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Posted: February 6, 2023

February's Outstanding Employees

This month's honorees include a behavioral redirector, a building services supervisor, the employee wellness coordinator and the web editor

If Albuquerque Public Schools employs you, you know we have some very dedicated professionals on our team.

For the fifth year, the district recognizes at least a few of these outstanding employees through the Employee Recognition Program.

All staff members employed for at least six months can be nominated, though we ask that you not nominate yourself.

February’s Honorees

  • David Doxtator – Behavioral Redirector, Mitchell Elementary School
  • Gerald Shay, Building Services Supervisor, City Center
  • Becky MacGregor – Employee Wellness Coordinator, City Center
  • Camille Pansewicz – Web editor, Communications Office

The honorees are being featured on the APS electronic billboards around town and will have an opportunity to visit with Superintendent Scott Elder or his representative. They also will be recognized by the APS Board of Education and receive a lasting memento.

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David Doxtator – Behavioral Redirector, Mitchell Elementary School

Behavioral redirectors work to affect positive change in student behavior. David – or Mr. D. as he is often called – does much more than that.

“Mr. D has been at Mitchell for many years and knows all students by name,” says one counselor who works with him. “He checks in with students regularly, he is a phenomenal listener, he cares deeply for all students, and he is always willing to help with any situation no matter how big or small.”

He is described as generous, caring, professional, sincere, kind, “and overall a wonderful person.” Every student at Mitchell knows and loves him. His colleagues also adore him.

“He is making a giant impact on the lives of so many students,” the counselor writes. “Mr. D works hard and handles every situation with grace. He is one of the best people I know.”

Gerald Shay – Building Services Supervisor, City Center

As the building manager for the Alice and Bruce King Education Complex – also known as City Center – Gerald Shay oversees everything from maintenance and repairs to meeting scheduling at City Center.

It’s a big job, and one that Gerald handles with a positive attitude. And he works hard to come up with solutions to any challenges that come up.

“His commitment to this team and willingness to step up and do what needs to be done – even if it falls outside his job title – don’t go unnoticed,” one APS employee writes. “Working hard is important. But working kindly is just as important, and Gerald has nailed both!”

Becky MacGregor – Employee Wellness Coordinator, City Center

Becky’s job is to help APS employees be healthy, and she approaches that responsibility with fervor. She does that through a variety of offerings that range from screenings and cooking demonstrations to wellness challenges and even stretch breaks. She’s also a great listener and is always encouraging employees to make healthy choices.

“Becky’s enthusiasm makes evident her passion for health and service,” one APS employee writes. “She consistently coordinates an ongoing, rich menu of opportunities for physical and mental well-being for all APS employees and makes them easily accessible through her maintenance of the APS Employee Wellness Event Calendar.”

She goes on to note that every week of the year “is chock-full of meaningful and attainable on-line and in-person trainings, classes, tips, encouragements, screenings, and experiences. We are fortunate for her efforts to bring these opportunities to our community.”

Camille Pansewicz – Web Editor, Communications Office

When snow blankets our city, making roads treacherous, Camille is one of the APS employees waking up in the middle of the night to get the word out about school delays and closings. When an APS department wants to revamp or make changes to its webpage, Camille is the person they call.

“Since Camille started working for APS in 2018, she has made many improvements to the look and functionality of the APS website,” says one. She notes that the APS website is “more polished and professional” thanks to Camille.

“Camille re-designed our department webpage shortly after she started at APS, and she and her team continue to work with us to keep our webpage informative user-friendly and up-to-date,” she added. “In her role, Camille elevates the image of APS and supports the mission of the district.”

How to nominate an employee

You can nominate an employee by filling out the Employee Recognition online application. Nominations must be completed by someone other than the nominee. Self-nominations are not eligible for consideration.

Award recipients will be selected monthly by a Peer Praise Task Force.