12 Wake County school employees receive excellence awards
Posted November 19, 2019 6:30 p.m. EST
Cary, N.C. — The Wake County Public School System honored 12 employees with excellence awards at Tuesday night's school board meeting.
The employees' names, titles and departments are below, as well as comments that were read about them at Tuesday's meeting:
Amber Wise – Sr. Administrator – Human Resources
Ms. Wise is responsive to the hiring needs of NE Area schools. She is a problem-solver who supports principals in finding ways to maximize human capital within the school building. She is friendly, visible in her schools, and always available to support, even after hours. In one descriptive word, she is Amazing!
Angela Kimble – Operations Manager - Transportation
Ms. Angela Kimble is a valued member of the Transportation Team. She has endured several resource challenges this school year. Despite this, she manages to keep a positive upbeat attitude, encourages her team and maintains a good working relationship with her administrators. She is a true asset and gem to the WCPSS Transportation Team!
Carrie Mast-Taylor – Audiologist – Special Education Services - Audiology
Ms. Mast-Taylor has been instrumental to ensuring the hearing-impaired program at Northwoods was functioning by the start of the school year. She has invested countless hours relocating the classroom, reviewing needs of students, training support staff, and helping to facilitate IEP meetings while the regular teacher was out on leave.
Elizabeth London & Wanda Barnett– Hearing impaired Coordinating Teachers – Hearing Impaired Department
Ms. London & Ms. Barnett have always gone above and beyond to support our Hearing Impaired students. They have helped to provide regular services to our students, trained a new Instructional Assistant in our HI classroom, facilitated IEP meetings, and developed lesson plans. They’ve done this and more for students at Northwoods Elementary School who aren't even on their caseload.
Jeff Cropper – Custodial Field Supervisor – Maintenance Department – Western District
Mr. Cropper has been nothing short of a godsend for White Oak since he began in the position this past winter. After losing our full-time custodian, he has supported White Oak with a floater, a temporary custodian and a changeover in contract vendors. He is supportive, helpful, responsive, kind and a wonderful asset to our school system.
Jody Barish – Clerical Asst (Special Projects Coordinator) - Green Level HS
Jody has been an outstanding addition to our school community in so many ways. In her role, she has her hands in so many projects that are shaping our school's culture and climate. Jody takes the proverbial baton and runs with it. What's most impressive, however, is how she does it all—with a smile on her face and with no complaints at all.
Rene Rosas – Custodian – Durant Road MS
Mr. Rene is not just an outstanding custodian; he is an essential part of our team. The level of pride he takes in his job is an inspiration. Our building is sparkling clean, but he is known just as much for his work ethic, dedication, and positive attitude. We're so grateful for him every day!
Sean O’Keefe – Customer Service Representative – Millbrook Transportation
Transportation can be a very stressful part of education, but Sean makes it so much easier. The level of communication he extends is unparalleled, which allows us to give our students and parents accurate and complete information. He even helps us get in touch with other areas and goes well above his assigned duties everyday.
Shawn Patil – Teacher – West Cary MS
Shawn Patil is a "Rock Star!" He is a relationship builder who is devoted to student learning; a coach getting the most out of his athletes; a cheerleader for student culture and events; a volunteer over the summer for cleaning, painting, and whatever the school needs; He will run through a brick wall for West Cary Students!
Shirley Britt – Lead Secretary – Fuquay Varina MS
Two words describe Ms. Britt......"loyal" and "dedicated'......for the past 20 years, Ms. Britt has served as the receptionist (13 years) and currently as the lead secretary (7 years). Her calm and pleasant demeanor has made her the perfect "face" of FVMS. She greets everyone with a smile and a kind word and does everything out of a servant's heart!
Stephen Sposato – Director – Transportation
With a little over a year in the director role, Stephen has shifted the culture in the Transportation Department. He led the planning of the district's first-ever day-long Summer Transportation Conference for 900+ employees. He also is working to improve the way the district recruits, trains and communicates with bus drivers.