Selena Chamblee, Berkeley Middle School
When I went on a school tour a few months ago, I heard all about Selena’s work with “Student Success.” I’ve known Selena Chamblee for many years – back when my own children attended Berkeley and she was their favorite math teacher. Although she was a fantastic teacher, her passion (or calling) directed her to leave the classroom setting to concentrate on how she could make the most impact to improve the future of the students at Berkeley. My heart was touched by the dedication that she has shown over her many years with Berkeley to help our most at-risk students. She told us about the Berkeley Bull-Dog pantry where employees at Berkeley keep a closet supplied with food for those students who come to school hungry or need snacks during the day. Selena embodies the spirit of a Hero of Hope for so many students whose family situations are impossible for most of us to contemplate. She works behind the scenes with multiple agencies, counselors, and support networks to keep students in school so they can learn skills and keep safe.
John Gulick, Warhill High School
Mr. Gulick is more than just a spectacular teacher. He makes sure to be involved in his student’s lives beyond academics. He is the teacher to speak up when he notices that something is wrong. Even if you seem perfectly fine, he goes the extra mile to make your day even better with a simple greeting or a full conversation. In the 18 weeks that I spent with Mr. Gulick, I experienced so much character development. I learned better time management, I became more confident, I learned how to study, and I’ve decided what I want to do in college, all because of this amazing teacher. Mr. Gulick is truly a hero inside and outside of the classroom.
Jennifer Stanley, James Blair Middle School
Jennifer Stanley is that person in the school that is a source of comfort every single day. Though her job is data-driven, she has this incredible ability to look beyond the data, and directly at the student themselves. She is not just a School Improvement Specialist, she is a motivator, a mentor, a mother, a life coach, and a confidant all wrapped into one. Though she may not admit it, she is the lifeblood of this school and serves as the backbone to our success. I attribute most of my growth as an educator in the last two years to her and her wisdom and guidance. WJCC is incredibly lucky to have someone life Jennifer supporting our Middle School.