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.
NOVEMBER 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKERS
Kaitie Bax - Pioneer Trail Elementary
Nominated by: Angie Green, Parent of a Student
I just wanted to tell you that I had my parent teacher conference with my son Brody’s teacher, Mrs. Bax this past week. I wanted to express how thoroughly impressed I am by her teaching style and passion she shows for teaching Brody. That was probably one of the best PT conferences I have ever had - and I have been to a lot of them. She was very patient with our questions, didn’t rush us, answered everything we asked about and we could clearly see she truly cares about her students. It has been a long time since I have come across a teacher (if ever) with as much drive and desire as Mrs. Bax has for not only teaching Brody, but all of her students. I was really awestruck with relationship she has developed with Brody. We all know no child is perfect, mine included, however, the way she explained it to me, they have a sort of bond where they make each other laugh and joke all in the name of education. She can also get her point across to Brody without diminishing his spirit and making him feel angry, upset, etc. when he isn’t following the rules. She is certainly great at reading Brody and realizing what he needs to succeed, not only academically, but emotionally when he gets frustrated or agitated. I am beginning to realize this is almost, if not as equally, as important as the academics she teaches him as well. So after the magnificent conference with her, I wanted to pass along a note to you, that maybe you can even forward on to your supervisors, what a brilliant teacher I think she is and how fortunate Brody is to have her this year. I couldn’t be more pleased with his education so far and I am very excited to see what the rest of the year has in store. I think we are all too quick to complain about issues we don’t like, but rarely take the time to tell someone when they are doing a superb job. Thank you, Kaitie, for making a difference in Brody’s life - and in the lives of all of your 4th graders at Pioneer Trail.
Katie Epema - Southwest Early Childhood Center
Katie Epema takes her role as Parents as Teachers Coordinator at Southwest Early Childhood Center to heart in every way. In her time leading this effort, our Communications office has been impressed with her initiative to make the PAT program more accessible to parents and families in Jefferson City. She reached out to us with the idea to create both a PAT Facebook page and Twitter account to better share the information and mission of Parents as Teachers. Through her work with Jefferson City-area families, Katie witnessed a major need in our community - that one in three low-income families in America can't afford enough diapers for their children each month. Access to clean diapers improves babies’ overall health, prevents medical expenses and is directly correlated to maternal depression.
Jacob Adams - Jefferson City High School
While rounding, members of the Administrative Council have been asked by various and numerous staff members to please recognize Jacob Adams for all he’s doing to make the construction at JCHS run more smoothly than anticipated. For example, if staff members tell him drilling is prohibiting them from teaching, Jacob has the drilling ceased immediately. He is very student focused. It is also important to remember that he manages the construction project AND still serves students he is assigned to as their assistant principal. He does such a great job! Thank you, Jacob, for making the construction process smooth for your colleagues and students at JCHS. By doing your best to ensure learning can happen and eliminating obstacles for staff, you are truly making a difference during a very exciting, hectic, noisy, dusty and monumental era for JCHS!
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.