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January 2023 Excellence in Education Award

Jerome School District and Jiffy Lube/Burton Group announce the Excellence in Education recipients for January 2023: Jefferson Elementary School Teacher Shawn Silva; Falls City Teacher Stephanie Seig; and Jerome School District Migrant Liaison Patty Villavicencio.

The Excellence in Education award recognizes the outstanding work by the staff in the district and schools. The Jerome School District Superintendent, along with a committee of representatives from each building, reviews nominations received by staff, parents, students and community members, and then each month selects 1 elementary certified, 1 secondary certified, and 1 classified staff member consisting of para-professionals, maintenance, food service, secretaries, to receive the award.

Guidelines for selection are: 

  • Recipients must be a current employee of the Jerome School District; for Certified Nominations: recipient must hold a valid Idaho teacher or pupil personnel certificate; for Classified Nominations: recipient must be employed in any non-certified position; 

  • Administrators are not eligible for this recognition; 

  • Students, parents, administrators, or fellow staff members may nominate the individual here;

  •  The recognition is for those who go above and beyond in making difference in the life of anindividual student or lives of a group of students.

The Excellence in Education Award recipients for January, 2023 are:

1. Elementary certified recipient: Shawn Silva. With classroom experience of 19 years,

Shawn is currently teaching in the district’s English as a Second Language program

in Jefferson Elementary School. She was nominated by two elementary teachers with

this nomination: Shawn Silva is a light in our school for students. She takes so much

time to get to know and love each child she comes into contact with. This is my first

year having her working with my students. I see the love and positivity she shows

them at all times even when things get hard. My students love to go to her classroom

because they know they are loved, appreciated, and included. Mrs. Silva is a light to

all students she meets. Shawn is a caring, loving, teacher. She always treats her

students with a smile, hug or hello. I teach across the hall from her and I see the

excitement as they arrive to her class. She works specifically with English Language

Learners and to see them progress has been amazing! I also have truly appreciated

her support as a newer staff member. She showed me the way by showing kindness

and support. She has also worked in the district for a very long time! Her former

students always come back to say, “hello!” “Do you remember me?” and, “I loved your

class so much!” She always remembers them too! Shawn translates for staff,

students and parents where there is a Spanish English barrier. She truly is one of our

backbones in our school and I’m not sure what our students would do without her!

2. Secondary certified recipient: Stephanie Seig. As a Falls City Academy Social Studies

Teacher, Stephanie has taught for 16 years with 2 years in Jerome. She was nominated by

a co-worker with these comments: Ms. Seig has demonstrated a true approach to teaching

and teamwork. She has taken on the challenge of filling in for principal when needed. As a

teacher she strives to ensure that every student is learning. She provides an environment

that students feel safe and comfortable in for learning. Ms. Seig always has a positive

attitude that is contagious with the staff and students. Not only does she challenge her

students to grow and learn, she does the same personally. She role models what being a

life long learner is for her students. She is also a fantastic peer for our newer teachers as

she helps provide guidance and help. Ms. Seig is truly deserving to receive the Excellence

in Education and she has been willing to teach classes that she has not taught before to

help our students receive credits not otherwise offered in our school such as speech. She

has many endorsements and is willing to try new classes to help broaden our students'

interests. In the fourth quarter she will teach psychology for the first time. She uses her

years of experience positive attitude to encourage students and her fellow teachers. She

has helped start up School Spirit Club for Falls City Academy.

3. Classified staff recipient: Patty Villavicencio. As one of two Migrant Family Liaisons for

Jerome School District, Patty has worked for the district for four years and was nominated

by district staff with this information: Patty is always working above and beyond to help not

only the migrant families, but often she gets calls from non-English speakers that can not

communicate with the secretaries at some schools. She supports an after-school tutoring

program at the school trying to keep the migrant high schoolers on task with assignments

or projects. As I mentioned before, in this group, often there are some students that are not

in the migrant program, and Patty without thinking twice, helps them with the assignment

they need help with. Also, families call her for help if they need to fill out documents, or

translations or just someone to listen to them, Patty is always there and happy to help.

Patty is always cheerful and happy to be at work, her sense of humor is contagious. Patty

has been a great asset to the Jerome School District Migrant program. She is very

professional in her work, pays great attention to detail, and has increased our identification

and recruitment which has increased our program. Patty takes time to learn about our

families, making connections and providing support as needed. She provides afterschool

tutoring at the high school and has supported many students in gaining the credits

necessary to graduate. Our program would not continue to grow and prosper without her!

Patty is on her 4th year with the district and has never received this recognition. It is time.

The Excellence in Education Award program began in 2016 and continues through the 2022-23 school year and has recognized the district’s outstanding teachers and classified staff each month, for a full list of award recipients contact the district office. The Jerome School District presents each recipient a plaque with a $50 gift card provided by Jiffy Lube/Burton Group at the monthly school board meetings.


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