DAVISON — Recognition of those staff selected as monthly Davison Community Schools Kids First award recipients has been delayed since last year as COVID-19 restrictions have prohibited the board from meeting in public.
Instead of delaying the recognition another month, winners from December, January and February were lauded virtually at this month’s board meeting.
Those recognized included Davison High School Attendance Secretary Angela Gooch, Director of Public Information Michelle Edwards and Siple Elementary Paraprofessional Kathleen Freeman. Each month, administrators nominate a DCS employee who best exemplifies what it means to be “Kids First.”
Winners receive a $100 Visa gift card thanks to Mark Owen, owner of MEEMIC insurance agencies in Davison and Flint Township, and a certificate. The winner is chosen at random.
Gooch was selected as the December recipient. She was nominated by Edwards, who wrote: “Angie is relatively new to her position as Attendance Secretary at Davison High School, but she sure does handle her job like a veteran professional. Her attention to detail has been very evident throughout the COVID crisis as Angie keeps track of multiple students on a daily basis and knows who should – and should not – be in the building due to quarantine restrictions. She is conscientious, concise and courteous, and she treats parents, students and co-workers with respect. She is knowledgeable and understands the importance of maintaining accurate attendance records and is always quick to respond. Most of all, she is one of the nicest people to talk to on the phone. Davison Community Schools is very lucky to have Angie on staff and here to support our students, staff and families.”
The January award winner, Edwards, was nominated by administrators throughout the district.
“I cannot think of a single moment in my career at Davison Community Schools that has not been impacted by her,” said Siple Elementary Principal Christy Flowers. “Michelle always says that she loves being able to tell the stories of the Davison Community Schools and she does that job so very well. I believe the reason she is an awesome storyteller is because she communicates from her huge heart. Michelle demonstrates a love for people that is rare and pure.”
Flowers also nominated Freeman, who is this month’s “Kids First” recipient.
“Kathleen serves as a Medical Aide for medically fragile students at Siple Elementary,” Flowers said. “She also works to cover the others on the medical team of the Davison Community Schools. What makes Kathleen an excellent candidate for the Kids First Award is her willingness to jump in and help students and staff in any way she can. She bundles up to help children at recess. When the doorbell rings and a parent is there to drop a student off or pick a student up, she pops out of her office to warmly greet them and help with their needs. She helps calm students that come in from recess with bumps or bruises and has been an incredible help with evaluating and monitoring sick students during this time when we are on heightened medical watch. Her warm smile and positive attitude help the children feel well cared for and calms them.”