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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: June 30, 2022

January Employees of the Month

Doris Baldwin, Valerie Hazelbaker, Helena Livingston, and Leith Page were recognized as January Employees of the Month.

Doris Baldwin is the kindergarten educational assistant at San Antonito STEM Magnet Elementary School 

  • Doris has worked at San Antonito for 36 years.  It is also the elementary school she attended as a child.
  • Doris goes above and beyond by greeting each child by name in the mornings, regardless of their grade level. 
  • She also decorates staff doors for recognition days, such as National Custodian’s Day.
  • Doris also learns the grade-level curriculum so she can better reinforce the content when talking with the students. 
  • Doris is active in the community, where she often sees the students and their families.  
  • She stays connected with former families and students and is invited to their high school and college graduations and other celebrations.

Valerie Hazelbaker is the family liaison at Chaparral Elementary School 

  • Val is an outstanding ray of light and one of the kindest people on campus.
  • She is always positive and goes above and beyond to serve the families and the campus as a whole.
  • Val has raised more than $10,000 to help more than 40 families weekly with food, clothes, and other basic household needs.
  • She is also a professionally trained chef and shares her love of cooking with the students as the Kids Cook chef. Through Kids Cook, she helps students explore new foods, teaches them basic cooking skills, and provides families with the opportunity to prepare meals together.
  • Val is also a member of the Attendance Team, Theme Team, Sunshine Committee, and PTA at the school. She is always willing to help with daily duties and any other tasks needed.

Helena Livingston is the registrar eCademy High School 

  • eCademy accepted more than 400 new students this year, largely due to COVID, and many of these students came from outside APS.
  • Helena worked tirelessly and diligently to request these new students' records and input their transcripts into Synergy. Because many of these new students were seniors, it was imperative that records are accurate, entered correctly, and in a timely manner, so students can be placed appropriately into the correct and necessary classes. 
  • During last year's summer school, eCademy saw enrollment numbers higher than 15,000, and Helena was critical to helping students from all over APS and beyond.
  • Helena has dedicated her career to eCademy and has been an important part of its mission to help students get on track to graduate. Often a more at-risk and transient population of students, there is an enormous amount of record-keeping and data entry. During the pandemic, eCademy's enrollment numbers were higher than ever.
  • Because of Helena's commitment to track down records, research course completion and descriptions, and input documentation, many students have likely graduated from high school who otherwise may not have.

Leith Page is the principal at Monte Vista Elementary School 

  • Leith goes above and beyond for the school, including cleaning the school, sweeping the cafeteria, and emptying trash cans after lunch. She also does many recess duties, because there is no one else to do them.
  • Principal Page believes teachers are already overburdened, so she stays late to make sure everything is done and often puts the school before her own health and safety.
  • Thank you for your commitment to students, staff, and the APS community.  Congratulations, Doris, Valerie, Helena, and Leith!