Posted Date: 12/03/2018
EPS Announces Support Professional of the Year Finalists
Enid Public Schools announced the 2018-19 Support Professionals of the Year this week following their announcement of Teacher of the Year Candidates.
The finalists, nominated by their colleagues, are Brian Frazer, Gayla Jones, and Cindy Presa.
“Public education would be at a loss if it weren’t for excellent support staff,” says Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd. “With them, our schools are safer, cleaner, and all-around happier places to be. I commend these professionals for continuing to make EPS a wonderful place to work and to learn.”
Brian Frazer has been with the district for 13 years as a bus mechanic in the Transportation Department. He works hard to contribute to the safety of students who ride the bus every day, his supervisor said. Rick Moulton, Director of Transportation, nominated Frazer, saying, “He is always there to help, no matter what time of the day or night it is. He would be a great person to represent Enid Public Schools for Support Professional of the Year.”
Gayla Jones has been serving EPS for 23 years, as a secretary in the Enid High School Guidance Department. Jones can turn any day around, according to her colleagues. “I watched a student come into her office frantic because the deadline was passing for her to send her transcript and ACT scores to the university”, said a co-worker. “Gayla very calmly assured the student that she had sent the information. She was able to show the student that it was all taken care of and sent her on her way happy and calm.”
The third and final Support Professional of the Year finalist is Cindy Presa, secretary at Lincoln Academy. With 36 of years in the district, Presa is the first friendly face at Lincoln greeting students who walk through the door. She was nominated by several people, including individual students. “Ask ANY student (or teacher) at Lincoln how they feel about Ms. Cindy. You will not hear a single negative comment. She is loved by all,” one co-worker wrote.
EPS invites the public to attend the EPS Foundation Education Celebration this week to celebrate the building-level Teachers of the Year and the Support Professional of the Year finalists. The winner for each competition will also be announced. The event will be held on December 5 from 5-6 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School and will be broadcast live on Suddenlink channel 19 by EPS*tv.