Trudy DuPont-Tedder, Head Start paraprofessional at South Woods Elementary School (SWES), has been named St. Johns County’s 2011-2012 School-Related Employee of the Year. Her selection was announced by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner at a reception held Thursday, March 22 at First Coast Technical College.
DuPont-Tedder was selected from 37 nominees for her exemplary job performance, dedication, interpersonal skills, leadership ability, training to upgrade skills and contributions to the school and district environment.
DuPont-Tedder has been employed as a Head Start paraprofessional for five years. Her commitment to the youngest and most need-driven children at SWES and its surrounding community is unparalleled. She was instrumental in the school’s opening in 2005 and her support has only continued to grow.
Displaying an exceptional attitude and enthusiasm for her work, DuPont-Tedder takes, what may seem to some as, the most mundane tasks and turn them into wonderful opportunities for children and staff at her school. Her positive attitude resonates with the children, staff and members of the community.
In addition to her assigned duties, she is extremely active in many community organizations and service events. Her dedication to events and projects is so strong that she participates in whatever needs to be done to ensure that these activities are successful and properly supported.
Dupont-Tedder’s name has been forwarded to the Florida Department of Education where she will compete at the regional level.
The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) has received a Sunny Award for the third year in a row. This award is given to the most transparent government websites in the country by the editors of Sunshine Review. The SJCSD website received an A+ on a 10-point transparency checklist.
This year, the SJCSD is one of only 214 government websites out of 6,000 in the nation to receive the Sunny Award. It is also one of only 13 school districts in Florida to be selected.
“We are grateful for this recognition again as it remains a testament to the work of everyone within the school district,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “It is paramount for taxpayers to know that we are a good steward of district resources and that they can trust the School Board to make good decisions.”
Editors looked at content available on government and school district websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.
This award coincides with Sunshine Week being observed this week, March 11-17.
The 2011-2012 School-Related Employees of the Year have been selected from each of the district’s 34 schools, along with two district representatives. School-related employees enhance the educational experience for the children whose lives they touch, and they are essential to the successful operation of a school or school district office.
These nominees were chosen for the significant contributions they have made in their schools and community, and to the school district as a whole. Criteria for the award includes exemplary job performance, dedication on the job, interpersonal skills, leadership ability, in-service/training to upgrade skills and contributions to the school and school district environment.
A district-wide screening committee has reviewed all of the nominations and the winner of the St. Johns County School-Related Employee of the Year will be announced at a reception to honor all of the nominees scheduled Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College. The St. Johns County nominee will go on to compete at the regional level.
A list of the 2011-2012 School-Related Employees of the Year is below.
2011-2012 SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR
||Bartram Trail High School
||Creekside High School
||John A. Crookshank Elementary School
||Cunningham Creek Elementary School
||Durbin Creek Elementary School
||Educational Support Services Department
||First Coast Technical College
||Fruit Cove Middle School
||Gaines and Transition Alternative School
||W. D. Hartley Elementary School
||Hickory Creek Elementary School
||R. B. Hunt Elementary School
||Human Resources Department
||Julington Creek Elementary School
||Ketterlinus Elementary School
|Barbara Ann Cervantez
||Alice B. Landrum Middle School
||Liberty Pines Academy
||Otis A. Mason Elementary School
||Pedro Menendez High School
|Russell “Rusty” Mink
||Mill Creek Elementary School
||R. J. Murray Middle School
||Allen D. Nease High School
||Ocean Palms Elementary School
||Osceola Elementary School
||Pacetti Bay Middle School
||Ponte Vedra High School
||PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School
||Gamble Rogers Middle School
||Sebastian Middle School
||South Woods Elementary School
||St. Augustine High School
||St. Johns Technical High School
||Switzerland Point Middle School
||The Webster School
||Timberlin Creek Elementary School
||Wards Creek Elementary School