Sylvia Troxell, Pam Diu, Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard
Educational Impact Award
Those who display leadership and commitment to the district by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact.
Ms. Casey Davids
Ms. Davids consistently goes above and beyond in working with our 6th grade students. She actively guides them as they transition to Hill Country, sets up groups to help students find their peers, and works closely with the 6th grade team to find those individual students that need a little more help. She meets with the 6th grade team on a weekly basis to discuss students' emotional and academic needs, follows up immediately with the students, and helps the teachers by letting us know how to best help our kids. Our 6th graders have benefited from having Ms. Davids on their side working for them behind the scenes.
Ms. Pam Diu
Ms. Diu has an open door for questions and feedback, which, in the end, always helps students. She is an incredible strength in the Special Education department, and has a tremendous amount of patience. She treats everyone as an equal and values input. She is sharp, steadfast, and stellar! She definitely exemplifies the character of an Eanespiration winner and we are all so thankful for her.
Ms. Pam Friday
Ms. Friday is the walking poster child of what it means to be inspiring. She lights up every room she walks into, makes people feel like a million bucks, and finds the humor in every situation (no, really – every situation!) Our students are in awe of her costuming creations, and are constantly impressed at how she turns the most boring of materials into theatrical art. She's wonderful at challenging kids to do the same with their classroom projects, and their creations speak for themselves. Ms. Friday is always willing to help out others too. She is a frequent flier in the "Covering duties and classrooms" club, is always there to patch up uniforms for athletics, and goes that extra mile for students who just need a little something magical in their day. She is legendary, like a unicorn dancing on a cloud of cotton candy covered in glitter!
Good Samaritan Award
One who displays compassion, selflessness, or courage by taking initiative.
Paul and Susan Sams
Paul and Susan Sams are terrific examples of the Eanes community. When they are asked to volunteer, they don't hesitate to sign up. They always arrive full of enthusiasm and support for both sponsors and student participants, and they look for additional ways to help while they are there.
Even though they no longer have a student at Hill Country Middle School, they, and their whole family. returned to volunteer at our middle school robotics tournament. Mr. and Ms. Sams and their high school sons all worked in the concession stand. Their college daughter, an engineering major, served as a judge. Later, when the concession stand ran low on sodas, they went out to purchase more and said to consider it a donation to the HCMS Robotics program. Thank you both for all you do!
Ms. Sylvia Troxell.
Ms. Troxell is not only an excellent teacher that raises students' abilities and self-esteem, but also an excellent teacher leader, and a pillar of strength at Hill Country Middle School and in the Austin community. She juggles teaching reading, ELA, and Study Skills to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and being there to listen to, and support, her Sped team as Department Head.
She has dried our tears, and shouted out our celebrations. She also spearheads the HUGSS campaign for House The Homeless at HCMS every year which provides homeless citizens with hats, thermal underwear, gloves, scarfs, and warm socks to make it through the winter. With her leadership, HCMS raised over $7,000 dollars this year, and over $8,000 dollars last year. Ms. Troxell truly is a hero and an Eanespiration to all of us.
Those who perform an outstanding achievement that brings prestige to Eanes ISD, or do something that goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Ms. Lisa Bartling
Ms. Bartling works side-by-side with visual art, choir and athletics teachers and coaches at Hill Country Middle School. Her "can-do" attitude that goes beyond the call of duty is exemplary. She has an intuitive sensibility and innate cooperation/teamwork that before the teacher instructions are out...she's already doing the next correct action for the classroom environment. She is a ray of positive sunshine that touches each person she meets. Ms. Bartling goes from class to class, assisting teachers and students in diverse ways, with an eager attitude. She is an outstanding Eanes employee all the way around.
Ms. Robin Reed
There are so many things Nurse Reed does for our campus to take care of us all. We have had a number of crisis situations this year and she has been amazing. She is calm and compassionate in the face of crisis. She is very reassuring to the students and kind, which helps ease students' fears. Once the student has left campus she continues to care for them. Nurse Reed follows up with the family, no matter if it is day or night, to get the latest information about the student's health, and she serves as a liaison to successfully transition the student back while doing what is best for the student's recovery. No issue is too big or small for Nurse Reed. She makes everyone and their issue important and treats everyone as the most special person she has dealt with all year. She is a rock for all of us. Her expertise and knowledge coupled with her kind and caring heart make her invaluable.