TIGER— Rabun County Schools Employees of the Month for December were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, January 16.
Each school votes on employees of the month and coworkers make remarks about why that person was chosen. A County Officer employee is also chosen by one of the schools.
Jennifer Green was recognized as an employee of the month at Rabun County Primary School.
“Jennifer is so patient and kind and her students are so lucky to have someone like her,” coworkers remarked about Green. “She is always looking for ways to help others.”
Coworkers said that she never goes without a smile, no matter what she is doing.
Laura Welborn was also chosen from RCPS and coworkers say she is tremendously helpful.
“She helps tremendously with technology in the after-school program,” it was noted about Welborn.
“Laura is always willing to help others. When asked by administrators or peers to try something new, she’s always willing to try and never complains.”
She is also complemented about going above and beyond for students.
“She is a huge asset to the primary school,” coworkers praised.
Kelly Nixon is the Central Office Employee of the Month and was nominated by RCPS.
She was recognized for all that she does for the school system and having “a true heart of a Wildcat.”
“She’s very knowledgeable about everything,” it was said about Nixon. “She does it all with a smile on her face and never complains.”
Rabun County Elementary School chose Jessica Cantrell and Vicki Haralson as employees of the month.
Cantrell is the Media Specialist at RCES and coworkers say she works well with students and is compassionate.
“She has excelled in her service to students through her clever projects,” colleagues said. “Jessica truly makes a difference for the students and deserves to be recognized and we are glad that she is our employee of the month.”
For Haralson, colleagues said she goes above and beyond to make sure her students are taken care of.
“She goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is taken care of including students, faculty and her fellow custodians,” coworkers noted.
She was described as one of the hardest workers at RCES.
Rabun County Middle School chose Stefanie Taylor and Claudette Chastain as their employees of the month.
Taylor teaches middle school music and was described as someone who truly makes a difference in the lives of her students.
“She makes a difference with every child,” colleagues noted.
Taylor takes the first week of class to cover general music knowledge but then allows children to choose the instrument they want to play.
“She does a great job and makes a difference with all of our children.”
Chastain was described as someone who is always willing to help when needed. She builds a personal relationship with students.
“Every day she greets these children by name. Every single child who walks through the door.”
Rabun County High School recognized April Marshall and Tim Brown.
Marshall is the Math Department Chair and RCHS Principal Justin Spillers praised her for the phenomenal job she does teaching math when the curriculum guidelines from the state change often.
“April Marshall is exactly who you want leading that ship when those changes occur,” Spillers said. “She does a phenomenal job.”
Brown is the School Resource Officer and Spillers said that he does an excellent job keeping children safe.
“Our kids absolutely love him, but they respect him and that’s a fine balance you have to walk as an SRO,” Spillers said. “School safety is our number one priority.”
“He does a phenomenal job and I appreciate him,” Spillers said about Brown.
Jake Davis was recognized as the Transportation employee of the month and was praised for his commitment to Rabun County Schools.
Davis has been a bus driver for 8 years and has only missed one day out of 8 years, according to Marty Dixon, transportation director.
“If we had 32 Jakes, we wouldn’t have a thing to worry about,” Dixon said. “He takes a lot of pride in his job and does a great job and we appreciate what he does for Rabun County Schools.”
In other business, Board members voted to elect Steve Cabe as Chairman of the Board and Curtis Haban as the Vice-Chair of the Board.