Debra McLaughlin

W. H. Rhodes Elementary School

Our nominee has been employed at our school since August 2014. For the first 2 years, she worked in our Behavior Focus Classroom as a paraprofessional. During this time, she quickly earned the respect of those that worked with her and school administration for her ability to remain calm and professional in all situations. Within a very short time, administration began to recognize the many assets our nominee brought to our school and the potential she had to be a positive influence on a much larger population. In 2016, she was moved outside of the classroom to manage our In-School Suspension program. She is the perfect candidate for this position! She has a firm, fair, and consistent approach to handling the discipline issues in this environment. In addition to this duty, our nominee covers all classrooms for our weekly MTSS meetings plus IEP and 504 meetings. She assists the school administrators with many projects such as organizing and maintaining volunteer applications, managing daily attendance and attendance notes, and many other organizational tasks. Our nominee helps our teachers out by administering Code-of Conduct tests to new students, running copies and laminating during her “down time” and a list of other tasks throughout her day. Her peers recognize her vast contributions to our faculty, staff, administration, and most importantly, our students! Her hard work and dedication to our school family make her an excellent nominee for the School Related Employee of the Year! She is truly our very own Super Woman!