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Staff of the Week

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19, 2024

“We would like to pass the Panther Praise on to David Kitchen. We really enjoy seeing how you interact with our students in the mornings.  You are obviously well liked!  You always has a smile on your face and is are joy to speak to in the mornings when we are in the halls serving breakfast. Thanks for being you!” - Erik and the Café Crew

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12, 2024

“I would like to pass the Panther Praise to Eric Ansley and the Cafeteria Staff!  Thank you for all the things you and your crew do for us and the students on a daily basis!  Thank you for having ice set out for us every morning!  Thank you for allowing us to store our sodas, popsicles, and ice cream for student rewards and dances! Thank you for always being so kind to the kids and making sure that everyone who needs breakfast gets it, even if they are late to school. Thank you for providing cups and water for students at lunch!  Thank you for always being so kind, having a positive attitude, and so much more! You all are amazing!!" - Alexis Goforth

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5, 2024

“This week I would like to pass the Panther praise on to Alexis Goforth. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Alexis for the past year. I can honestly say that I am blown away at her level of dedication to all the hats that she wears at Hayes. She goes above and beyond in anything that she puts her hands on. Alexis is an asset and ally for both the 7th grade students and teachers.  She is energetic and that passion and energy is contagious to those around her. Thanks for all that you do!” - Sammy Hall

WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2024

“I would like to pass the Panther Praise to Sammy Hall.  I have known Sammy for many years and knew he was a great guy, but it wasn’t until I arrived at Hayes that I saw how great of asset he is to this building. Sammy is always smiling when dealing with crazy student behavior, infinite Chromebook issues, cafeteria duty, or whatever else falls in his lap. His positive attitude is contagious!  He is truly a “Mr. Everything” at Hayes.  Thank you Sammy for being a great colleague and friend to me and so many others!" - Mike Jones

WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2024

“I would like to pass the Panther Praise to Mr. Mike Jones! I work with Mike on a daily basis and let me tell you he is a first-class educator. He makes sure students are supported, regardless of their needs. He’s quick to throw a joke at them too, whether they get it or not, it makes my day a little brighter! We are so lucky to have Mike at Hayes. He’s been a great addition to our staff and I’m proud to have him as a colleague and a friend!" - Jason Pack

WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2024

“Thank you so much, Kegan for the kind words. For this week, I want to pass it along to Jason Pack. I have the privilege of sharing morning duty with Pack, and it is genuinely one of the best parts of my day. Pack is a bit of an unsung hero in our building; he works with our toughest kiddos every single day, while wearing multiple hats, and always with a joke or two up his sleeve. The Hayes family is so lucky to have such a dedicated and caring educator, coach, and friend on our team." - Morgan Miller

WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2024

“For this week's Panther Praise, I would like to pass it along to Morgan Miller. I know we are close friends, but honestly, I think a ton of people at Hayes think of her that way. Morgan works so hard at all the things. She goes to great lengths to give her students quality learning experiences and is so relational that I know her students love being in her room. I’ve learned so much every time I’ve been able to see her teach. Morgan also values her colleagues and is always willing to share ideas. She organizes lunches for our lunch crew to facilitate community. Morgan is always available to help, keeps us all laughing, and makes us better educators by her example. It truly feels like she’s been at Hayes forever." - Kegan Leadingham

WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2023

“I would like to pass the Panter Praise to Kegan Leadingham.   Kegan does so much for everyone in the building, from making posters to collaborating with teachers to create fun learning experiences for students! Her positive attitude and love for learning make the Student Center one of the most welcoming places in the building. Thank you for being so easy to work with and for always encouraging wild ideas, you are the best!” - Peyton Alcott

WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2023

"I would like to recognize Peyton Alcott with the Panther Praise.  She is an incredibly dedicated and kind natured educator.  She makes decisions in the classroom using the lens of what is best for kids.  She gives her students experiences and activities that will help them for the rest of their lives.  All with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. " - Rob Rambach

WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2023

"I want to pass on the Panther Praise to Rob Rambach.  Rob has been a great addition to our school, and I love seeing all the cool things the kids get to do in his class.  Rob always has a kind word and smile to give, and I appreciate his dedication to our school and his new position.”  - Eddie Chenault

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2023

"I want to take a moment this week to recognize Eddie Chenault. Since I started at Hayes, he's been a solid source of support. Mr. Eddie is the kind of person you can count on for a hand when you need it or just a quick check-in. He's made Hayes feel a bit more like home, and he is a crucial part of our Hayes Family.  I often catch him talking to kids and forming meaningful connections with staff and students alike. He is thoughtful and kind. It's those small gestures that make a big difference. So, here's to Mr. Eddie – thanks for being that reliable and grounding presence at Hayes.”- Jasmine Lofton

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2023

"I would like to recognize Jasmine Lofton. She always has a good attitude and a smile to share with others. She has developed positive relationships with her students that spill over to the outside of her classroom walls. Even at the end of the most challenging school days, Jasmine digs deep and manages to give more of herself to others by working with students in the Somos Panteras group as well as working with the Academic Team. She has also been instrumental with helping me brush up on my Spanish from time to time!  Jasmine exemplifies positivity and what it means to be kind in the most difficult situations. I am personally grateful for her example.” - RaMona Coleman

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14, 2023

"I would like to recognize RaMona Coleman for being the quiet voice and advocate for our students. She has a special gift to change the lives of some of our most difficult students. Ramona’s patience and calm demeanor is benefical to the support provided to our students.  She is always eager to assist with YSC activities and programs. Her creativity and crafty ways is something to be admired. Thanks for all you silently do to help our students reach their fullest potential." - Carla Mack

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6, 2023

"I would like to recognize Carla Mack for this week's Panther Praise. Carla always goes above and beyond to help our kids and her coworkers. She chaperones choir trips, allows me to use her room for auditions, and helps students with the resources they need to be successful. I had a student that did not internet access at home, and she worked with the family to get her a hotspot. That student and countless more and lucky to have her. " - Emily Levey

WEEK OF OCTOBER 30, 2023

“I would like to recognize Emily Levey this week. It’s been so nice getting to know her as my hall monitor buddy, and she always is so positive and kind. Students tell me she’s a great teacher and that she wants all students to feel included and to have fun in her class. She helps make our school great for both students and staff!" - Kylie Qualls

WEEK OF OCTOBER 23, 2023

“When I was thinking of who to recognize for the panther praise Kylie Qualls came to mind immediately. She has hit the floor the floor running from day one.  She is a huge asset and we are so lucky to have her here at Hayes!!" -  Jody Asher

WEEK OF OCTOBER 16, 2023

“I am honored to pass the Panther Praise on to Jody Asher. She truly is the epitome of what it means to be a Panther. Anything we ever need we all know we can count on Jody to know the answer or find it out. She is a wealth of knowledge and such an important part of our team. I feel so blessed to work with such an amazing admin team who cares not only for our staff but our kids as well! Proud to be a Panther!!- Becki Cornett

WEEK OF OCTOBER 9, 2023

“It can't be reiterated enough how every single person is equally deserving of this award. With that being said, I am passing this along to Becki Cornett. She does so much for all of us, and stepping back into my attendance role she has been invaluable in helping me get back into the groove of things. Her knowledge of all things Hayes is endless! Becki and all of our admin staff are truly a team and it's such a gift to have that. Thank you, Nikki and way to go Becki - I'm so glad to be a Panther again!" - Scarlett Bailey

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2023

“I recommend our very own Scarlett Bailey. I am SO glad that Scarlett transferred back to Hayes. While I transitioned into bookkeeping, Scarlett hit the ground running with attendance and helping in all front office duties like she never left. Her knowledge of the job is an obvious asset, and she does everything with a smile. I mean, have you all SEEN how positive she is? I can only hope to have half as much positivity as this woman does! I know our parents are also happy to see you back at ‘the window’. Scarlett, you are amazing and we are so glad you are back!" - Nikki Kiser

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2023

“There are so many deserving people for this recognition and this speaks to the quality teachers and culture we have at Hayes. That being said, I nominate Nikki Kiser! She has really stepped into her position and hit the ground running. She is so easy to work with, is fantastic at her job, and always has a smile on her face. Nikki was already a valued member at Hayes and continues to make herself even more invaluable to the Hayes family. We are lucky to have you at Hayes Nikki!" - Nick Payne

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

“I would like to recognize Nick Payne for this week.  He is able to make meaningful connections with students inside and out of the classroom.  He is able to make content relevant and engaging for his students.  Nick also takes the time to support students and staff with leadership roles throughout the building." - Alan Ford

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 4, 2023

“I would like to pass the Panther Praise to Alan Ford.  Our sixth graders are lucky to have you this year.  You build meaningful relationships with them that make such a difference.  You are always willing to give a helping hand.  Your hard work and dedication to the kids does not go unnoticed.  We appreciate all you do for us and our kiddos." - Suzanne Hutchinson

WEEK OF AUGUST 28, 2023

“This week I am passing the Panther Praise to Suzanne Hutchinson. She comes to school every day with a smile that is contagious and always makes me laugh. She is the first one to volunteer her time and effort and is willing to share the work she does in order to help others. Suzanne is a hard worker and keeps a positive attitude making it easy for her coworkers and students to love her. Thanks for all you do and for reminding me that everything is fine!” - Amy Hawkins

WEEK OF AUGUST 21, 2023

“This week I am passing on the Panther Praise to Amy Hawkins! Since I have been at Hayes, I have watched Amy and can honestly say she works tirelessly as a teacher and coworker. Every year, I watch as she goes out of her way to help students, coworkers and Administrators. It’s not unusual for Amy to walk in and say Hey, I was thinking about ________ what can we do to help them? Whether it is a student, coworker, or Administrator she is always for what is right and what is best for the school. Her kindness is endless, she is a prayer warrior for many and I am fortunate to not only call her a coworker but also a friend!” - Teresa Grigsby

WEEK OF AUGUST 14, 2023

“I would like to nominate Teresa Grigsby for the Panther Praise this week. Teresa has been through a lot this year and always keeps a positive attitude. I not only admire her, but I also truly appreciate her because she is always easy to work with as far as getting kids out of her class and getting information needed about kids. She is a wonderful and supportive friend and colleague to many people in the building and is a fun person to be around! We are so lucky to work with you here at Hayes, Teresa!” - Mandy Wright

WEEK OF AUGUST 7, 2023

“For this week’s Panther Praise, I am nominating a person who is talented in her own profession but would have been a great counselor too because she likely knows the Enneagram personality type of everyone in the building! To know her is to love her. She welcomes everyone into her heart and is a wonderful service provider to her students. I’ve loved getting to work with and know you, Mandy Wright! You are a treasure!" - Leighann Lakes