School-Related Employee of the Year

Danielle Cook, executive secretary for the St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Community Relations Department, has been named St. Johns County’s 2013-2014 School-Related Employee of the Year. Her selection was announced by last year’s School-Related Employee of the Year Gloria Gatewood at a reception held Tuesday, April 15 at First Coast Technical College.

Cook was selected from 41 nominees for her exemplary job performance, dedication, interpersonal skills, leadership ability and training to upgrade skills as well as her contributions to individual schools and the district office.

She has been employed as an executive secretary in the Community Relations Department for four years, and has worked for the SJCSD for 13 years. She assists the Community Relations Director and staff members in overseeing the department’s budget, developing the Superintendent’s Weekly Report and collateral materials, coordinating the district’s recognitions and awards presentations at monthly School Board meetings, and organizing multiple district focus groups. She has an integral role in the production of events including the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K run/walk and the American Youth Character Awards banquet.

“Mrs. Cook embodies such a wonderful attitude and enthusiasm for her work and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done right,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “She is extremely responsible and always looks for ways to positively impact the district.” She possesses exemplary interpersonal and communication skills. Cook is a very loyal member of the Community Relations team and works tirelessly to help her coworkers on events, activities and tasks that do not fall within her job description. In addition, she is constantly looking for opportunities to gain more knowledge and then to share that knowledge with others. Her enthusiasm for the school district and the community is evident in everything she does.

Cook’s name and information packet has been forwarded to the Florida Department of Education as SJCSD’s representative.