Award Info & Nomination Link
The JCPS Difference Maker Award is presented to district staff members and community partners who've gone above and beyond to serve our students, staff members and schools. Difference Makers are individuals, teams or groups who have made (or are making) a difference in our district. Nominate a Difference Maker here!
JCPS will thank all Difference Makers nominated, and some, like those pictured below, will be recognized monthly at the JCPS Board of Education meeting. We love to spotlight Difference Makers that are tied to each of our three organizational pillars: Learning, Partnerships and Stewardship.
MARCH 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKERS
Rachel Rademan, South School Paraprofessional
Rachel was recently nominated by Director of Special Services Bridget Frank. Rachel is a Difference Maker for applying some of the strategies that she learned at the Thompson Center Training with the student she works with who has significant mobility issues. As a result, the student is becoming more independent and more engaged in school. The student has learned important skills that allow her to take care of herself not only at school but for life. Just one example of how Rachel goes above and beyond on a daily basis.
Rachel is pictured second from left, with Special Services Director Bridget Frank, South School Principal Angela Otiker and Superintendent Larry Linthacum.
JCPS Social Workers
March is Social Worker Appreciation Month. We took this opportunity to recognize our JCPS Social Workers for their dedication to their profession and to the students and families in our district. Nominees are: Pam Gentry, Lisa Dierking, Mindie Friederich and Sonya Spruiell.
Pictured from left: Special Services Director Bridget Frank, Sonya Spruiell, Pam Gentry, Mindie Friederich and Lisa Dierking, with Superintendent Larry Linthacum.
Here are some words about each of the four honorees, from the Principal at the school, or one of the schools, they serve:
South Elementary Principal Angela Otiker says Mindie is a golden bridge between school and home for South School. She is always available to help out our office, parents, and students. Mindie is VITAL in helping South attendance in particular. She meets with the principal and students each Friday for our attendance incentive club, she makes phone calls, comes to meetings, and finds homes even when we don't have an address. Mindie is a GEM! South School would not be the same without Mindie's support! Mindie is a DIFFERENCE MAKER for our school and JCPS!.
East Elementary Principal Ryan Day says Sonya works hard to build strong relationships between the school and community. She also helps provide many needed resources to our families.
Lawson Elementary Principal Patricia Tavenner says this about Pam Gentry: Where to start with how much Pam helps at Lawson...she is phenomenal! She steps up to knock on doors to get information to parents, gets kids to school and forms signed when parents seem unreachable. She graciously steps up to serve in meetings for matters such as attendance to support families with getting alarms clocks, or those in need by supplying clothes and just overall parenting skill building. I could not say enough about the positive, cheerful and helpful attitude Pam brings to our school on a weekly, if not daily basis. Thank you, Pam! We appreciate you so much!!!
Southwest Early Childhood Center's Principal Nicole Langston says Lisa Dierking is the absolute heart of our school family. She has worked hard to create a community survey that first gathered the needs of our community and then she used this information to bring in over $100,000 to help families in need. Lisa has a heart of gold and is willing to go above and beyond to help all of those around her. Our community is blessed by her acts of kindness, commitment, and drive.
Dr. Deanne Fisher - Jefferson City Academic Center Principal and Cardio Challenge for Change Organizer
Dr. Deanne Fisher not only prepares students for learning and life outside of school, but encourages JCPS district employees to strive for a lifetime of health and wellness. In addition to her responsibilities as principal of the alternative school, Dr. Fisher, a woman of incredible energy, started the Cardio Challenge for Change in 2015. The Cardio Challenge for Change is a district event with two purposes: to promote health and wellness for JCPS district employees and to raise money for local nonprofit organizations within our community. We have had 100% participation by all district buildings for the last three years. As a result of Dr. Fisher’s vision and leadership, we have raised over $25,000 to support local nonprofits.
To view Difference Makers from the previous month, click here. Or, you can find an archive of all past honorees on the left side bar/menu of this page.