Seton Catholic Schools recently awarded our first-ever Teacher, Leader, Support Staff and Volunteer of the Year Awards! Rooted in what’s possible for all students, Seton’s educators are driving transformation every day in classrooms across Milwaukee. In the process, they often go above an beyond and inspire not only their students, but their colleagues as well. This is the first in a series of posts recognizing our 2017 award recipients.
Support Staff of the Year is recognition of outstanding service to students, families and colleagues. All non-teachers who support our students and schools were eligible for peer nomination, including counselors, education assistants and admin assistants. We received 20 nominations from which three staff members were selected for recognition: Linda Goeden, Lirse Jones and Tina Kyles.
Linda Goeden, Northwest Catholic School
Ms. Linda Goeden is an administrative assistant who manages the Northwest Catholic School office with a superb ability to multi-task and connect with others. According to her colleagues, Ms. Goeden possesses a tremendous amount of patience and kindness which puts everyone around her at ease, including students. On top of this, she is also willing to jump in wherever she is needed. Whether she is pulling weeds from the school garden, washing student uniforms or assisting with enrollment marketing campaigns, Linda exemplifies the Catholic value of service. Her caring personality and “all in” attitude has earned praise from students, parents and staff.
Lirse Jones, Prince of Peace School
Ms. Lirse Jones is an administrative assistant and admissions coordinator who has shown extraordinary effort and entrepreneurship to meet ambitious school enrolment goals. After just nine months of working at Prince of Peace, she has already exceeded expectations by restructuring the student enrolment process, making it easier for families to access the education of their choice. She has also participated in community outreach events and has gone out of her way to educate the school team about Parental Choice programs and enrollment and has shared her knowledge and strategies with colleagues at other network schools.
Tina Kyles, St. Catherine School
Ms. Tina Kyles is a third-grade Education Assistant who possesses deep bonds with her students in and out of the classroom. Whether a student needs help with a math problem or a personal issue at home, Ms. Kyles has shown that she truly puts students at the center of her work. She also has a special talent for getting the most out of her students by showing them their true potential and pushing them to reach their goals. Her students’ strong literacy gains this year are directly attributable to her instruction and support.