Photo: School Board Chairman Greg Thomas, Wakulla's Volunteer of the Year Lisa Watson, Superintendent Bobby Pearce
Photo by Rhonda Stevens
Lisa Watson has been selected as the 2016 District Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year for Wakulla County. She volunteers her time and talents at Riversprings Middle School, where her daughter is in seventh grade.
Nominees come from teachers and administrators at the schools. Then the District Outstanding Volunteer of the Year is selected based on the following state criteria: years served, hours per week, impact on students, impact on schools, evidence of a service attitude, and evidence of service beyond one’s own child or children.
“This is quite an honor to be nominated by the people you have the most impact on every day,” states Superintendent Bobby Pearce. “We could not accomplish as much as we do in this school system without all of our selfless volunteers.”
Watson gives at least 24 hours per week to help out at Riversprings Middle School. Since she has been a volunteer for two years at RMS, she has donated over 1800 hours of service.
She mainly volunteers with the very successful RMS Band, directed by music teacher Carmen Williams. He appreciates all of the things she helps with including managing band uniforms, organizing fund raisers, keeping track of band volunteers, and facilitating band activities. Yet it is her positive attitude and pleasant demeanor that he praises most, noticing that she leaves the students and parents who work with her happier every day.
“There are so many details to running a band program that can take time away from the actual teaching of music,” RMS Principal Michele Yeomans observes. “I can’t even begin to list the ways Lisa Watson sees what needs to be done before she is even asked. She has a way of knowing how she can best help teachers and students without expecting any thanks for herself.”
Each of the seventy-two school districts in the state chooses their Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
Florida Department of Education then names regional winners. Wakulla is in Region 1, consisting of 36 North Florida school districts, including those as large as St. John’s County and Leon County. There are five regions in the state.
Chief Instructional Officer Beth Mims is also the Volunteer Coordinator for Wakulla County School District and spearheads the application process.