The April Employee of the Month is School Bus Driver, Cindy Jensen. Jensen has been a school bus driver for Wakulla County School District since 2007. Prior to driving for the district she drove a city bus in Racine, Wisconsin. Jensen shares that after she relocated to Wakulla County she saw a school bus sitting in the parking lot at Winn-Dixie with a banner advertising for school bus drivers and she knew that would be a great fit.
Transportation Coordinates Pat Jones adds, “Ms. Jensen is a true professional. She is dedicated to the safety of each and every student she transports. In addition she effectively relates to all her students in a positive way. Ms. Jensen is pleasant and greets her students with a “good morning” and a “good-bye” each day with a smile. When it comes to keeping her bus clean, she is the Queen of clean buses. Her positive approach with her student gets their attention and she shares the importance of keeping a clean bus. Ms. Jensen is an outstanding bus driver. She is truly deserving of this recognition.”
April Teacher of the Month is Riversink Elementary School second grade teacher, Audra Stokley. Stokley has been teaching primary students at Riversink since it opened in 2008. Prior to joining the Otter Family, Stokley taught kindergarten in Orange and Escambia Counties. She shares, “After working in other school districts in Florida, I decided to move home. I wanted my children to have a chance to grow up in a high quality education system.”
Ms. Stokley is very familiar with the Wakulla County School System as she also grew up attending Shadeville, Wakulla Middle and Wakulla High. Her parents were instrumental in the success of the school district, serving as teachers, administrators and Superintendent. Following her graduation from Wakulla High, Stokley attended and graduated from the University of West Florida and the National University in San Diego, California.
She states, “I look forward to the energy and excitement for learning from the children. I love teaching second grade because students become more independent and take ownership of their learning. It is amazing to see a student take pride and recognize how far they have come during the course of one year.”
Riversink Principal Simeon Nelson adds, “I am pleased to honor Audra Stokley. She is a fundamental part of a high quality school system. Audra not only bring to the table her strong work ethic and delicate teaching style, but most importantly her aura of kindness and loving spirit for others.”
Adult Education teacher, Don Franks, is also recognized as an April Teacher of the Month. Franks has been teaching in the Adult Education program for a decade. He also continues to serve the United States Army as a Master Sergeant E8 in the reserve unit. Prior to teaching Franks served as a paralegal with the Attorney General’s Office.
Franks grew up in a small town in Southeast Texas known as Orange, Texas. He later moved to Florida and received his bachelor’s degree from FSU in Social Science and his master’s degree from FAMU in Educational Leadership.
Franks loves being a teacher. He shares, “Teaching is one of those rare professions that keeps your brain young, allowing you to continue your own journey as a student and lifelong learner. I believe an educator has to transform a student learning experience, making complex or unfamiliar material accessible, relevant, compelling and igniting their curiosity.”
Dod Walker adds, “Mr. Franks has been a dedicated and steady academic force in the Adult Education Program for ten years. His patience, combined with his encouraging teaching style is a perfect fit for adult learners. Whether he is teaching a 16 year old boy Algebra or helping a 50 year old woman with her science vocabulary, he approaches each with equal caring and consideration. He is a proud father, husband and I am happy to say, educator in Wakulla County.”