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January Employees of the Month
 
Krista King
Krista King, Pine Forest Elementary
Pine Forest Elementary librarian Krista King was named Vidor ISD's Employee of the Month.  She was nominated by first grade teacher Kelli Dial, who says, "Krista has transformed a traditional library into an engaging learning portal for all students. She has gone beyond checking out books in a quiet setting to a totally student-centered experience.  Student involvement has grown with her Lunch Bunch reading groups, Summer Reading incentives, and library assistants.  Last year she created an engaging lesson on dictionary skills for my first graders after I expressed my frustration with teaching the difficult skill.  Her most recent idea brought a piece of school to our students' homes.  Using our PTO Facebook page, students and their families anxiously anticipated which faculty member would read that night's Christmas book during her '12 Days of Christmas.'  These are only a few examples of her effect on our students. As a PFE employee, she's always willing to trade duty or cover someone's duty in an emergency situation, give Tech Tips and faculty meetings, and even help transform the library to a place for showers or retirement parties."


Leigh Gallier
Leigh Gallier, Vidor Elementary
Vidor Elementary's January Employee of the Month is Leigh Gallier. She was nominated by VE assistant principal Shannah Mackey, who says this:  "Leigh Gallier is a wonderful, giving person who lends a hand to all.  She works every day with a smile on her face and is very flexible to change up what she is doing in order to go and help wherever needed without a complaint or negativity.  She is a friend to everyone and her smile and enthusiasm are contagious.  A dear friend was going through a very traumatic season similar to one Mrs. Gallier had experienced a couple of years ago.  I asked her to share with me the best way to go about helping this friend. She gave sensitive, kind and sound advice that was extremely beneficial and well-received by my friend." 

Donna Narramore Donna Narramore, Oak Forest Elementary
Donna Narramore is Oak Forest's January Employee of the Month.  She was nominated by fellow English teacher Cherise Fawcett, who says, "I have witnessed her hard work and dedication to teaching reading. She is the first one to arrive at school and the last to leave.  Her attention to detail and students' individual needs is what every teacher strives for.  I consider it an honor to have had her as a mentor and to work alongside her in our district."  Mrs. Tara Stephenson, her grade level partner, agrees. "She teaches her content at a level at which all students can be successful. Yet it's challenging enough for those students needing to be pushed to reach their full potential. She spends a lot of time preparing lessons and always has innovative ways of teaching the material.  If I would have had her as a teacher as a younger child, I probably would have liked language arts much better."

Brandy Norris Brandy Norris, Vidor Jr. High
Vidor Junior High recognizes Brandy Norris as their January Employee of the Month.  She was nominated by Melissa Price and Kendra Burks.  "As a paraprofessional in the Content Mastery Math Lab, Mrs. Norris assists our students and will work tirelessly to help ensure a student understands a concept.  She is our 'right hand' in the lab and covers everything from providing accommodations and math support to providing encouragement and confidence. It is rare that a student comes in contact with Mrs. Norris at any point in the day and doesn't walk away with a smile on his face.  She has a way of uplifting the most heavy-hearted students. We have witnessed her convert students fearful of speaking to ones that talked endlessly by the completion of the school year. She has managed to take some of the most frail students and turn them into self-assured individuals.  To say Brandy Norris is an asset to our campus (and more specifically our math department) is an understatement. There is never a moment that she doesn't go above and beyond what is asked of her, and she always does so with a smile on her face. She takes initiative and will take on some of the least desirable duties even when not asked to do so. She never hesitates when someone is in need, whether it's big or small."
Tracie Smith Tracie Smith, Vidor High School
Tracie Smith is Vidor High School's Employee of the Month. She was nominated by Natalie Long, who says she was visiting VHS and stopped by one of the cafeterias to see if she could get help with her children's lunch accounts.  "When I entered, I was greeted by a staff member who was clearly prepping for a large lunch rush.  She came right over and asked how she could help me.  I told her I needed to add money to lunch accounts for children not in her school and that I didn't have their school ID numbers, no cash or check, and just a credit card on hand. What I really needed was her time.  I needed her to help me figure out what to do.  She never hesitated and immediately started to help me. She was so patient and took the time to help me track down lunch numbers, download an app, and walk through the registration process. She also gave me tips on refilling multiple accounts.  I was so impressed with her patience and happy demeanor.  I was also grateful that she never made me feel like she had other things to do or that I was a bother.  She asked me about my family and spoke about hers.  It was a really sweet interaction and she made my day."
Vidor MS Aides
Life Skills Classroom & Personal Aides, Vidor Middle School
Vidor Middle School recognizes their Life Skills classroom and personal aides, who were nominated by Life Skills teacher Mandi Downs.  They are Kelly Hayes, Julie Ashworth, Pam Valentine, Cindy White, and Bridget Smith.  They are seen as ladies who keep things running smoothly, and who pitch in even when it's not 'their job.'  Downs says, "They truly love the kids in the classroom and show them daily that they do.  They use their own money to purchase things for the kids, and I could not do my job without them.  They pitched in and bought Christmas gifts for a student who was getting nothing, and bought individual gifts for all thirteen of our students for Christmas."

 


   
   

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 sandrews@vidorisd.org.

Employee of the Month Form

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