Classified employees provide tremendous support to our teachers, students, and parents. These team members contribute each and every day to the success of Bryant Public Schools. The Classified Employee of the Year Awards provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding service provided by these valuable employees.
Rodney White, Classified Employee of the Year
Rodney White, Transportation Employee of the Year, is a bus driver and works alongside transportation employees in the bus yard. He greets every single one of his students with a smile and handshake as they board his bus, asking how they are doing.
His flexibility and service to his co-workers shows him to be a positive, inspirational, and committed team member. He is always happy to help everyone he is around whether providing an encouraging word or performing an act of service.
According to Shannon Pinson, the teammate who nominated him, “Rodney White is committed to serving the needs of others in his role of co-worker, bus driver, and and friend. No one could ask for a better friend or positive example in their lives personally or professionally than Mr. White.”
For his dedication to students and his fellow Bryant OneTeam members, Mr. Rodney White is the first district Classified Employee of the Year!
Congratulations to Mr. White and the six department Employees of the Year!
Phyllis Rogers, Food Service Employee of the Year
Mrs. Rogers is the manager of the Davis Elementary cafeteria. She decorates the cafeteria at holidays and throughout the year to make it a warm and inviting place for both student and staff.
Her kindness and energy make her a joy to all those she interacts with on a daily basis. She is one of the first people students see when they arrive at school. Her love for children is evident in everything she does. She is extremely kind, and works to lift others up.
Chris Wertenberger, Technology Employee of the Year
Mr. Wertenberger has a positive impact on the entire school district by going above and beyond to meet the technology needs of every teacher, administrator, and staff member. He is the Mac Systems Administrator for the district.
Mr. Wertenberger builds relationships with teachers and works to not only ensure network and system availability, but also bridges the gap between technology and instruction. He is always patient, kind and happy to help when needed. He also serves all the Classified Employees as the chair of the PPC.
Sid Steele, Maintenance/Custodial Employee of the Year
Mr. Steele displays the traits of a true team player, from his positive attitude to his caring spirit. In his role at Maintenance, he is always willing to do more than what is needed to keep our schools running smoothly.
He takes an interest in the students and works to develop relationships with them. He also works to connect with teachers, making him an inspiration to all those who know him.
Beth Jaime, Student Services Employee of the Year
Beth Jaime is in her second year as Parent Center Coordinator. She is a tremendous asset to the ESOL program, the Parent Center, and the entire district. She works tirelessly to translate written documents, interpret for families, and build personal connections.
She advocates for limited English families and provides them with resources and information so the students and parents can succeed at Bryant Schools. She supports students through communication and visits to ensure they are getting the help they need.
Jasmine Morehead, Clerical Employee of the Year
Mrs. Morehead presents herself daily as an energetic and positive role model at the counselors office at BHS. Her personality lifts the spirits of all those around her.
Her ability to multitask allows her to service teachers and students simultaneously. Her actions are not only geared toward student success but team success. She is willing to learn and take on more responsibility to make sure the counselor’s office runs smoothly. Mrs. Morehead is a great example to rising to any task and is a great support to all at Bryant High School.
Patsy Padgett, Paraprofessional of the Year
Mrs. Padgett is completing her 31st year in the district, so long in fact that her blood runs “Bryant blue.” She connects with students by telling positive stories about how she knows their parents and grandparents. She is not only the paraprofessional in the BHS library, but also the historian.
Mrs. Padgett helps students with dyslexia, supporting them so they find success. She respects and is kind to everyone she meets. Her heart for people is inspiring to all those who work with her.