Denise Cherrington has done an exceptional job of stepping up as a team player to ensure all of Infinity’s middle school scholars are developing as proficient Spanish speakers. Denise graciously offered to teach all sections of middle school Spanish while another teacher is out to ensure that our future 8th grade and high school scholars are prepared to take AP Spanish. In addition, she has been supporting teachers across the middle school with calling Spanish speaking parents and translating documents.
Her positivity is contagious, and her can-do attitude helps remind me every day the impact that we can have with small interactions with other staff members and with the scholars.
Jessica has been simply an extraordinary presence since her first day in the classroom and has made many waves in her short time here. She’s always willing to help other teachers and collaborate on different projects – each time with an amazing charm and cheerfulness that are only rivaled by her work ethic. Ms. Cook constantly takes on new projects and generates solutions in an efficient and practical manner. Her job title should read much more than 6th Grade Humanities Teacher because she is truly the epitome of the type of educator and person that makes Infinity a great place to work for our staff and a great place to learn for our scholars.
Over the course of the year so far I have witnessed Hannah be a school wide teacher in its purest definition. She is always volunteering a helping hand in our 6th grade team meetings, she is always available and willing to help her coworkers. Her interventions behaviorally for her scholars are effective and thorough. She has maintained wonderful parent communication about any and every scholar issue. She creates engaging activities in her classroom by relating her material to things the scholars already like. Hannah is a wonderful educator, she is a behind the scenes hard worker who deserves recognition for her relentless efforts to support our scholars.
Ellie has truly embodied what it looks like to be a school teacher versus a classroom teacher more than once this year by stepping up last minute to sub for 1st grade. She has had patience and has proved that being a team player goes a long way in school culture. This is an incredible example for our scholars on how to support and respect others in a time of need. Thank you, Ms. Sulentic for your support and charitable actions this year.
Patty has been a dedicated employee from day one. Since the beginning of this school year, Patty has been working around the clock in her roles as registrar, attendance clerk and PEIMS Coordinator. When Patty runs into a problem, she meets it head on an works with others, on and off campus, to come up with solutions. She conducts herself every day in a professional manner, always keeping focus that scholars are our number 1 priority.
As a result of all of these things, Patty has helped put Infinity in a great position in all of our local and state reporting. She strives for perfection and it shows.
Maggie embodies the “Do whatever it takes” attitude and is willing to help out with anything across the department. She was thrown into a tough situation and has continued to learn and problem solve to become better at her job each day. Over the past month she has worked diligently to get our immunization records in order, played nurse, kept track of deposits and countless other tasks. Maggie conducts her responsibilities with integrity and professionalism at all times. I’m very pleased that Maggie decided to be a part of our team and I know she’ll continue to grow in all of her responsibilities.
Jamie has gone above and beyond to provide the support for some of our very special Infinity scholars. Her schedule has drastically changed in order to meet the needs of some scholars, and her willingness to do what it takes to teach her small family is matched by a willingness to collaborate with other schools and persistently strive to meet the scholars’ physical and emotional needs (even when it means reaching out to community resources not available within the school).
Shana Bernabela is an amazing example of what it means to be completely scholar-centered in her teaching. She works tirelessly to ensure that her scholars are receiving exactly what they need to be successful not only in Science, but also in all of their classes. Aside from being one of the most dependable and hardworking people I know, Shana also always keeps a positive attitude and helpful demeanor. No matter how busy she is, she is always willing to help a co-worker in any way that she can. Shana is the epitome of a team player and I am so glad she is a member of my team!
Dionicio "Frankie: Rodriguez
Frankie is such a dedicated person and keeps the well-being of the scholars at the forefront of his decision making. He has been at Infinity for almost two years and I have never heard him complain about anything. He is results oriented and does whatever it takes to get the job done. Frankie is such a likeable person, in fact, he may be the most liked person among the faculty and staff. As I’m writing this, I just heard a teacher say “Frankie is the best, he’s the man!” We are so lucky to have a team player like Frankie on board!
Within three months, TarNeisha transitioned from being a substitute to the primary floating teacher to a second grade teacher. Despite these fast transitions, her professionalism has enabled her to rise to the occasion of taking over a class mid-year. She continues to encourage her scholars, help them believe in themselves, and give them renewed hope (all while helping them meet high academic and behavioral expectations). Her positive demeanor and willingness to work closely with her grade level team have set an example for others in the area of being flexible, optimistic, and being a continuous learner. In a short amount of time, her dedication has enabled her to embrace lesson plan templates, the unit planning process, learn how to use the grade book, track standards, and analyze CFA data. In addition to other teachers, I formally nominate TarNeisha Mukoko as the primary employee of the month due to her willingness to be a team player and do what it takes to help increase scholar achievement.
Kaitlin goes above and beyond to build relationships with other teachers and scholars. No matter the time, Kaitlin is always there to conference with scholars and parents, brainstorm teaching strategies, or discuss support tactics for an individual scholar. She even brought Miss Stewart, our reading specialist, into her science classroom to work on cross-curricular literacy on a regular basis, illustrating that she is truly a team player and scholar centered.