Eanes ISD

Non-Campus EANESpiration Winners, 2015

Non-Campus EANESpiration Winners
Pictured left to right. Front row: Lori Johnson, Maria Rockstead, Maria Feliciano.
Middle Row: Susan Demel, Marci Robertson, Emily Richardson, Pamela Van Dyke, Luis Orosco.
Back Row: Anthony Davis, Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard.

Innovation Award

Those who may include implement a creative or innovative program, teaching method, cost-savings, etc...

Mr. Anthony Davis and Ms. Emily Richardson
Their nomination reads: Emily and Anthony implemented compost recycling district-wide this year. Emily went to campus assemblies and presented to the students the importance of recycling and composting. Students were given the opportunity to share what they know about recycling and were given practical examples. Anthony, with the help of his staff, has helped the students learn which colored cans receive what kind of waste in their cafeterias and the importance of separating items. Through this new program, the district will reduce the amount of waste that goes in our landfills and reduce the cost of extra trash collections at our campuses.

Ms. Maria Feliciano, Ms. Lori Johnson & Ms. Maria Rockstead
Their nomination reads: These women have done an incredible job improving payroll processes. They have played a huge role in figuring out (through trial and error) how the system can work in a more productive way, to where we are working smarter and not harder. We have moved to processing time sheets electronically and not manually, focusing on customer service, accuracy, and timeliness. New procedures have been put in place to make the Payroll process more efficient than ever before. District employees have found the Payroll department to be more accessible and have been able to have their questions answered and issues resolved on a timely basis. And best of all, these ladies do this every day with smiles on their faces!

Ms. Pamela Van Dyke

Her nomination reads: Pamela is always looking for more efficient ways to accomplish tasks, particularly when it involves technology. This year, she identified a new method to collect transfer student applications, which saved an enormous amount of staff time. When she was asked how we could display information such as Westlake athletics news, hot topics and enrollment updates, Pam implemented new web pages that are valuable sources of information for parents and media. She also created templates and pre-recorded messages for our emergency notification system, which helped save staff time and reduced anxiety during emergency situations. If there's a need for a fix, or if someone says "I wish we could do this", Pam is your go-to person. She's an amazing problem-solver and a fantastic team player!

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. Susan Demel
Her nomination reads: When the Superintendent's office was left with a sudden opening for administrative assistant, Susan was quickly called upon to take on that role. Susan tackled this challenge, and went above and beyond, supporting the board, the Superintendent, and Cabinet with efficiency, professionalism and friendliness. She was willing to work late for board meetings, and quickly took over many "other duties as assigned". She understands how important our community is to our district and is always willing to go out of her way to answer their calls, concerns or inquiries. She did all of this while enduring the stress of planning for her son's graduation and we couldn't thank her enough for that.

Mr. Luis Orosco
His nomination reads: Luis has been a district groundskeeper assigned to several different schools for well over a decade. This year, Luis took on the challenge of maintaining the Westlake-Ninth Grade Center and surrounding area and made an immediate impact. Luis assessed the situation and quickly decided the best way to maintain the campus is with the use of a Club Car rather that a district assigned truck. This selfless change freed up a much-needed vehicle for other grounds staff to use. Luis has made the best of a new assignment and has helped his co-workers and department in the process. Luis has made a positive impact and is a great example for others to follow.

Ms. Marci Robertson

Her nomination reads: Marci is a not only a wonderful driver but in addition, she trains all of our staff, including coaches. She even offers a re-fresh course when one needs help. Marci is also a great ambassador, as she writes newsletters for her students and parents, which keeps them up-to-date on safety and goings-on related to Transportation. This is a wonderful way to reach out to parents and bridge the gap between transportation and Eanes families.