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Previous Years Employee Of The Month
2020 - 2021 Employee Of The Month
June 2021 - Maria Oubre
Walking towards Ms. Oubre’s Pre-Kindergarten class at Miller’s Point Elementary, you can hear the giggles and singing coming from her classroom. Her students sit together engaged and soaking in all the fun lessons Ms. Oubre has planned for the day. Ms. Oubre comes to school every day with a smile and a mission to teach each adorable little face with love and kindness. She provides her students with a listening ear, guidance, and encouragement on how to nurture their students both academically and emotionally at home. Ms. Oubre has a kind and humble heart. She not only teaches her students with grace and passion, but she teaches them as if they were her own. Her devotion can also be seen when her former students return, and they greet one another with a big smile and open arms. This quote was used to describe Ms. Oubre on her nomination form, “All educators should teach with a heartbeat or heart song like Ms. Oubre, for the world would be a much kinder place to be.” Congratulations to Ms. Maria Oubre for being selected as the Judson ISD employee of the month for June. Superintendent Dr. Ball and Miller’s Point Principal Ms. Smejkal surprised Ms. Oubre in her classroom with her award, followed by some fun songs by her students. We are honored to have educators like Ms. Oubre here at Judson ISD.
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May 2021 - Daryan Baros
It is a fitting month to celebrate this particular individual who has gone above and beyond to make sure the students at Judson ISD are receiving the highest quality of teaching. This week we celebrate all teachers but in particular we are celebrating 4th grade math teacher from Ed Franz Elementary School, Ms. Daryan Baros.
Ms. Baros is known for finding interactive and engaging work for her students to practice their knowledge and understanding. She is described as a person who always has a smile on her face and is willing to go the extra mile for any student, parent, or coworker. Ms. Baros is known for her hard work and dedication to her craft. She was caught off guard when Principal Lofton called her to the front office, only to be surprised by Superintendent Dr. Ball with her award. We are honored to have her as a teacher for Judson ISD and appreciate all she does for the students at JISD and specifically at Franz ES. Congratulations, Ms. Baros.
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April 2021 - Christine Treanor
For Ms. Treanor from Veterans Memorial HS her students are her first priority. She cares about the success of each one of them even if it takes afternoon phone calls and weekly check-ins with parents. She is a golf coach and English honors teacher who recently really made an impact on one student. A 10th grade virtual student struggled with her dyslexia – reading and specifically English class does not come easy to her. Ms. Treanor provides the students parents with upcoming titles and novels so they can get a head start at home. Ms. Treanor goes above and beyond to make sure her students succeed. Her dedication to her student really makes her a big asset to our Judson ISD family and she is well deserving of the recognition of Judson ISD employee of the month.
March 2021 - Tom Walker
Tom Walker is a Judson HS alum and started working for the district two weeks after graduation in 1991. Judson pride runs through Tom Walker's veins. He is the maintenance supervisor for Judson ISD and is known for his willingness to lend a helping hand with a smile. After work, he loves spending time with his wife Paula and their boys at church, coaching or watching football as a family. Teamwork is something fundamental in the maintenance department. Mr. Walker likes to share a story from 1997 when he and his team arrived to work one morning when Judson HS was hosting the first baseball playoff game with East Central. They soon became aware that someone had broken into the complex, put a water hose on the pitcher’s mound, and turned it on. Because of this, the sand for the mound and third base side of the infield was gone. Coaches and athletics crew were determined not to let the vandalism hinder the game. They all worked together to rebuild the entire field, and the game was a go. Working as a team in the heat and mud just proved to Mr. Walker and all who were involved that they could do anything that is needed to do for the district to overcome any adversity. Mr. Walker uses this story to continue that same solidarity and motivation to do whatever it takes to this day. We are proud to have a lifelong employee like Mr. Walker in the district and are honored to name him JISD employee of the month for March.
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February 2021 - Virginia Lee
As a mother and grandmother, Ms. Virginia Lee, the receptionist at Metzger MS, knows how important it is to be involved and be an advocate for the students at Judson ISD. Ms. Lee has been an employee at Judson ISD for 11 years. Throughout her career, she has created relationships with the parents that walk into her school knowing that there is always some way to relate to them. She is known as a person with a big heart that lives to help others. Her friendliness is never-ending as well as her smile and laugh. She loves her Metzger community and likes to give back which is why she has sponsored the angel tree every year, working with the social workers to identify students that are in need to sponsor a Christmas gift. We would like to congratulate Ms. Lee as the Judson ISD employee of the month. Her positive attitude and commitment to the students at JISD is outstanding.
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January 2021 - Dr. Laura Medone
Becoming the Judson ISD employee of the month was a recognition Dr. Medone from Judson HS was shocked to receive. Her team thought otherwise – JHS Principal Hernandez and his team led the way with drums and cheers as superintendent Dr. Ball delivered the surprise. Dr. Medone is known for working tirelessly to make sure her students and teachers are supported and was a perfect nominee for the award.
Dr. Medone has worked for JISD for 14 years, starting as a 7th grade teacher at Kirby Middle School then eventually becoming an ESL teacher for the Rockets at Judson HS. Students are what make her days feel accomplished, seeing their growth and being able to see them transform is her greatest experience. She feels a strong sense of support working at Judson HS – “It’s a strong community between the students and teachers”. Her favorite part of the school year is graduation because it is an accomplishment she gets to experience alongside her students. On her free time, she likes to be in nature – bike rides and swimming are peaceful activities she enjoys. Alongside her passion for her students she enjoys research in education. Dr. Medone says she is honored to be recognized as the Judson ISD January employee of the month.
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December 2020 - Elisa Husek
Ms. Elisa Husek couldn’t hold back the tears when she was surprised as the December employee of the month. Ms. Husek has been an employee at Judson ISD for 23 years, she is known for being loyal, dependable and a hard worker. She started her journey at Judson ISD as a single mom with 3 kids enrolled in the district - which made her decision to work at Judson ISD a perfect combination. Ms. Husek has been with the Curriculum and Instruction Department since she started 23 years ago. She is currently the secretary to the Assistant Superintendent. When she isn’t at work, she loves to craft, spend time in her garden, but especially spend time with her two grandchildren. She has always felt a sense of home and family here at Judson ISD. Ms. Husek loves that she gets to meet so many people and every day is a new exciting day.
Ms. Husek will be retiring at the end of December - we wish her the best of luck on her next journey as she will be missed.
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November 2020 - Donna Gutierrez
Coronado Village teacher Ms. Donna Gutierrez has been involved with Judson ISD since her own children were students. She became a substitute teacher then and Instructional assistant with an A. P. P. L . E. classroom while earning her degree and certification. She is known for being a teacher with grace and love for her students, always going the extra mile for them. Ms. Gutierrez has been a teacher for 7 years and was in complete shock when she saw JISD superintendent Dr. Ball walk into her classroom, “I felt she may be lost and in need of direction” said Ms. Gutierrez. As her students cheered for her award Ms. Gutierrez spoke on how her students are what inspire her to keep teaching. She is the founder of the Toro running club which provides students the opportunity to be active and healthy. Students can run, jog, and walk, to improve physical fitness and have fun with friends. Health and fitness are a big part of Ms. Gutierrez’s daily life, afterschool you can find Ms. Gutierrez hiking and biking with her family and spending quality time with her grandchildren.
Congratulations to Ms. Donna Gutierrez from Coronado Village Elementary School for being selected as the Judson ISD November employee of the month.
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October 2020 - Jennifer Henson
Ms. Henson from Elolf Elementary was in complete shock when she saw her principal and the superintendent of Judson ISD walk into her classroom on Thursday afternoon.She has been selected as the October employee of the month for Judson ISD. Ms Henson has been a teacher for 14 years with eight of them at Judson ISD. She is a special education teacher at Elolf elementary. She has always loved working with kids even in college.Ms. Henson was nominated by a parent who’s child was struggling with the shift of online learning this year. Although the student is no longer in Ms. Henson’s class they were still able to reach out to her and get some guidance as to how to make their day better.Ms. Henson is known as a genuine person always willing to go out of her way to help other teachers and staff members at her campus.When not at school she is focused on her own four children at home which is community and family based.“My teacher heart is now full again” Ms. Henson says. We are so honored to have educators like Ms. Henson here at Judson ISD.Congratulations to the October employee of the month Ms. Jennifer Henson
September 2021 - Alissa Perez
Wagner HS college counselor Alissa Perez was surprised to see Dr. Ball and principal Duhart-Toppen walk into her office to award her the JISD employee of the month. Ms. Perez has been an employee of Judson ISD and specifically at Wagner HS for 3 years.
She is a UTSA roadrunner who found her passion for college advising while working at NE Lakeview helping incoming freshman register for classes. She knew she wanted to work with Judson ISD students and give them the opportunity they deserve for higher education. Her colleagues say Ms. Perez is a leader on campus, building relationships with the students. She is known for being kind, patient, hard working and dependable. You can always find Ms. Perez at a Wagner sporting event cheering on her students going above and beyond her daily duties.
We are blessed at Judson ISD to have educators like Ms. Perez and are honored to award her the September 2020 employee of the month. View all the photos
2019 - 2020 Employee of the Month
February 2020 - Yolanda Walker
The February JISD Employee of the Month is someone who helps set the tone and atmosphere among students, staff, and parents. She is Copperfield Elementary School Office Support Aide Yolanda Walker, she couldn't believe this award was for her. Ms Walker was beyond surprised to see she was chosen as the JISD employee of the month. Ms. Walker is energetic and positive to everyone she sees and has such a giving spirit about her. Her co-workers have explained how she keeps special snacks for some of the students that don’t get much of that at home. She has also been known to bring clothes and shoes to other students. Much of this is out of her own money because she cares and, as she puts it, “I just can’t tell them no.”
But most of all, Ms. Walker is one of those personalities that is a magnet to people who just need a little hug and encouragement…especially the children. They will run up to her when they see her at lunch. She knows their names and she can sense what they need. If you ask her for assistance with something, especially if it has to do with the students, she is always willing to help and many times will know more about how to assist the child or family than anyone else. For Ms. Walker, this is more than just a job, it’s a way of touching the lives of students and staff, and making a difference in their families. We congratulate Copperfield Elementary School’s Yolanda Walker the JISD Employee of the Month for February.
Ms. Walker with Dr. Ball and Copperfield Principal Sherri Wrather
January 2020 - Sheila Gibson
Metzger Health Teacher and Tennis Coach Sheila Gibson was totally floored when Dr. Ball walked in with the Employee of the Month award for her. For years, Ms. Gibson has been not only teaching the important basics of staying healthy and listening to their bodies, but she is so good at helping all students feel valued and a part of the group. This was made crystal clear by a parent who communicated to Dr. Ball about how Ms. Gibson works students of all levels of abilities into the classroom process and makes them comfortable enough to participate and be themselves. Knowing how to keep students of all backgrounds and capabilities engaged in what's being taught is a real gift. Her Principal is Ms. Loretta Davidson. We thank Ms. Gibson for sharing that with our Metzger Students. She is our Employee of the Month for January 2020!
November/December 2019 - Michael Dominguez
The November/December Employee of the Month was surprised recently at Judson High School. He is Mr. Michael Dominguez. He is versatile teacher who is an instructor in Social Studies, Personal Finance Literacy, and Mexican American Studies. He was basically floored by the presentation that was made by Dr. Ball in the administrative conference room on campus. Mr. Dominguez has been with JISD for five years and what makes this nomination special is that it came from one of his students. The nomination explained that he sets the bar high for his students and the majority of them meet the goals. Students feel comfortable talking to him about their goals and plans after graduation and he is always willing to help with college or military choices, and scholarship essays. Congratulations to Mr. Michael Dominguez, the JISD Employee of the Month.
October 2019 - Maria Bryan
Crestview Elementary Teacher Maria Bryan
The October Judson ISD Employee of the Month is Maria Bryan who is a Pre-K Bilingual Aide at Crestview Elementary School. Along with teaching some of our very youngest students, she is an accomplished artist and she uses that whenever she can to relate learning to her students. She also truly has such compassion for students. She created an almost life-sized painting of a tree in the school's front hall in memory of a first-grader lost to cancer. Ms. Bryan doesn't seek the limelight, but she is always willing to cheerfully do what's need like conducting language tests or writing out difficult translations. She is an all-star at not just Crestview, but in Judson ISD. Congratulations!
September 2019 - Karen Robb
The month of September is a time to recognize one of Judson ISD's wonderful employees. She is Karen Robb. Ms. Robb has been an integral part of the Business Services Department at the district office for 42 years. She is a real team player with a caring heart and is always baking delightful sweets for the office. She was surprised by Dr. Ball with flowers, candy, and a recognition certificate. We thank her for her longstanding service to the district. She'll retire at the end of this calendar year.
June 2019 - Catherine Tuttle
The Judson ISD Employee of the Month for the month of June is Catherine Tuttle who works in the Transportation Department. She was surprised recently during a department meeting by Dr. Ball and members of senior staff to recognized her commitment to her work. Ms. Tuttle has been described as a person who rarely is absent and always has the happiest attitude in helping others.
Ms. Tuttle does a lot for the JISD Transportation Department. She has worked with the district for more than 12 years. As the Judson Transportation Field Trip Coordinator for all campuses and specialty staff trips she has, to date, coordinated 2,177 Field Trips which required more than 3,000 vehicles. In addition, Ms. Tuttle assigns each driver their route, works with the Dispatch Office to assign buses, calculates the trip cost for each school, and many times drives a bus route herself. When transportation has a high number of field trips at night or weekends, she is always willing to be the on-call person to make sure everything runs right.
Congratulations to her for being an example to all of us!
May 2019 - Wilisha Hardeway
Ms. Wilisha Hardeway was surprised by Dr. Ball and Principal Tracey Valree who presented her with the honor.
Wilisha Hardeway, who is part of the counseling staff at Metzger Middle School, was blown away when she found Dr. Ball at her office to present her with the Employee of the Month award. Ms. Hardeway works as an 8th-grade counselor and is a huge advocate, confidant, and tremendous coworker at Metzger. She was nominated by Donna Tucker who describes her as having a great attitude with her students each day. Another description shows how she works with anyone who comes to her office.
"She is her student's number one advocate...she has built a relationship with her students since she first acquired them in 6th grade. She is an AMAZING and caring woman who loves children and being able to help them reach their potential. No one cheers louder for her 8th graders...she is right there encouraging them and letting her 8th graders know that they are more than capable."
April 2019 - John Lambert
Mr. John Lambert with Dr. Ball, Kirby MS Principal Jerome Johnson
Mr. John Lambert, who teaches history at Kirby Middle School was nominated and named the Judson ISD Employee of the Month. He was one of 30 nominations this past month. Mr. Lambert was surprised by Dr. Ball this first day of April with the award, but it was not an April Fool's joke...it was the real thing. Mr. Lambert was nominated by Melody Manescu also a Kirby Middle School teacher. Mr. Lambert shows a great attitude on a daily basis and his classroom is a place that is decorated to pull students into history and the importance of it. One way he does this is dressing the part of his lesson. When he began a lesson recently on The West, he dressed up as a cowboy and acted the part all day long. Congratulations Mr. John Lambert...our JISD Employee of the Month for April.