The Emerald has a terrific folklore throughout history and in many cultures. The green of the emerald is the color of life and of the springtime, which comes round again and again. Therefore it is most fitting for our recognition of excellence in our district. Three awards are given annually for each of the following categories which acknowledge some of the key attributes of excellence in the education profession.
The Heart Award
This is given to the employee who demonstrates exceptional caring for a student, student’s family, a group of students or colleagues. The purpose of the award is to demonstrate that many of our employees are in this business to make a difference in the lives of others. This year’s winner Rhonda Merring-Smith.
Innovator of the Year Award
This is given to an employee who has taken a risk to implement some new initiative, program or strategy based on research or evidence of success. The purpose of this award is to demonstrate how we value innovation and risk taking in this district, and that takes these pioneers in a district to make progress. This year’s winner Melanie Wheeler.
Leader Among Us Award
This award is given to an employee who provides excellent leadership. Leadership may come in many forms such as: many contributions to committees, mentoring, leading a group through a particular issue, speaking on behalf of others, finding a solution, advocating, inspiring, or any form of leadership. The purpose is to demonstrate that leadership comes at all levels. This year’s winner Carly Daniel.
For full information about the Emerald Awards visit the website