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May 6, 2016
GISD Teacher Honored as a Teacher of the Year!
Killotta Tartt-Wall, a GISD Head Start Teacher, was honored by President Obama at the White House on May 3 as a National Head Start Teacher of the Year!
Her nominator, GISD Head Start Director Lauren Chom, noted the following, “Killotta is an amazing preschool teacher with a calm, nurturing approach, infectious smile, and endless enthusiasm. She demonstrates a passion for working with at-risk families and children and works tirelessly to help each child overcome challenges, develop skills, and learn all that they can learn. Killotta partners closely with families to help ensure their child's success, encouraging parent involvement in the classroom and active involvement at home in helping parents develop their child's knowledge and skills. Killotta is an innovative teacher who has successfully integrated the use of technology in her classroom to help her preschool students achieve their maximum potential. Over her ten years of dedicated service to Head Start in Flint, Michigan, she has served many special needs children using high quality inclusion strategies. Killotta understands the challenges that many of our Flint families face, and partners with them to wrap resources, support, and education around their child and their family to help them overcome obstacles they may face in achieving their goals. In this period of the water crisis in Flint, Killotta is a shining star in bringing hope and success to the children and families she impacts daily in her classroom.”
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Killotta. You make GISD proud!
Communication Crew Update
The GISD Navigator Communication Crew has been working on several district marketing and communications projects intended to attract employees to GISD, introduce new employees and the greater community to the roles and services of our organization, and gather problem-solving ideas that benefit our students and staff. Working in partnership with the Human Resources department, crew members have developed ideas and content that are being shaped into the district’s new recruitment brochure. The goal of the brochure is to highlight the many aspects that make GISD a great place to work! A new GISD video that features the many services and programs of our organization is also nearing completion. Communication Crew members are working to complete a final review of the new video and expect that it will be rolled out soon at a GISD Onboarding session.
Most recently, as a follow-up to the employee engagement survey, the Communication Crew has partnered with GISD administration on a staff interview project that will seek ideas and positive solutions to help our organization continuously improve and empower leadership at all levels. Be on the lookout for the May 13 edition of Payday Note for more information about this exciting new way to engage GISD staff!
GCI Student Awarded Scholarship
Congratulations to Genesee Career Institute (GCI) student Jamier Wilkes, who received a $1,000 Jon H. Poteat Scholarship.
Jamier is a second-year National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) student in the Health Occupations field. GCI Instructor and NTHS Advisor Linda Smith, who had the honor of presenting Jamier with the scholarship stated, “I am so very proud of Jamier and his accomplishments over the past two years”!
The NTHS honors the achievements of the top Career Technical Education students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.
The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship, named in honor and memory of the co-founder of the Society, is awarded annually to a NTHS member who consistently exemplifies the seven character attributes of the NTHS: Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership.
Thanks to the support of GISD staff and others, the Donate Your Soles shoe drive was a huge success! 1,785 pairs of shoes were collected to help those in need, to support Transition Center programs, and to help keep shoes out of landfills. The shoe drive was incorporated into the Transition Center’s job skills curriculum, with pickup and delivery of the shoes being done by students. Transition Center students also sorted, counted, cleaned, and bagged the shoes.
The Transition Center held a Dance Your Soles Off raffle at a school dance to encourage shoe donations by students, and staff also had a competition to see which group could collect the most pairs of shoes. Mr. Ballew’s team won a pizza party by collecting 192 pairs of shoes, and Mrs. Chase’s team came in second place by collecting 176 pairs of shoes.