Stacey Boynton, Warhill High
Stacey has worked hard for the past year to instill just a little bit of kindness in everyone’s day. Whether it is a student, another teacher/co-worker, Stacey goes above and beyond with her generosity. She started the Sunshine club at Warhill High School that consists of both faculty members and students who think about and implement ways to make someone’s day a little better. She got permission to work with staff members and students to paint and decorate our copy rooms with positive messages and colors. She has worked to make every Wednesday a “kindness” day and reminds staff members to wear bright colors and/or positive messages. She goes out of her way to give a hug, give words of affirmation, and/or listen to whoever needs the support. She often anonymously leaves post-it notes around the school with mood-boosting words of encouragement or compassion. Every Friday she waits at the main entrance doors and greets every student with a high five. A few short years ago, Stacey lost her husband to a battle with cancer. She knows now, and does not take for granted, that you cannot predict or know the battles that an individual brings to work or school every day. She understands there are things in everyone’s lives that cannot be controlled, but she works on what she can control; being a positive light in someone’s day.
Archie Jefferson, Lafayette High
Honestly, I don’t know a single person that Mr. Jefferson has not positively affected. Mr. Jefferson goes above and beyond every day to make the students feel valued, heard, important, and needed in the school and community. He supports and encourages everyone and provides so many ways for students who need it to turn their lives around and have a positive, productive life outside of Lafayette. Mr. Jefferson fights for students when no one else will and is one of the most impactful people I’ve ever met.
Jordan Stehle, Matthew Whaley Elementary
Jordan is a fearless advocate for children’s education. Every choice he makes in and out of the classroom is centered around this one question, are the students enjoying it? He works tirelessly both in and out of school with students ranging from kindergarten age up to high school. He works with the Williamsburg Youth orchestra to extend opportunities outside of his classroom. His goal is to reach students, make meaningful connections, and help them feel loved and excepted, no matter the environment. He never asks for anything in return, and instead will jump in to help a student or colleague with anything they may need.