The Wakulla County School Board and Superintendent applaud the dedication and energetic contributions the following employees tirelessly give each day on behalf of the students, parents and Wakulla County community. They are each an integral part of the success of our school system.
The January Employee of the Month is Ron Parker, Riversink Elementary School Custodian. Prior to working at Riversink Elementary School, Parker was a baker at Publix Supermarket for 25 years. He learned about the position from his wife, Lisa Parker, who encouraged him to apply.
Parker grew up in the north Florida area attending Havana Elementary, Griffin Middle School and SAIL High School. When asked what he likes most about the job he is quick to say, “The staff and the students.”
Parker enjoys interacting with the students and being a part of the Riversink staff. He takes great pride in keeping the school clean and safe and sites the Spring Festival as one of the highlights.
Riversink Operations Foreman Charlie Peltier shares, “Ron Parker is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. He always keeps a positive attitude and has the ability to keep everyone around him smiling.”
January Teacher of the Month is Lauralee Moore, Shadeville Elementary School First Grade Teacher. Moore began her teaching career in 2010 teaching a fourth grade ESE inclusion class. Prior to that she was the Vice-President at Skin Therapy of North Florida.
As a product of the Wakulla County School District, Moore was excited to get a teaching position within a week of receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Flagler College. Moore adds, “There are many things about teaching that I love. I love that things are ever changing and exciting. I love that we are always striving to improve, overcome obstacles in learning, and reach goals. The best part of my job is the “lightbulb” moment, when you witness children learning to read a new word or solve a difficult math problem. The pride and smile that crosses their face when they realize what they have just achieved is pricelss.”
Beyond the classroom, Moore serves as the Chair of the School Sunshine Committee and the Health and Wellness Coach. She also serves as a volunteer as the Tallahassee Memorial Animal Assisted Therapy.
Shadeville Principal Susan Brazier touts Moore’s skills and character. She notes, “Lauralee Moore is an amazing educator. She is energetic, enthusiastic, and willing to do whatever it takes to make learning meaningful, interesting, as well as a lot of fun. She has spent several summers teaching abroad and has done a wonderful job brining the world back to her students. Students under her direction are taught using Kagan Structures as well as The Daily 5 increasing student engagement and learning. Miss Moore has a very cute therapy trained puppy, Gertie, who joins the class on Fridays for adventures in reading. Our school is certainly a better place to teach and learning because of Miss Moore.”
Wakulla High School selected Matt Higgins as their January Teacher of the Month representative. Higgins has been serving the students of Wakulla High School since August 2005, when he started as a paraprofessional and the War Eagle athletic trainer. In 2010 he was hired to teach math. Before he joined the War Eagle team, Higgins was a teacher and athletic trainer at Coral Springs Charter School.
Growing up in North Florida and graduating from FSU with a master’s degree in sports management, Higgins cites helping students and athletes overcome obstacles as one of his favorite things about the job. “As a teacher and athletic trainer I am able to help students with their academics and with their sports. It is very rewarding to work with the great students at WHS who take pride in their work and appreciate those who help them become successful,” shares Higgins.
WHS Principal Mike Barwick adds, “Mr. Higgins is one of the most dedicated, hardworking individuals at WHS. It is very challenging to have to be at every home athletic event and then come in everyday and teach as hard as he does. Mr. Higgins takes great pride in educating every one of his students. He is an excellent teacher and we are very blessed and fortunate to have him here at WHS.”