As we continue through the school year, celebrating the success of our students, preparing for state testing and planning for high school graduations, it is the perfect time to reflect on the dedication of our support employees throughout the district. They may not be standing in front of your children on a daily basis, but it is their work that helps all of us do ours better each day.

Getting to recognize all of the School-Related Employees of the Year is an annual highlight for me. These employees are so important in fulfilling the mission of our district. They are the individuals who keep our schools and grounds clean, transport our students safely to and from school, feed our students nutritious meals, assist in the classroom, help out in the media centers, take care of administrative details, handle front office duties, update our data, keep our schools safe, and monitor and ensure the health and well-being of our students. The applications are varied in skills and abilities, but the love for children resonates in them all and it makes for a very daunting task for the judges.

Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools, St. Johns County School District

This year’s St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) School-Related Employee of the Year is Staci Boyer, a confidential secretary/bookkeeper for Principal Allen Anderson at Freedom Crossing Academy. In early 2018, she and her principal left their previous positions to take on the overwhelming task of opening a new K-8 school. Greeting students, working with teachers, creating job postings, entering purchase orders, overseeing fundraisers and ensuring that her principal has the support he needs to be successful are just some of her daily duties.

Enthusiastic, dedicated and insanely creative are words used to describe Ms. Boyer. She is always willing to help and has the trust of her principal, teachers and peers to carry out complex tasks with minimal supervision. She organizes events regularly and never takes her focus off of doing what’s right for the students she serves. Her principal lauds her loyalty and her ability foster the family setting throughout the school and community. She is a very valued team member in the SJCSD and her strong work ethic and commitment to doing whatever is needed to get the job done are just a sample of what makes her an excellent candidate for consideration at the state level.

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, all six CHARACTER COUNTS! pillars are celebrated this month. I encourage you to engage in activities where you and your children can display and focus on any of the pillars. I sign off with our mission this month to echo the importance of the six pillars: The SJCSD will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.