Nominees for 'Support Employee of the Year' Awards

Panahandle Educators Federal Credit Union and Bay District Schools will host the Support Employee of the Year Awards Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 the Martin Theatre.

The top 5 nominees are:

Catherine Sauls, Cafeteria Manager
Bay Haven Charter Academy

Catherine Sauls understands what it means to serve. Her service at school includes special birthday treats for students, 2000 lunches served at Thanksgiving, special meals to reinforce class lessons and morale boosting extras for the adult lunch line. As a leader in the Food Service Association, Cathy has served in various executive roles, was the driving force behind Bay County hosting the region one conference and was elected to serve as the a Director for the Florida State Nutrition Association. She was also selected to serve as the Summer Food Service State Monitor for Northwest Florida. Those in need have also benefited from Cathy’s generosity. She has sponsored walk-a-thons for food service employee scholarships, spearheaded donations for the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter and organized fundraisers for disabled elderly community members. Her Principal writes that “the constant theme when speaking about Cathy Saul is that she serves.”

Judy Pate, Administrative Secretary
Breakfast Point Academy

Opening a brand new school is always a challenge but Breakfast Point Academy had an ace in the pocket with Judy Pate. Her eleven years of experience at Tyndall Elementary contributed greatly to her new school’s smooth and successful grand opening. With extra hours and weekend ordering, she coordinated and received all items needed throughout the school and in every classroom. She created forms for daily operations and became the lady who had the answers or knows where to find them. Judy is a large part of the glue that holds her school together and a major player on a winning team.

Beth Warren, Paraprofessional
Hiland Park Elementary School

If something needs to be done, Beth Warren will get it done. Over the last 10 years, Beth has worked with the same kindergarten teacher and has worked to assist students as they grow both socially and academically. And when she is not assisting the teacher, she works with students who struggle with reading, supervises lunch, helps keep the school clean and volunteers for after school events like the Art Fair. Beth is also an outstanding volunteer in the community. She is a Girl Scout leader, American Red Cross instructor, and currently the Mosley High School Band Booster President.

Bianka Jacobs, Paraprofessional
Oakland Terrace School for the Visual & Performing Arts

Bianka Jacobs believes the educational success of a child must include the participation of family and community. As a living example she always goes out of her way to help, to advocate for and to educate families of her students. She interprets all communications both verbal and written for them. She makes sure their basic needs are met by helping them acquire assistance. She has a leadership role on the ESOL/Migrant Parent Leadership Council and in the evenings she and her husband volunteer at Gulf Coast Community College to help parents learn and improve their English. Bianka is the perfect role model for her students and parents as she has studied for and recently received her American citizenship

Cathy Woodhouse, Paraprofessional/Secretary
Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School

With compassion and selfless dedication to others, Cathy Woodhouse a Paraprofessional and Secretary at Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School tackles challenge after challenge. Cathy’s serious “Can Do!” attitude and smiling no problem response enables her special students to learn to navigate around the community, to help others and to learn that what they do makes a difference. Currently Cathy is working with technology specialists to develop a program which will enable teachers to document student progress in order to meet state standards more efficiently. And as a reflection of her belief that everyone can learn throughout life, Cathy is working to attain her degree and realize a dream of becoming a teacher.

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