Posted Date: 12/01/2020
EPS Announces Support Professional of the Year Finalists
Enid Public Schools announced their 2020-21 Support Professionals of the Year following their announcement of Teacher of the Year Candidates.
The finalists, nominated by their colleagues, are Austin Miles, Karen Sellers, and Denise Wright.
Austin Miles has been with the district since August 2019 as a kindergarten teachers assistant. He is described by his colleagues as always being positive and a pleasure to work with, and even learned how to sew so he could make book bags for kindergarten students to place at each of their chairs. Katelyn Pierce, Coolidge music teacher and colleague, said, “Austin goes above and beyond anything that is asked of him! He is a saint and deserves every award possible.”
Karen Sellers has been with the district for 16 years and is the head custodian at Emerson Middle School. Sellers had multiple nominations, with everyone saying she is the type of employee to go above and beyond, always with a smile on her face. One nomination submitted by Emerson librarian, Janice Fuksa, says, “Karen is an outstanding member of our staff. She is always there when we need her and takes care of what is needed. She is always friendly and goes out of her way to help all of us at Emerson. She is very deserving of being the Support Professional of the year!”
The third support professional finalist is Denise Wright, head custodian at Coolidge Elementary. She has dedicated 32 years to the district as a member of the maintenance team. Nominators say not only does she work tirelessly to keep the school spotless, but is also essential to keeping the school running like a well-oiled machine. One teacher at Coolidge, Shelbi Taylor, nominated Wright, saying, “Denise stays at school past her shift to help students who may be struggling with their reading. No one asked her to do this, but she volunteers because she genuinely loves our students.”
The EPS Foundation will host the Education Celebration to celebrate the building-level Teachers of the Year as well as announce the final Support Professional of the Year winner. Details for the event will be announced by the district at a later date.