BCISD announces January Employee of the Month
BCISD announces January employee of the month
Bay City High School teacher and coach Jacob Wertz has been selected as the Bay City ISD “You’ve got heart” honoree for January.
This employee recognition award is given to staff who go beyond their “job description” in helping students and staff, who epitomize the concept “team player,” and who put others first.
BCISD staff submit nominations, and Coach Wertz’s name was selected from among all those submitted. His nominator wrote:
“Coach Wertz has been flexible and open minded about his new teaching assignment and roles for the new semester. He was teaching EOC re-testers at the beginning of the year; however, this semester he has volunteered to help with pull outs to aid those students who are retesting for the English I and English II tests, while also helping monitor the hallways and completing tardy sweeps. He is also an active voice in the athletic department by staying on campus during home basketball games to help monitor students and parents in the stands so everyone has a positive experience. Coach Wertz helps instill good character and moral values in our students and is always there to lend a helping hand to those teachers in need while in the hallways and during lunches. I believe that Coach Wertz has stepped up and embraced his role to help students, teachers and administrators in being successful; he has heart.”
Wertz was awarded a restaurant dining certificate and the traveling trophy, donated by Ad Vantage Specialties. To learn more about the “You’ve Got Heart” program and/or to become a program sponsor, contact Allison Sliva firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-401-1083.
Nominee: Heather Lewis, BCISD PD
Nominator: Christopher Cunningham
Heather has stepped up job responsibilities and has taken on more this semester. Sgt. Lewis continues to build relationships with our staff and students while working at a minimum of 70 to 80 hours a week. The Police are a vital part of the safety of our students, and Ms. Lewis, without hesitation, would put her life on the line to serve.
Nominee: Jake Wertz, BCHS teacher & coach
Nominated by: Gabrielle Wertz
Coach Wertz has been flexible and open minded about his new teaching assignment and roles for the new semester. He was teaching EOC re-testers at the beginning of the year; however, this semester he has volunteered to help with pull outs to aid those students who are retesting for the English I and English II tests, while also helping monitor the hallways and completing tardy sweeps. He is also an active voice in the athletic department by staying on campus during home basketball games to help monitor students and parents in the stands so everyone has a positive experience. Coach Wertz helps instill good character and moral values in our students and is always there to lend a helping hand to those teachers in need while in the hallways and during lunches. I believe that Coach Wertz has stepped up and embraced his role to help students, teachers and administrators in being successful; he has heart.
Nominee: Crystal Rodriguez, Holmes aide
Nominated by: Maria Gonzalez
Crystal Rodriguez always puts students first. She takes the time to search for and create resources to help meet the needs of our students. In her quiet manner, she works with students to help them experience success on their level. She is a team player and helps in any area that she is needed. She helped coach our students for a UIL event this year and never complains when doing car duty in the rain, cold or heat. She is studying to be a teacher and will be excellent in the classroom! I love working with this lady!
Nominee: Tara Hernandez, Holmes aide
Nominated by: Ruth Jimenez
Mrs. Hernandez goes above and beyond her duties daily. She is a big influence of being positive to all around her. Her notes of being thankful are such a blessing to all who receive them.
Nominee: Kendall Jernigan, Cherry teacher
Nominated by: Brandy Stai
I am nominating Kendall Jernigan for "You've got heart" because she took the time out of her busy schedule to form a team and participate in UIL story telling. She would practice with her team before and after school. While they did not place, they were all winners to me. Thank you Kendall for going that extra mile for our students at Cherry Elementary.
Nominee: Erica Gilbert, BCHS
Nominated by: Cassandra Weeks
Erica has gone the extra mile to make me feel welcome & comfortable here at BCHS. She checks on my class several times throughout the day to ensure I am prepared and to offer me her support. Erica has checked on me after hours to answer any questions or concerns I may have and to remind me of the early Tuesday team meeting. After speaking with several students, I learned Erica has been trying her best to keep the health science students motivated during this transition. I have seen Erica be the first to offer support to our colleagues and I believe she deserves recognition for her efforts. She is a wonderful teacher and has high expectations for her students. Erica seems to takes her position very seriously and is working hard to prepare her students for working in the medical field.
Nominee: Jackie Gorman, Elementary GT teacher at all Elem campuses
Nominated by: Brandy Stai, Cherry
I am volunteering Jackie Gorman for "You've Got Heart" for coordinating the UIL events. Mrs. Gorman is always actively involved in UIL. She dedicates much of her time to this event. Thank you Jackie for going the extra mile for the students at Bay City ISD!
Nominee: Kaleigh Estlinbaum, Cherry teacher
Nominated by: Brandy Stai
I am nominating Kaleigh Estlinbaum for "You've Got Heart" for forming a team and participating in the UIL second grade story telling event. She would take the time to practice with her team either before or after school. Some of her students even placed! Kaleigh, thank you for going that extra mile for the students at Cherry Elementary!
Nominee: Marissa Wendel, Cherry Instructional Coach
Nominated by: Carly Lewis
While I had to be on leave, out of town for a family emergency, Mrs. Wendel helped me complete my work on top of her own, so that I did not have to worry about it while I was gone. She worked hard to complete this work, so that it could be done in a timely manner for the students I serve in special education. I appreciate it so much. She was not asked to do this, she chose to do this out of kindness.
Nominee: Esther Martinez, BCHS teacher
Nominated by: Griselda Perez
Ms. Martinez is the most helpful person, always going out of her way to help in any way she can. She is welcoming and just a great person to look up to.
Nominee: Patricia Gardner, Holmes teacher
Nominated by: Sonee DeLong
Flexibility has been the word our principal has used this year to describe our campus and all the transitions that we are going through. No one has been more flexible than Patty Gardner. She stepped into a leadership role for our first grade team when it suddenly became vacant, and made that transition for us easy. She's taken it on herself to do extra duties, plan for long term subs, and now as we go through another transition, volunteered to take on a larger class size. She shines a light on each of us, so it's time she was recognized for all she does. Patty your hard work is noticed by us all. Thank you for all you do.
Nominee: Traci Gernand, BCJH teacher
Nominated by: Brittney Glenewinkel
For two days I was out sick and we did not have adequate substitute coverage. Traci graciously taught her classes and helped coordinate my classes for both days. She ran back and forth across the hall between classes making sure each class was on task, answering questions, and attending to each students' needs. Traci is always going above and beyond to help her coworkers out. I couldn't do this job without her!
Nominee: Eva Peterson, BCHS teacher
Nominated by: Sonya Ramos
I would like to nominate Eva Peterson. Ms. Peterson is a giving, caring, and loving person. She gives of her time without question and expects nothing in return. She is a great listener and just listens; which as teachers, is what we often need, someone to just listen. She has been there for me when I have desperately needed her and never asked a question, she simply said yes. She has a true heart of service. She is loving to her students and provides supplies for them if needed. She is a highly deserving teacher of the "You've Got Heart" award.
Nominee: Rilea Sanders, BCHS
Nominated by: Kerry Kiehl
She has taken up the mantle to teach 4 sections of algebra due to short staffing without getting extra pay for it. She has heart for her job and the students so they get a qualified teacher to teach them Algebra for a tested subject.
Nominee: Carly Lewis, Cherry teacher
Nominated by: Ronda Espinosa
I am nominating Mrs. Lewis because she is a teacher who truly puts the students and their needs at the top of the list. She is passionate about helping them and often goes out of her way to make sure they have what they need. I always hear her speaking with respect to our students. No matter what she has gone through, she continues on with a smile on her face and happiness in her heart. I am so grateful I get to work with the best teachers in BCISD!