Finalists Named For 2017 Brevard Public Schools Employee of the Year
By Space Coast Daily // December 1, 2016
winner announced at Awards Gala on January 25
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The field of nominees for Brevard Public Schools’ school-related employee of the year has been narrowed down to six finalists.
“These individuals represent all of the dedicated support staff members that we have throughout the county who always provide excellent service,” said Superintendent Desmond Blackburn. “I offer my heartiest congratulations and am proud to serve alongside them.”
Finalists include: Michael Anner, Audubon Elementary; Audrey Lampkin, Quest Elementary; Ruth Lyle, Meadowlane Primary Elementary; Jamie Skinner, Ralph Williams Elementary; Heather Spinneweber, Rockledge High; and Claudia Sprague, Roy Allen Elementary.
Assistant superintendents of leading and learning recently made surprise visits to notify the finalists at their respective schools.
These individuals were selected from among the 94 district Employee of the Year nominees submitted by individual schools and departments in recognition of their exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs.
The 2017 BPS school-related employee of the year will be chosen by a committee composed of education and community leaders in the formal selection process and will be announced during the ceremonies at the ABC Awards Gala on January 25, 2017, hosted by the Brevard Schools Foundation at the King Center in Melbourne.
The winner will be Brevard’s representative in the state’s 2017 Florida School Related Employee of the Year. Additional information on the six finalists follows.
Michael Anner, Audubon Elementary
Michael Anner’s contributions to Audubon Elementary on Merritt Island has gone above and beyond his role as custodian. In addition to his custodial duties, Anner spends time interacting with students.
He is a constant during lunch periods and most recently was the incentive for students to purchase and read books at the book fair. Anner posed for a poster and paper pirate clothing was added to his picture as books were purchased. He’s willing to bring the character to life by dressing as a pirate for the students.
Anner served as the acting head custodian during Audubon’s major summer construction projects. “Mr. Anner successfully organized and managed the plethora of contractors, engineers, and project managers who visited all while continuing his regular job of cleaning and preparing classrooms for school opening,” said Lisa Paniale, principal.
Audrey Lampkin, Quest Elementary
Audrey Lampkin’s title at Quest Elementary in Viera is school secretary, but her work ethic and skill set put her into many more roles. In addition to her secretarial duties, she works on the partners in education committee, as a liaison with the PTO, and is always on hand at lunch and in the morning crosswalk.
Lampkin has served the Quest community for more than a dozen years in several positions. “Ms. Lampkin’s greatest gift is her ability to be flexible and willingness to be a lifelong learner.
She is a supportive, hard worker and always there for everyone at Quest,” said Elia Lea, principal. “There is no end to her helpful attitude and wonderful personality.”
Ruth Lyle, Meadowlane Primary Elementary
For the past 13 years, Ruth Lyle has played a major role at Meadowlane Primary Elementary in West Melbourne, serving as an exceptional education instructional assistant. Within her position, Lyle assists the exceptional education instructional team in all academic areas and works with students with various disabilities.
Lyle is also very active within the Meadowlane community, cooking for her team, supporting students or families in need, volunteering to work in the hurricane shelter, and greeting students on the bus or in the car loop. Additionally, she has over 7,000 volunteer hours with BPS.
Lyle has a particular soft spot for international students. “Our unit has students from all over the world. I was able to complete 300 hours of English as a second language (ESOL). My ESOL class helps me work with our non-English speaking students,” Lyle said.
“It is hard enough for special kids to overcome their limitations and coming from another country makes it even harder.”
Jamie Skinner, Williams Elementary
Cafeteria manager, Jamie Skinner, has been at Ralph Williams Elementary in Rockledge, just since last spring. She has made an immediate impact on the team at that school using her problem-solving skills. Skinner started a culinary club for students supported by the school’s partners in education. She lives in the Williams community and is always active in school events.
“Ms. Skinner created customized meals for some of our students who struggle with healthy choices for lunch. One student has his grilled cheese sandwich cut into squares so that he can build like Minecraft to get him to eat better choices,” said Wesley Herold, assistant principal.
“During Matthew, our school was a shelter for special needs clients. She baked over 500 homemade cookies to keep our sheltered guests comforted during their stay. Ms. Skinner leads by example and always displays her big heart for all to see.”
Heather Spinneweber, Rockledge High
Heather Spinneweber, the school secretary at Rockledge High, has been on the job for six years and she believes that helping kids matters. She gets her greatest happiness in her job from working with students in the lowest quartile and offering support to at-risk students.
Spinneweber has been called the heart of that school by adults, students, and parents and is the go to person when anyone has a question, an issue, or needs a laugh or shoulder to cry on, according to principal, Victoria Hickey.
“Her humble grace enables her to reach everyone with a level of professionalism that demonstrates her values and a genuine desire to make a difference for everyone around her,” Hickey said. “She represents the core values that we are all asked to demonstrate every day.”
Claudia Sprague, Roy Allen Elementary
When one enters the bustling front office at Roy Allen Elementary in Melbourne, bookkeeper, Claudia Sprague can always be found in the center of things.
In addition to the financial responsibilities she has, Sprague is on call to help register a new student, give school tours to prospective families, nurse a skinned knee in the clinic, or serve on the car loop or morning crosswalk duty. Principal Lori Migliore shared many stories of Sprague’s love of students including helping one learn to ride a bike when he thought he couldn’t.
“Mrs. Sprague worked with (another) student who was having trouble fitting in at Roy Allen. She created a leadership opportunity for him. She explained to him that when he demonstrated a positive attitude and strong work ethic he could help her in the front office. She made him a badge that said ‘student leader’ and this boy turned his year around and became a strong leader because of her mentorship,” Migliore said.
BPS Employee of the Year nominees listed by location. Finalists are highlighted.
|Astronaut High||Terri L. Conklin||Certified Custodian|
|Bayside High||Deborah Doyle||Office Clerk|
|Central Middle||Junior Arjoon||Certified Custodian|
|Cocoa High||Brian Campanelli||Technology Associate|
|Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High||Stephen Adams||Technology Associate|
|DeLaura Middle||Fernando Colon||Certified Custodian|
|Edgewood Jr./Sr. High||Juana Frederick||Media Assistant|
|Eau Gallie High||Gladys Adorno||Instructional Assistant|
|Heritage High||Sharon Farides||Office Clerk|
|Hoover Middle||Patricia Rivera||Office Clerk|
|Jackson Middle||Amy L. Craddock||Guidance Data Clerk|
|Jefferson Middle||Rich Gaudet||Technology Associate|
|Johnson Middle||Pam Marshall||Attendance Clerk|
|Kennedy Middle||Rita Patient||Office Clerk|
|Madison Middle||Denise Fay||Office Clerk|
|McNair Magnet Middle||Jeannie McHellon||Head Custodian|
|Merritt Island High||Faith Kreiner||VPK Assistant|
|Melbourne High||Patricia Reed||Certified Custodian|
|Palm Bay High||Jaime Carro||Media Assistant|
|Rockledge High||Heather Spinneweber||School Secretary|
|Southwest Middle||Tammy McNutt||Senior Cafeteria Manager|
|Satellite High||Vanessa Miles||School Secretary|
|Space Coast Jr./Sr. High||Keri Weeks||Front Office Clerk|
|Stone Middle||Steve Dagley||Technology Associate|
|Titusville High||Melody DeWitt||Instructional Assistant|
|Viera High||Michael Aiani||Technology Technician|
|West Shore Jr./Sr. High||Terri Friend||Technology Associate|
|Allen||Claudia Sprague||School Bookkeeper|
|Anderson||Tiamesha Luckey||Child Care Coordinator|
|Atlantis||Carol Beringer||School Bookkeeper|
|Audubon||Michael Anner||Certified Custodian|
|Cambridge||Sheila McGovern||Media Assistant|
|Cape View||Tina Adams||Baker|
|Carroll||Tanya Mendez-Munoz||School Secretary|
|Challenger 7||Zachary Mahaleris||Technology Associate|
|Coquina||Jennifer Wells||School Bookkeeper|
|Creel||Kimberly Lietz||Child Care Coordinator|
|Columbia||Kelly Darden||Office Clerk|
|Croton||Jenny Vidal||Head Custodian|
|Discovery||Nanise Hill||School Bookkeeper|
|Endeavour||Steven Winfough||Technology Associate|
|Freedom 7||Geannette Correa-Erazo||Cafeteria Manager|
|Enterprise||Maureen Paul||School Secretary|
|Golfview||Vicki Nelson||School Secretary|
|Harbor City||Suzanne Slevar-Stord||Instructional Assistant|
|Holland||Karen Propper||School Secretary|
|Imperial Estates||Valerie Minnick||Elementary Bookkeeper|
|Indialantic||Maria Gjonbalaj||Instructional Assistant|
|Jupiter||Sandra Marsden||Instructional Assistant|
|Lockmar||Leila Angelou||Office Clerk|
|Longleaf||Farah Shakoorian||School Bookkeeper|
|Manatee||Ami Winn||Head Custodian|
|McAuliffe||Jeremy Tucci||Information Systems|
|Meadowlane Inter.||Karyn Allen||Technology Associate|
|Meadowlane Primary||Ruth Lyle||Instructional Assistant|
|Mila||Ally Skraba||School Secretary|
|Oak Park||Marco Juarez||Custodian|
|Ocean Breeze||Kay Ashley||Instructional Assistant|
|Palm Bay Elem||Jenny Zein||Technology Associate|
|Pinewood||Brittnee Joseph||Office Clerk|
|Port Malabar||Carl Slater||Technology Associate|
|Quest||Audrey Lampkin||School Secretary|
|Riviera||James Fisher||Technology Associate|
|Westside||Robin Stahl||Office Clerk|
|Riverview/ S. Head Start||Janet Bainbridge||School Secretary|
|Roosevelt||Charlene Boschung||School Secretary|
|Sabal||Kelly Tellez-Cepeda||Office Clerk|
|Sculptor Charter||Michelle Stapleton||Office Clerk|
|Saturn||John Taylor||Technology Associate|
|Sea Park||Angela Bonacci-Batchelor||Cafeteria Cashier|
|Sherwood||Patricia Olson||Office Clerk|
|Stevenson||Eric Popham||Elementary Bookkeeper|
|Sunrise||Stephen Holmes||Certified Custodian|
|Suntree||Herman Youmans||Instructional Assistant|
|Surfside||Dorian Horn||Technology Associate|
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