is the recipient of the 2012 Planner of the Year Award, the highest and most distinguished individual honor conferred by the North Carolina Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). In addition to the state honor, Mr. Anderson has also received the national Southeast Region Planner of the Year Award. He will now be the southeast region’s nominee for the International Planner of the Year Award, which will be awarded in September at the World Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Jo Todd, Child Nutrition driver and
assistant at Isaac Bear and Roland-Grise, received the State Child Nutrition “Heart of the Program” Award. This award recognizes nonmanagement staff who exhibit an extraordinary commitment to the nutrition program. She was nominated for the prestigious award because of her excellent customer service skills and genuine interest in the Child Nutrition program. Ms. Todd is a certified Child Nutrition assistant and a member through the School Nutrition Association (SNA).
Ashley Sutton, Director of Finance,
has been awarded the individual Award of Financial Reporting Achievement by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the sixth consecutive year as the primary individual responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). NHCS’ CAFR was able to meet the GFOA’s high standards and demonstrated a constructive “spirit of disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
Clary French, third grade teacher at Murrayville, was selected
as WWAY’s Teacher of the Week. News anchor Chris Phillips presented Ms. French with a check for $300 sponsored by WWAY NewsChannel 3, Parkway Automotive Group, Your Neighborhood Scotchman, and Perry’s Emporium. Congratulations Clary!
Stephens, art teacher at Carolina Beach, received a grant from Donors Choose for art supplies valued at $190. She received two complete classroom kits of basket-making supplies. Fifth grade students used the supplies to make authentic baskets. While creating the baskets, students learned about the craft of basket weaving and how it was part of early settlers’ lives in North Carolina and South Carolina. Outstanding Brooke!
D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy Principal Appointed
Mr. Irizarry to take the Helm in May
Eric Irizarry has been appointed as the new principal of D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. A Wilmington resident and former NHCS educator, he returns to the district from Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School where he is currently serving as the middle school principal. In addition to his education roles, Mr.Irizarry is the Curriculum Director and Co-Founder of the Wilmington Housing Authority’s and UNCW’s Reading Program, an after-school reading program for economically disadvantaged youth. He is also a member of SEAAM, Seahawks for Empowering African American Males, an organization concentrating on the needs of African American males at the university and in the surrounding community, and he is active on the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Education Action Team. Mr. Irizarry will begin his position as the principal of D.C. Virgo on May 5th. His office will be located at the NHCS Administration Building until July 2012.
Hart to Hart: Husband & Wife Earn Teacher of the Year Awards Brandon Hart, math teacher at Hoggard, and his wife, Candace, third grade teacher at Supply Elementary in Brunswick County, have each won their respective school’s 20122013 Teacher of the Year Award. The husband and wife educator team met while attending UNCW’s Watson School of Education and working at the local Texas Roadhouse restaurant. The couple both began teaching in 2003, and along the way, Mr. Hart earned his Masters in Education - Curriculum and Instructional Supervision in 2006, and Mrs. Hart achieved National Board Certification in 2010. Mr. Hart, along with fellow NHCS Teachers of the Year, will be honored during the New Hanover County Board of Education and Wells Fargo Foundation Educator of the Year Banquet on Wednesday, June 6th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Ashley High School cafeteria.
Brandon and Candace Hart with their son, Britton, and daughter, Taylor.
Employee N E W S John
Dubendorf Transportation, and Jeanne Dubendorf, Finance - Lead
Payroll Support Associate Holland, on the loss of John’s father, John M. Dubendorf, on March 26, 2012.
Dot Doak-Hill, Human Resources Benefits Support Associate, on the loss of her sister, Eunice Barlow, on March 19, 2012.
to Dale Pelsey-Becton, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Accountability, and husband, Nick, on the graduation of their son, Nicholas Julian Becton, from Virginia Tech University on May 11, 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Residential Property Management.
Congratulations to Miriam Salas, fifth grade teacher - Wrightsboro, on receiving her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education.
Each month, WAVES features a segment, Employee News, to announce important events in employees’ lives, Births, College Graduations, Deaths, Marriages, and Military Appointments. The announcements should be submitted in writing to [email protected]
or fax (910) 254-4477. News items should be regarding employees or employees’ family members (i.e. children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, etc.) and should include all names involved and pertinent dates. News items should be no more than six months old.
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Dr. Tim Markley
Chief Communications Officer & Managing Editor
Graphic Designer, Photographer & Writer
New Hanover County Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.
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