Mary Kathy Gilley

W. H. Rhodes Elementary School


Our nominee embodies positivity! Administration has very purposefully placed her on hallway duty in the mornings at the crossroads of our school.  Almost every student, parent, and staff member at our school passes by her every morning and receives a warm welcome, a smile (under a mask this year!), and encouragement to make good choices and be kind to others.  The kids LOVE her and look forward to their greeting which is often silly but always positive and loving.  Our car rider students are fortunate to end their day the same way!  Between the bells, our nominee is all over campus.  She works in small groups with our kindergarten classes, assists our guidance counselor with testing needs, covers classes for teacher meetings, and covers our ISS room, when needed.  Our nominee spends the bulk of her day helping to meet the needs of our high poverty population by working with outside agencies and coordinating various assistance programs such as food giveaway programs, clothing, shoes, and backpack programs, Thanksgiving meals, and Christmas assistance.  Through these services, our nominee has had the opportunity to build close bonds with our struggling parents.  Her warm personality and professionalism makes them feel welcomed, valued, and supported.  It is for these reasons our school is happy to nominate our candidate.  She makes our school shine every day and we would be an excellent candidate as the Santa Rosa School Related Employee of the Year!