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.
MAY 2019 DIFFERENCE MAKERS
April Steinman, Kindergarten Teacher @ Moreau Heights
“Ms. Steinman has taught 2 of my children kindergarten now. She is a very sweet teacher and sends home additional practice for students to continue to practice skills. The practice allows the parents to engage with children to support the same goals. I appreciate the extra effort she makes for her students!” -parent of a student
“Ms. Steinman's absolute calling was to teach kindergarten. She loves and teaches the children as if they are her own. My student is doing reading, writing and math at a very complex level and LOVES to go to school each day. My daughter would tell you that, aside from her mama, Ms. Steinman is her favorite person!” -parent of a student
“I have worked with April for 3 years now, and I could NOT imagine a better teammate. From the beginning, she has guided me, taught me, and supported me. I have learned so much from her these past 3 years, and I thoroughly enjoy working with her every day!” -Lindsey Hammann, Colleague
Amanda McCutchen, 6th Grade Teacher @ TJMS
“I have been an ABLE volunteer reading tutor at Thomas Jefferson middle school for the past five years. I have been quite impressed by Ms. McCutchen's interest in her students and her involvement with ABLE. She takes the time to personally make observations and recommendations to better help each student and tutor. The process of improving the reading skills of young middle school students is essential if they are to have any hope of success later in life. I always looked forward to contacts and suggestions from Amanda. It is very pleasant to be considered as part of a team dedicated to upgrading the reading skills of sixth grade students.” - Frank Ryck, Community Member
JCPS School Nurses...in recognition of National School Nurse's Day, May 8th
School nurses are instrumental in the identification and referral to community resources for health risks and are often the only health professional who see students on a regular basis.
School nurses are responsible for (& why each of these support our Stewardship tenant):
+Significantly decreasing the amount of days missed due to asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism, accounting for more than 14 million missed days annually
+Managing students with chronic conditions such as diabetes and seizures to allow them to stay in class
+Identifying and treating accidents and injuries
+Counseling students about physical and emotional issues
Healthy Children = Academic Success!
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.