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February Employees of the Month
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Ashtchin Kilmer - Vidor Elementary Teacher
Vidor Elementary teacher Ashtchin Kilmer began her working life as a registered nurse, but quickly decided that wasn't where she wanted to be. Her love of children and working with them was her heart's desire, and for the past seven years, that's what she has done.  After teaching Pre-Kindergarten, principal Jeff Leger asked her to move up to second grade. "After some soul searching, she graciously accepted.  She took on a heavy load this year and is overcoming many obstacles.  She not only moved up but is also our teacher for second grade ESL students and is a mentor."  Kilmer also serves on the campus and district site-based decision making committees and is a member of the newly-piloted committee for designed thinking.  Leger says, "Mrs. Kilmer has a never-give-up attitude.  She strives to learn as much as possible about her craft and to become the best in her field.  She cares about her students in a way that administrators desire for all teachers to emulate.  Kilmer has a particular interest in our special populations and promotes a sense of fair play for all." 
Gina Bass
Gina Bass, Vidor Middle School

Vidor Middle School's Employee of the Month is P.E. teacher Gina Bass.  She was nominated by Angela Simmons, Kim Gebhart, and Kim Hinch.  She is viewed as being dedicated to her job, taking time to plan new activities targeted to get her students involved in the lesson. She is able to plan her lessons using limited equipment and space, important because she has lost equipment and space after Harvey.  Her class size is usually around two hundred students.  She keeps a smile on her face and is always positive.  In addition to her middle school responsibilities, she coaches the Vidor High School girls track team. She is seen as a friend both at work and away from work, and is an asset to the school and the district.
Lauren Buckley
Lauren Buckley, Oak Forest Elementary

Lauren Buckley is Oak Forest's February Employee of the Month.  She has seven years of service and was nominated in honor of Counselor Appreciation Month.  She is seen by the staff as working tirelessly to meet the needs of the Oak Forest students.​  She has been dedicated to seeing that the donations of supplies, books, bicycles, and other things given to their school have gotten to the students who needed them most.  At Christmas, Mrs. Buckley contacted many parents to set up opportunities to supply students with gifts.  She coordinated deliveries, as well as bike and helmet donations from Academy and other donors.  This year especially, students have needed a little extra comfort and guidance due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  She is never too busy to spend time seeing to these needs.  Her kind and gentle guidance help these students to be successful.  There is never a time that she is asked to lend a hand that she is too busy. Her cheerful smile and can-do attitude makes her a truly valuable asset to the Oak Forest campus. Outside of school, Mrs. Buckley is a busy wife and mother who also volunteers countless hours at her church, Pine Forest Baptist.

Ginger Faul

Ginger Faul, Vidor High School

Vidor High School recognized Brigadette director Ginger Faul as their Employee of the Month. Faul was nominated by Susan Touchstone.  She has twenty-six years of service. Touchstone says that Faul is an exemplary model for the students who works tirelessly, especially this year, to keep her program top notch.  "Ginger has experienced great personal loss this year as many of us have.  But what sets her apart is that not only did she lose her home in the Harvey flood, she also lost EVERYTHING in her classroom.  She truly has had NO place to call 'home.' Yet she has done everything in her power to make this the best year it can be for her girls. She has come through all of this with that beautiful smile and awesome attitude intact!"

Tiffany Wyatt

Tiffany Wyatt, Pine Forest Elementary

Pine Forest's Employee of the Month is Tiffany Wyatt.  She is a teacher's aide in her first year. PreKindergarten teacher Lori Carpenter says this," After having the SAME classroom aide for twenty years, I chose Ms. Wyatt to fill some big shoes...AND FILL THEM SHE DID!  She is a very caring and compassionate person with our four year olds. She is always willing to help any child who comes to her for help. I have enjoyed watching her BEAM when a child finally writes his name after she has helped him for so long. They truly love her and so do I. I am very lucky to have found someone who was a PERFECT MATCH for my classroom!"  Carpenter goes on to say that they lost a very special student to CPS this year, and she and Wyatt both cried, worrying about him and what would become of him.  She has a great love for students and is a great asset in the classroom.
VJHS RTI Teachers
Leslie Wingate, Laury Ford, Wendy Ardis, Melissa Price, Kendra Burks - Vidor JH
Vidor Junior High nominated their RTI screening team for Employee of the Month. The team consists of Kendra Burks, Melissa Price, Leslie Wingate, Wendy Ardis, and Laury Ford.  They were nominated by principal James McDowell.  "This team," he says, "is responsible for carrying out the universal screener that assesses student abilities in math and reading three times a year.  The information pulled from the screener is essential to helping ensure that students receive the interventions they need. This team effectively and efficiently screens every student on the junior high campus three times a year, while causing minimal disruption to instruction.  It is quite a task to get every student through the screener, but they do a great job of accomplishing this in a timely manner."



Employee of the Month Nominations
Please consider who you might nominate from your campus or department to be employee of the month. You may print the form from the link below. Send it to your campus principal or department director. A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR SUBMISSION FOR YOUR NOMINEE TO BE CONSIDERED. Photos may also be emailed to

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