Eanes ISD

Eanes ES EANESpiration Winners, 2015

EE Eanespiration Winners 2014-15
Left to Right. Back Row: Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard, Chris Overend, Dana Wilkes, Tracey Aycock, Erin McElroy,
Principal Jodie Villemaire. Front Row: Jules Elkins, Pat Karaguleff, Jeannette Michael, Pamela Cross.
Not Pictured: Stephen Presley, Caitlin Maher

Innovation Award

Those who have implemented a creative or innovative program, teaching method, or cost-savings for the district.

Ms. Jeannette Michael and Mr. Stephen Presley
Their nomination reads: Ms. Michael and Mr. Presley have fully embraced the district and campus technology initiatives this year by integrating iPad use into their P.E. classes. They have taught students how to use iPads to video themselves practicing various skills, which they can then use for self and peer assessments. In addition, as a part of the campus wide Iditarod curriculum, students used a compass app on their iPads to find coordinates on the playground. Thank you both for your dedication to implementing innovative teaching methods in P.E. classes.

Ms. Erin McElroy and Ms. Caitlin Maher
Their nomination reads: Ms. McElroy and Ms. Maher have truly embraced both the district technology initiatives and campus STEM initiatives. They have found creative ways to use iPads to enhance learning in art classes. Students have used iPads for research and to create portfolios using a time-lapse app that records their progress on projects from start to finish. Ms. McElroy and Ms. Maher also planned and facilitated a highly engaging and successful event on STEM Day, where 2nd grade students created "ArtBots." Ms. McElroy and Ms. Maher's collaborative, creative efforts touch all students at Eanes and are an inspiration to us all.

Ms. Tracey Aycock and Ms. Pat Karaguleff
Their nomination reads: Ms. Aycock and Ms. Karaguleff have fully embraced the district and campus technology initiatives this year by integrating iPads into their music curriculum. They have been willing to orchestrate the transportation of iPads to and from their classes by the students at various grade levels, which can be a real challenge. One of the projects they have been working on is teaching students to take music they have written and create a GarageBand version. These projects have not only engaged students, but have encouraged creativity and collaboration. Thank you both for your dedication to making music classes innovative and engaging for all students.

Good Samaritan Award

One who displays compassion, selflessness, or courage by taking initiative.

Ms. Jules Elkins
Her nomination reads: Ms. Elkins shared her passion for Social Emotional Learning with the Eanes Elementary community this year through a special endowment to increase emotional intelligence at our campus. This contribution provided both counselors an opportunity to receive advanced training in the RULER Approach. This also provided funding for playground coaches during recess to promote structured play opportunities for students. Her innovative ideas and commitment to educating the whole child have positively impacted students, staff and families. EE has benefited greatly from her ideas and generosity and will for many years to come.

Heroes Award

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. Chris Overend
Her nomination reads: For two years, Ms. Overend has selflessly provided her time and efforts to work with 5th graders to put together an amazing yearbook. This job takes countless hours of volunteer work and Chris always shows up with a smile and a great outlook to take pictures. She makes sure we meet deadlines and coordinates the huge job of gathering pictures and making sure all are represented. Chris Overend has done an amazing job for the staff and families of Eanes with her donated time and effort.

Ms. Dana Wilkes
Her nomination reads: Ms. Wilkes has helped Eanes Elementary become an even better place for staff and students. She is described as kind, compassionate, easy to work with, and flexible. She is always in constant communication in order to find the right moments to visit the PPCD program to take amazing photos of students for the incredible yearbook that she creates. Without Ms. Wilkes, the yearbook would not have been possible. She is so talented and we really treasure her work.

Ms. Pamela Cross
Her nomination reads: Ms. Cross has devoted more than 25 years to the Eanes campus. She constantly handles many tasks with staff and students, and always with a smile. She is the welcoming face to students, staff, and parents every day, and goes out of her way to meet the needs of Eanes Elementary. She is wonderful, calm, always upbeat and keeps us all rolling along every day! Ms. Cross has been the heart (and mind) of this school for many years and we will miss her dearly when she retires at the end of this year.