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QCUSD recognizes students, employees of the month

The February honorees are all from Newell Barney Junior High School and Queen Creek Junior High School.

The Queen Creek Unified School District recently recognized the February students and employees of the month from Newell Barney Junior High School (NBJHS) and Queen Creek Junior High School (QCJHS).

Here's what those nominating them had to say:

Students of the Month

  • Grady Marks (NBJHS) – Grady is a student who enjoys being in class. He is always polite, helpful, gets good grades and has a great level of accountability. He is aware of his peers who might need extra help and encouragement and he helps them on a regular bias. He deserves this recognition!
  • Mackenzie Woodward (NBJHS) – Mackenzie is such a pleasure to have in class. She is a quiet leader and contributes to classes. She always communicates and completes her work when she misses the due date.
  • Zoey Nelson (QCJHS) – Zoey is exceedingly kind to others, she always takes her time to help out students in need around her, especially new students to QCJHS. She shows integrity by working hard academically, always turning in missing assignments when she is absent without prompting. In a group, Zoey is a natural leader. She encourages others to focus on the task at hand.
  • Analena Trujillo (QCJHS) – Analena (Lena) epitomizes the wildcat way every single day she is on campus. She is always kind in class and always willing to lend help when others need it. She is extremely respectful to her classmates, she allows everyone an equal opportunity to learn by being quiet but attentive. She shows integrity by putting in her best effort on every single piece of paper that she knows is being turned in. There is no student better suited for this award than Lena.

Employees of the Month

  • Diane Maynard – Diane Maynard teaches and adheres to the foundation of growth mindset. It is the first lesson she teaches her students and she reiterates the concept of growth mindset in all she does. She is an outstanding department lead who is continually supporting her department with kindness, respect and integrity. In addition, Diane tackles difficult decisions with awareness and a problem-solving attitude. She is an instrumental part of Queen Creek Junior High and we are fortunate to have her on staff.
  • Sonya Rodriguez – We are so fortunate to have Sonya join our campus this year as the school nurse. She has implemented many great systems and the students genuinely enjoy seeing her day to day. She takes on each situation with knowledge and grace. Through her daily practices, it is evident she is embracing and encouraging the Wildcat Way of Be Kind, Be Respectful and Show Integrity.
  • Gibson Porter – Gibson is the most dedicated volunteer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He shows up each and every Wednesday eager to help in any way he can. No job is too insignificant for Gibson. Anything that is asked of Gibson he does with a smile. He is dependable, kind, respectful and demonstrates integrity in all he does.
  • Heidi Lee – Heidi is a person of many hats. She serves the district in a variety of areas including CTE, career readiness and all things registration. Heidi has such a valuable knowledge and experience, which we very much appreciate as she always has an open door policy when help is needed. She is not afraid of hard or challenging work and can give a variety of perspectives to ensure each situation is looked at with a whole perspective.
  • Lindsay Schapmire – Mrs. Schapmire excels in not only delivering instruction to students, but also in cultivating safe learning environment by forming genuine, caring relations with students. She goes out of her way to meet the learning needs of each student and to individualize instruction daily. Mrs. Schapmire always makes others smile and feel warm and welcomed.
  • Lisa Kerr – Mrs. Kerr is kind, generous, hardworking, dependable, a team player and is always positive. Mrs. Kerr is committed to her students and does everything with a smile.
  • Jen Silverman – Mrs. Silverman is a parent that wants to be involved and loves to support kids. Those who nominated her say she is “always supportive of the staff…and is kind and cheerful.” NBJHS has a ton of community support, however, Mrs. Jen Silverman stands out as a shining example of tireless giving for the good of the school and of the community.
  • Jim Gowdy – Dr. Gowdy is in his first year in QCUSD and has been a great support at NBJHS. He has jumped in to help with an issue that arises with students or athletics. He helps administrators think through things, offer advice and has implemented/changed some processes for the betterment of NBJHS and the district. He is committed to supporting all schools.