November 2023 Heroes of Hope

Published On: November 30th, 2023

Rob Hill, Stonehouse Elementary School

“Mr. Hill is the School Security Officer at Stonehouse Elementary and he is amazing! He can be seen keeping students and the school safe throughout the day by monitoring the halls, supporting students, talking with students throughout the day, building trusting relationships and supporting various needs in challenging times. Mr. Hill shines by bringing a positive attitude to work and always putting students first. He is reliable, honest, positive, and an overall all fantastic role model for our students!”

Rayon Patrick, Norge Elementary School

“Rayvon is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Norge Elementary. I have gotten to know Rayvon because he has been a SHIP Challenge Club sponsor for the past couple of years. This year, Rayvon is sponsoring Bike Club. Bike Club focuses on safety and the learning of bike maneuvers, so students are expected to ride a bike prior to the start of the club. A student was selected for the bike club without having any prior bike riding experience. Our volunteers who instruct the club wanted the student to be switched to another club because of her inability to ride a bike. Rayvon took it upon himself to make sure the student stayed in the club. Rayvon’s email explaining his idea to me went as follows: ‘I have spoken with her teacher about the situation and have worked into my schedule for her to come to the gym before my first class in the morning and before her lunch time to come practice on her bike and become more comfortable while riding. She came this morning after she got off the bus and as she was riding alongside me, she had the biggest, most heart-warming smile on her face.’ Then, a week or so later Rayvon shared an actual video of the student successfully riding her bike with a huge smile on her face! Rayon is exactly what a teacher should be made of; he cares about each and every student to strive to be their best! Rayon’s message at the end of each email reads ‘BE GRATEFUL FOR THE MOMENT & WIN THE DAY!’”

Amanda Fay, Berkeley Middle School

“Amanda Fay is a core component of BMS and we would not run as well as we do without her. She holds multiple leadership roles in our building, including department lead and MTSS lead. She also serves as our SCA teacher sponsor and has strongly revived this club. She misses multiple lunches a week because she is meeting with the students of SCA to plan fun events for our school. She is one of the hardest workers in this building and cares so much for her students and colleagues. If anyone needs help, she is the first to step up. She truly is the backbone of BMS.”

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