Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2019 | Page 19

Three Employees Receive Mansfield ISD Heartbeat Award Ramonia Bacon 18-19 Heartbeat Award Winner Three staff members have been added to The Mansfield ISD Heartbeat Team. MISD employees are nominated by other district staff for displaying heart in their lives and inspiring other colleagues through their actions. The spring 2019 Heartbeat Award recipients are Ramonia Ba- con, family engagement specialist at T.A. Howard Middle School; Keli Cullen, teacher at Summit High School; and Holly Teague, newly retired Specials Projects Manager and former Associate Superinten- dent. “The Heartbeat Award means that they are the heartbeat of the school or department,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszaus- kas. “Without the heart, you can’t survive. It’s what keeps everything going and that’s the reason these recipients were chosen by their peers.” Holly Teague 18-19 Heartbeat Award Winner Bacon was nominated for her commitment to always putting students and families first. She continually goes above and be- yond and she always does it with a smile on her face. She believes that parents and families are partners in education and strives to create opportunities for engagement. Cullen’s passion for supporting all students was the driving force behind her nomination. She has started various clubs on Summit’s campus, including the green team, which focuses on recycling and provides students with opportuni- ties for community service. She’s also started clubs for staff, helping to build community and encour- age active lifestyles as a team. Cul- len volunteers her time and talents CLICK HERE to see a video about what makes these ladies the Heartbeat of MISD. Keli Cullen 18-19 Heartbeat Award Winner to help new teachers and takes on many extra roles to help her school run smoothly. Teague has gone above and beyond in transforming MISD’s accountability practices by think- ing outside the box as a district of innovation. Her vision, backing and follow through with the Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners, has helped the campus reach tremendous success in its first sixth months. Her passion for continuous improvement and innovation is infectious. Each recipient was presented the award by Jeff Brogden, Asso- ciate Superintendent of Facilities and Bond Program, as part of this year’s Mansfield ISD Employee Awards Banquet. The Heartbeat Award was established in January 2003. Three Heartbeat Awards were given in the 2018-19 school year. | 19