The March Employee of the Month is Donna Morgan, Shadeville Elementary School Paraprofessional. For more than a dozen years Morgan has been making a difference in the lives of Shadeville students. After graduating from Wakulla High School Morgan secured a job in Quincy. One day, Assistant Principal Lessie Crum asked Morgan, whose children attended Shadeville, “Are you still driving to Quincy to work?” And rest is history.
Morgan enjoys working with the people she is surrounded by each day at Shadeville. She adds, “I am a mother of three children. I expect the best for them and I carry that same expectation into my classroom each day.”
Shadeville Principal Susan Brazier adds, “Donna Morgan is an integral part of the academic, social and emotional growth and success of the students in Mrs. Vause’s class. New challenges are presented each day and Mrs. Morgan never misses a beat. She is always positive, smiling and filled with good ole common sense solutions. Not only is she an outstanding paraprofessional in the classroom, but come rain, shine, sleet or snow she is one of my right hand folks at bus duty. Donna is dedicated, hardworking very rarely misses a day of work. She is a loyal member of the Shadeville team and we are blessed to work with an employee of her stature.”
March Teacher of the Month is Crawfordville Elementary School teacher, Erin Henderson. Henderson has been teaching students since October 2011, beginning as a part-time reading remediation teacher at Crawfordville, then transferring to WEC as a Pre-K teacher and currently as a first grade teacher at Crawfordville Elementary School. She shares, “I always wanted to be part of the school system. All three of my children have attended Wakulla County Schools. I was fortunate to be able to complete my practicums and internship in Wakulla County.”
Originally from Leon County, Henderson is a graduate of Flagler College, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She adds, “I love getting to be the students’ personal cheerleader and coach. As they learn new things, I enjoy showing them the progress that they have made. Their faces light up, and they become more confident.”
Henderson contributes to the school team by serving as the Sunshine committee chair, the co-leader of Crafty Cougars, and a member of the SACS parental involvement committee.
Crawfordville Principal Angie Walker notes, “Mrs. Henderson is a kind, generous, patient teacher who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of her student. She even seeks out the most concerning kindergartners, requesting that they be placed in her classroom when they are promoted to first grade. She wants the opportunity to provide an educational environment that offers support along with compassion and understanding. Mrs. Henderson has been selected as Teacher of the Month by her peers because they know her heart and dedication to our students and our school. She is a perfect representation of our school and what we always strive to be for our young cougars.”
Anne Thurmond, Riversprings Middle School ESE teacher, is also recognized as a March Teacher of the Month. Thurmond has been teaching students since 1981 and worked at Wakulla Middle School, Crawfordville Elementary, COAST Charter School prior to joining the RMS Team. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Geraldine McCoy, who worked for more than 20 years for the District, Thurmond always knew she wanted to be a part of the great people in Wakulla she grew up hearing about.
Originally from Tallahassee, Thurmond received her undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida and her graduate degree in Reading and Language Arts from FSU. She explains, “Each of my students has a marvelously unique personality that brings joy to the classroom. It’s a daily adventure to discover each student’s strengths and learning styles to best meet their academic, social and motor skills needs. I am especially thankful for my team of paraprofessionals. Their hard work, diligence and compassion are a huge part of the success of our students.”