Fourth Quarter Shining Stars

Fourth Quarter Shining Stars
Posted on 05/19/2021
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These teachers and staff shine bright as our fourth quarter Shining Stars! Read what their nominators had to say about our winners below.

Linda Korell

Linda Korell, Reading Interventionist, Edison

Linda comes to work every single day with a positive attitude and that attitude radiates to others. Linda has worked countless hours to make and prepare extra resources for her students and co-workers to aid in learning and teaching, beginning during her summer break last year. Linda is always reading new material and is very active in continuing education. She is always coming up with new ways for students to learn and retain information. For example, when teaching a new letter, Linda would dress up for that letter to help her students remember, but also be fun and interactive with the lesson. She is active in the classrooms, by pushing in and teaching lessons. She takes time for her students and co-workers and she does it with a very positive attitude and a smile on her face.

Kay Hayes

Kay Hayes, Counseling Office Secretary, Central 

Kay is the front-line person for a very busy office. She remembers every tiny detail that I oftentimes forget. One of the things that impresses me most about Kay is her ability to greet new students and their families. Kay patiently explains district policies and needed documentation for enrollment. I observe Kay consistently interacting with these families with calmness, respect, and grace. She has a knack for making everyone feel welcome and important and as the student begins in a new school. Making the student and parent feel comfortable, provides a much smoother transition, which leads to student success. Kay is a perfectionist and keeps notes to avoid any confusion. Kay is a shining star in our office. I can't imagine how ineffectively our office would run without the daily professional influence of Kay.

Megan McCamy

Megan McCamy, College 101 Teacher, Central 

Megan has gone over and beyond in doing her job. This was my first child going to college and I did not have a clue on deadlines and what to do to get him prepared. She took the reins and guided him along the path and in doing so, has helped him to achieve the acceptance of many scholarships. Not only did she help him through the semester that he was enrolled in her class, but she did not stop when the class ended. She has continued to check in with him and make sure that he is keeping up on grades and such to keep him in good standing to achieve great things in his future. I am so grateful for the knowledge she has shared with my son, and the opportunities she has helped to offer him. My son will now be attending Mizzou in the fall of 2021, with almost all his tuition and room and board paid for. Talk about making a difference in a young man’s life, thank you for taking the time to care.

Denise Mereness

Denise Mereness, 5th Grade Teacher, Mark Twain

Denise is a born educator! She handles the classroom with professionalism, while still utilizing her sense of humor to inspire and mold the minds of all students who are fortunate enough to be in her classroom. Her ability to combine rigorous instruction with high expectations and mix it with fun is one of the reasons most former students list her as their favorite teacher. Although she is gifted in teaching, it’s the relationships she develops with each student that make her so effective. All her students know how much she cares about them as people and wants only for them to succeed. Her entire life is centered around service both professionally and personally. Everyone who encounters her is blessed with her generosity and loving heart. 

Kaleb Johnson

Kaleb Johnson, 5th Grade Teachers, Hyde 

Kaleb goes above and beyond for the teachers and students at Hyde. He took time to teach all of the teachers how to navigate Canvas at the beginning of the year while also creating the curriculum for Virtual Academy. He did all of this while also welcoming new students into his classroom during a pandemic and learned to do remote learning. He incorporated the new BreakoutEd for his students to get them more engaged and taught his team how to use them. He creates a positive environment for all staff members and makes everyone feel welcome. He tells everyone what a great job they are doing to boost their confidence during this tough year. 

Beery Johnson

Beery Johnson, Principal, Benton

This has been a difficult 4th quarter. We lost one of our Assistant Principals, Luke McCoy, suddenly. Beery has not only done his job, he has worked tirelessly to cover all of the jobs left undone when Luke passed. His ability to care for staff and students during this difficult time has not wavered. He has been a rock for staff and a kind supportive voice for students while taking over the planning and training of EOC's, summer school, discipline, parent contacts, and monitoring Luke's seniors and their progress towards graduation. He has added several nights of coverage to his already overloaded schedule. When a SJSD employee nears retirement they often step back and take the easy road. Beery has dug in and supported the Southside in his final quarter with this district with unquestionable strength. 

John Davison

John Davison, Principal, Pickett

He goes above and beyond at every event, helps organize, and rolls his sleeves up to make each event successful. This is also how he leads our building. He jumps right in and is a true team player. You can catch him reading books to second graders, chasing the 1st graders on chase day, or mentoring our 6th graders. He has been a listening ear for every teacher concern, every parent, but most of all our kids. John hates when people catch him in his good acts. He knows each student by name, he knows their families, he asks about their sports, their dogs, their interests. John knows his staff and their families, asks about them, offers prayers, the list goes on and on. 

Stacy Kovac

Stacy Kovac, Nurse, Hillyard Technical Center

Stacy Kovac was assigned this school year to Hillyard Technical Center. As a new addition to our staff, Stacy joined our team in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Being new to our building, she was not familiar with our staff, students, or environment. Mrs. Kovac provided our building with accurate and detailed information as to how to protect our staff and students from the virus and kept us informed of any changes or concerns regarding this pandemic. The requirements of her position during this time did not confine her work to the regularly scheduled school hours as she fielded and made calls in the evenings and on weekends to communicate with staff, students, and families affected by the quarantines. She has also inspired the staff to participate in a building focus on getting healthier. Stacy has been a tremendous addition to our staff and a true model of trust, accountability, and outstanding work ethic.

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