GPS names their certified, support staff employees of the month

Guthrie Public Schools named John Webb and Deanna Davenport as their employees of the month for November. The district also recognized Jessica West as the Certified Employee of the Month for October.

Jessica West – October’s Certified Employee of the Month

Jessica, who works with special education, was nominated by Carly Black and says Jessica is a school psychology “Rockstar.”

“She works hard every day to ensure our entire district is serviced for special education testing,” Black said in her nomination letter.

“Jessica has the best attitude and is eager to be a positive light to her coworkers and students she interacts with.”

A year ago West, who is a Guthrie High School graduate, helped mentor Black.

“Without Jessica, I would have felt like I was drowning, but she went out of her way to help me through my first year in a new position.”

Jessica West (left) was nominated by Carly Black.

John Webb – November’s Support Employee of the Month

Webb was nominated by the high school library staff, who says his patience is a virtue.

“There is a whole other level of patience when a technology expert who is dealing with people who are novices in this area of expertise,” the library staff said in their nomination letter.

The staff point out they appreciate the way Webb is able to explain ways in simple terms.

“His knack for simply explaining simple ways to sidestep small problems we have experienced in the past. The domino effect is the way we feel about our own abilities to do our job.”

The staff said they are thankful for the entire technology staff, but they say Webb has been their “hero” as of late with technical issues in the library.

John Webb (centered) was nominated by the Guthrie High School library staff.

Deanna Davenport – Novemer’s Certified Employee of the Month

“Mrs. Davenport is the best thing that happens to children of Fogarty Elementary in the mornings,” Lesley Cotton said of Deanna Davenport in her nomination letter.

Davenport meets and greets each student in the morning with “a smile and encouraging word about their day.”

Davenport knows each student by their name and encourages them to do their best, while reminding them to not forget their mask.

“She not only positively impacts the students in her own classroom but each student she encounters every morning,” Cotton said. “Positivity can make your day and Mrs. Davenport ensures the students of Fogarty Elementary receive their daily dose as they prepare for their day.”

The Guthrie Lions Club presented a plaque to the recipients and Sonic at I-35 and Highway 33 donated a $25 Sonic gift card.

Deanna Davenport (right) was nominated by Lesley Cotton.


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