Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2021 | Page 17


Mansfield ISD established the Heartbeat Award in 2003 to honor the employees who not only do their job — they breathe life into the organization through their willingness to do any task with such passion while inspiring others along the way .

Academy . “ Give her a challenge , and she ’ ll find a way to make it work .”
Before coming to Mansfield ISD , Stafford taught in public school systems in Mississippi and Virginia .
Three staff members , nominated by the community , recently received this year ’ s award . Congratulations to Marquettia Stafford , Kaitlin McCool and Sarah Campbell .
Sarah Campbell
Kaitlin McCool
Sarah Campbell is also a Mansfield High School graduate and currently serves as the math interventionist at Thelma Jones Elementary School . Those who work with her said she does whatever it takes to ensure that students are successful .
Marquettia Stafford
Marquettia Stafford is the virtual functional academics teacher at Martha Reid Leadership Academy and Willie Brown Academy of Young Scholars . Stafford is in her fifth year as a certified teacher . Her coworkers said that she gives her all to teach her students with special needs and finds ways to connect lessons to real-world situations .
“ She is a phenomenal teacher who integrates technology into daily learning and makes it engaging and fun for our special education students ,” said Catherine McGuinness , principal at Martha Reid Leadership
Kaitlin McCool is a first-year teacher at Lake Ridge High School who teaches statistics and college readiness math . She has months of classroom experience , but she has already left a lifelong impression on the students and staff members of the campus .
“ She has built the types of relationships that you expect in a teacher with 20-plus years of experience ,” said Ashley Alloway , principal at Lake Ridge High School . “ She ’ s a natural teacher . She ’ s a natural relationship builder . She has a beautiful and exciting future ahead of her in education .”
McCool is a product of Mansfield ISD . She attended J . L . Boren Elementary School , Mary Orr Intermediate School , Brooks Wester Middle School and graduated from Mansfield High .
“ She doesn ’ t just do her job well ; she can do any job at this campus and do it well ,” said Mico Rhines , principal at Thelma Jones Elementary School . “ It doesn ’ t matter what needs to be done . Her heart is in it .”
Campbell has always wanted the opportunity to come back and work in the district she attended as a student . After seven years in another district , she finally received that opportunity and has been loving it ever since .

“ Without a heartbeat , there is no life . That ’ s why it ’ s important to acknowledge those special staff members who are the heart of their workplace .”