DuPriest, a teacher at Las Palmas School, went from a general education teacher to a special education teacher a few years ago after attending school for a special education credential.
Dianne Harris, the Las Palmas School principal who presented DuPreist with the award, said DuPriest was holding a daytime job, attending school and raising her family while pursuing her studies, which took a lot of energy and dedication. DuPriest also sets the bar high for her students and expects that they give their best in order achieve their potential. DuPriest holds those students to grade level standards, even though many of them are several grade levels behind, Harris noted.
Entering her classroom, one can see DuPriest’s teaching standards and ability to individualize for each of her students. The class environment is rigorous and shows a no excuse philosophy for achieving the best, Harris explained
Loren Nield, who is in the technology department, was nominated by nine of the district office staff members. In his nomination papers, Nield is described as an outstanding employee who does his job quietly and efficiently. Coworkers say he responds to IT requests promptly and follows up when appropriate. Nield’s extensive knowledge makes his work appear effortless and coworkers say they would be lost without his background and expertise.
All of the coworkers say Nield is a pleasure to work with and never makes anyone feel inadequate in their knowledge of computers, even though he has a vast knowledge of his subject. They explain he has always been able to resolve computer issues. Nield’s coworkers say he is pleasant, friendly and never raises his voice. One coworker said that Nield goes beyond the call of duty with a smile, is a pleasure to work with, and notes that his work ethic is an inspiration to all. Shawn Posey, assistant superintendent of student services, who presented Nield with the award, described him as “dependable, efficient and helpful.”