The Employee of the Month award for March is awarded to Blair Dorris, instructional coach at Morales Junior High! Mrs. Dorris has served the students of our district for 13 years with love and compassion. She is often described as one of the strongest advocates for Uvalde C.I.S.D. She can always be found with a smile and a positive attitude 100% of the time. Mrs. Dorris has served our district in many capacities from teacher, instructional coach to a student organization sponsor, there is no limit to her service. Most recently Mrs. Dorris was asked to teach ELAR classes in addition to her instructional coach duties. When Blair was asked to go back into the classroom she never hesitated and agreed to do it all while smiling. She was willing to do this because she carries in heart that our students come first. In addition, she has spent countless hours on evenings and weekends working with data to build the campus groups for instructional purposes. Mrs. Dorris actions of support extends past the classroom, PLC room, and to include a recent drive with a friend to San Antonio who needed her support and her company to help not feel anxious and nervous. Mrs. Dorris also serves the campus as a sponsor for the Sigma Pearl Girls. She dedicates quality time to working with a group of young girls in building self esteem, leadership qualities and providing them the opportunity to see the many future possibilities. In addition to leading this chapter of the Girl Scouts she is also very involved in her younger daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. We are proud to announce Blair Dorris as our Employee of the Month for March!
The Employee of the Month award for February is awarded to three individuals in the Child Nutrition Department. We are proud to announce Aurora Barrera, Chef Marcus Lopez and Chef Rene Guerrero as our Employees of the Month. These individuals have extended the services of our Child Nutrition Department beyond preparing and serving meals during breakfast and lunch. You will often see these individuals on campuses interacting with our students in many programs such as Roving Chef, Harvest Markets, Healthy Eating presentations and much more. The Child Nutrition Department is also involved in events that take them out into our community to support our students and staff. You may have seen them at the Tough Cookie 5k, Principals in the Park, as well as catering events such as the Fine Arts Review, Military Ball and the Uvalde CISD Dinner and Awards Ceremony. These dedicated individuals work countless hours on the weekends as well as early morning hours to prepare for catering requests within our school district and for the community.
This “Powerhouse Team” also supports our UHS Culinary Arts program and Chef Marcus. With the support of his team, Chef Marcus is able to run a “Breakfast Club” for Culinary Arts students, organize field trips to Five Star Restaurants, provide First Aid Certifications and has begun plans to add a Food Trailer to the lunch service at Uvalde High School. In addition Chef Marcus teaches three classes at the High School as part of our Culinary Arts strand. It is amazing what can be accomplished when individuals work together as a team! Please join our district in congratulating and thanking Aurora Barrera, Chef Marcus Lopez and Chef Rene Guerrero for being excellent role models and for all that they do for our district!
This monthly recognition began in October 2014 utilizing an online form. District employees can be nominated by their supervisors, colleagues, community members, students, parents, etc. on an ongoing basis. A selection committee meets to review all nominations for the month to select one Employee of the Month. Nomination Forms are located on the Uvalde C.I.S.D. website (www.ucisd.net) on the Employee of the Month webpage. Nominations are to be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, interoffice mail or dropped off at Central Office. Employee of the Month will be announced in the
Uvalde C.I.S.D. has partnered with IBC Bank and KVOU Radio to promote and encourage scholastic excellence among students. Students enter an essay-writing contest with the topic “Why I Should be the Scholar of the Month.” Teachers choose one composition to represent their classroom. Compositions are turned into a campus leadership team, which selected one winner from sixth and seventh grade to represent each grade level. The Scholar of the Month recognition took place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Flores Middle School to recognize 6th grade student Madison McCullough and 7th grade student Briana Mata.
Students were presented with a $100 minor savings account courtesy of IBC Bank, will be mentioned in congratulatory announcements on KVOU Radio, and enjoyed a congratulatory lunch with school administration, parents, representatives from IBC Bank and KVOU Radio prepared especially by Southwest Excellence Foodservice for the special recognition.
Briana’s winning essay included the following statements; “Since I was younger, I always valued the importance of education. I always strive to do my absolute best in every single class with a 100% effort because I believe you should do your best in everything to the end with all of the effort you can put in. That’s my motivation in school and anything else I seek to accomplish.”
Pictured in the photo: (left to right) Rocio Perry (KVOU), Clarie Trevino (IBC), Margot Mata (Mom), Briana (Scholar), Carlos Mata (Dad), and Krista Hays (Principal)
Madison’s winning essay included the following statements; “Try your hardest, even when times are tough. That is a motto that I have used for myself for as long as I can remember. School has never been easy for me. I am honored to be nominated for Scholar of the Month. I am deserving of the honor because I am committed to my work and I help my school to be a better place.”
Pictured in the photo: (left to right) Rocio Perry (KVOU), Clarie Trevino (IBC), Kyle McCullough (Dad), Madison (Scholar), Allison McCullugh (Mom), and Krista Hays (Principal)
The Employee of the Month for January is awarded to Sarah Herndon, Secretary for Transportation. Sarah is a remarkable team player! Upon joining the Transportation Department Sarah served a dual role continuing to support the Athletic Director during the search for just the right candidate to fill the secretary position for about two months. Sarah was gracious in supporting Mrs. Cardenas in her new role as Athletic Secretary. She is always available to provide the Athletic Department, as well as all departments, any necessary support needed upon request. Sarah leads by example and is always ready to lend a helping hand regardless of her job description. Mr. Ramirez shares, “Our staff is definitely stronger with her and she always looks for ways to encourage us all to work together.” Please join our district in congratulating and thanking Mrs. Sarah Herndon for being an excellent role model and for all that she does for our district!
The Employee of the Month for December is awarded to Anne Marie Espinoza, Executive Director for Communications and Marketing. Mrs. Espinoza always presents a positive attitude about our district and is committed to ensuring our students and staff are fully recognized for their accomplishments. She views her responsibilities to our district as a 24/7 and she personifies more than you would ever expect from a person in her position. Mrs. Espinoza's character, integrity and reputation in the Uvalde community has dramatically increased the positive awareness of our district to our parents and the public in general. Her glowing personality, boundless energy and always smiling face makes me wonder if she ever has a bad day like the rest of us. It goes without saying that Mrs. Espinoza, it seems, has an unlimited capacity for task accomplishment and normal working hours are not a part of her daily routine. She is consistently dedicated to accomplishing what is in the best interest of our district and our
students regardless of the hour of day or night or weekend. Her expertise is second to none. Mrs. Espinoza's character, integrity and reputation sets the example for all of us to follow. She genuinely cares for her fellow workers but her love for the students of our district is exceptional. Her leadership by example, positive attitude, and loyalty to our district is deserving of public recognition for a job done exceeding well. Please join our district in congratulating and thanking Mrs. Espinoza for all that she does for our district with any task necessary to be ready to serve our students.
The Employee of the Month award for October is awarded to Lauren Morgan! Mrs. Morgan serves our district as a nurse at our Uvalde High School campus. Her campus assignment served as no boundary, when she received a call from our transportation department. Mrs. Morgan jumped into action to offer her services to our students and bus driver at the scene of a bus accident. She did an amazing job and was essential in coordinating information to campus nurses and providing district medical oversight. While a scene of an accident can be nerve wrecking, Mrs. Morgan conducted herself with the utmost professional mannerisms and caring support to our students and bus driver. Her interaction with the transportation director, EMS, students, and campus nurses was an essential factor of the quick response by our district. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Morgan serving our students and staff as a nurse! Mrs. Morgan is an excellent role model as Uvalde CISD Employee of the Month. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Mrs. Morgan for her service to our district.