Meet Our SJSD Shining Stars
These teachers and staff shine bright as our first quarter Shining Stars!
Read what their nominators had to say about our winners below.
Rebecca Schilling, Assistant Principal, Robidoux
Rebecca Schilling constantly goes above and beyond for students and staff at Robidoux Middle School. She has the kindest heart and moral values that the students look up to. Her door is always open and she is eager to listen when the need arises. In this day and age, it is so important for children and adults alike to have someone to look up to and respect. Becky Schilling fulfills all of these. She can be the sunshine on a dark day or additional inspiration on a bright one. Becky has purchased clothes on multiple occasions for children from her personal account and showers staff in unique ways to make them feel appreciated. She is truly one in a million.
Nathaniel Stock, Family Involvement Coordinator, Mark Twain
I am honored to nominate Nate as one of St. Joseph School District's Shining Stars. Nate faces each day with a go-getter attitude. With his energetic personality, Nate faces each day with a smile. Not only does he fill his responsibilities as a FIC, but he goes above and beyond to make sure that students and staff have an extraordinary day. Nate ambitiously takes on any task without question or complaint. He has taken the time to develop unique and lasting relationships. He is trusting and compassionate with students and has cultivated valuable friendships with staff. His contagious smile and positive attitude resonate throughout the Mark Twain building. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than Nate.
Becky Carter, 1st Grade Teacher, Carden Park
Mrs. Carter is an exceptional teacher who has one of the biggest hearts I have encountered. She shows empathy, caring, and compassion to all students and staff at our school. She inspires others around her to give it all they have and to be resilient. Mrs. Carter volunteers to lead Climate Cadre and Carden Park's Student Council. She has turned around the climate in our school with the secret pal program and organizing staff outings. Becky helps when she is needed, steps up before being asked, and is always there with a smile and a joke when someone is in need. Mrs. Carter gives up her spare time to be a vital role in her students’ lives outside of the classroom and she can be found at their extracurricular activities and sporting events. Mrs. Carter is very deserving of this recognition.
LaTasha May, Paraprofessional, Skaith
Tasha forms relationships and connections with all the students she encounters. She is wonderful at finding each student's love language to connect with them. Students want to work for her because they know she truly cares about them. She has gone above and beyond to help students who are struggling by finding unique ways to connect with them. I am so thankful for the support Tasha gives to students and also to me as a classroom teacher. She is always willing and ready to help in any way possible.
Amy Mears, Administrative Assistant, Benton
Amy is the first person most see in the morning as they come into school and it is always with a beaming smile and a "how can I help" attitude. She has everything ready for substitutes, makes sure they have everything they need to be successful, and makes sure they can get into their rooms alright. She then checks on them during the day and makes sure all was well when they are ready to check out at the end of the day. For staff, Amy is the lifesaver for many. She helps them in so many ways it's impossible to know them all. And for students, she is their mom away from home. Many students come in to see her and she is so kind to them.
Brett Tillman, Engineer, Oak Grove
Mr. Brett was new to Oak Grove this year, and he has instantly become a favorite of staff and students alike. Not only does he work hard every day to keep our school sparkling, but his smile and friendly demeanor bring a little bit of sunshine into the day of any staff member, parent or student that he encounters. Brett reaches out to see what additional things need done around the building, pitching in to help with anything even if it is not within his job description. He is one of the kindest people. He has been such a valuable member of our team and he is the perfect example of an SJSD Shining Star.
Joyce Roberts, School Nurse, Pickett
Joyce goes above and beyond her daily title everyday. She is an outstanding nurse as well as a mentor, friend, advocate, and "doctor" (some younger students ask to go see the doctor). Joyce always has an open door and a smile on her face when you enter her office. She has more patience than anyone I know. If she hears of a student needing something she always tries to figure out ways to assist this student and/or family. She answers phone calls, calls families as needed and updates families on health concerns. She greets every student and staff that she passes in the halls with a smile. Joyce goes to PTA events and volunteers to help out with the activities. Everyday she does all of these things and more with a bright, cheerful attitude. Pickett is very lucky to have her as our nurse.
Katie Guinn, Senior Accountant, Administration Building
Katie amazes us with her work ethics, abilities, and attitude. Katie is someone you can look up to. She is a plethora of information and one of the reasons our office runs so smoothly. Katie leads with care and patience and is a joy to work with. There is no question too big or too small, she answers them ALL. She is very dedicated to her job. She will go out of her way to help anyone and everyone in the district. She is a great role model for us all. We should all love our district and our jobs as much as she does.