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ABOUT THE PCPS FOCUSED ON EXCELLENCE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION CAMPAIGN
Every day, employees throughout Polk County Public Schools give their best to our students. Whether they work in a classroom, the district office, or behind the wheel of a school bus, every PCPS employee in some way contributes to our mission of putting Students First — and they deserve to be thanked. The Focused on Excellence Employee Recognition Campaign is designed to do exactly that: create moments to focus on our employees and celebrate the outstanding work that they do.
Focused on Excellence winners are selected quarterly through a nomination and committee process. Each winner will receive:
- Recognition in an announcement posted to polkschoolsfl.com, the school district’s employee intranet, and social media; and included in PCPS 1st News – the district’s electronic newsletter.
- A video news package posted to polkschoolsfl.com, the school district’s employee intranet, and social media as well as distributed to news media.
- Recognition at a School Board meeting.
- Appreciation luncheon with their supervisor, other honorees, sponsors, and members of district leadership.
- Prize package courtesy of our generous program sponsors
- Exclusive program gifts
- Custom-made award created by students
WHAT OUR EMPLOYEES ARE SAYING
“It gives not just parents, students, and the district but also the general public as well a better view of the kind of things that happen in our school system. I am honored to be able to make things easier and more convenient for everyone, even if it’s usually behind the scenes.”
— Jason Karol, senior manager, Web Applications
“Very rewarding, just solidifying that when you come in and try to do your best that you can possibly do. When you have that passion that other people are going to notice it whether you do it for recognition or not. I’m a teacher, and that is the best job that I can hold for Polk County Public Schools.”
— Tonya Clayton, first grade teacher at Fred G. Garner Elementary
“This program really is a shining star for us. Everyone knows that I am a bus driver, but they don’t know the things that we do behind the scenes.”
— Dineshia Roberson, bus driver for area 1, Transportation
“My goal is to light a fire for learning within each of my students. Once that fire ignites it will burn, allowing that love of learning to continually grow year after year, throughout their school careers. Being selected as a winner, I just felt humbled and honored, and I was like WOW! I’ve done something that people are noticing, and they appreciate what I do, it made me feel special.”
— Candace Chappell-George, kindergarten teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary
Employees, nominate a fellow staff member.
Do you know a hardworking, dedicated employee who gives their very best to our school district?
Nominate them and tell us about the impact they are making within Polk County Public Schools.
Focused on Excellence Sponsors
WHAT OUR SPONSORS ARE SAYING
“Through this campaign, it’s rewarding those who are doing some of the most important work in our community and recognizes individuals who are too often overlooked.”
— Owen Fasolas, Lakeland Magic
“Our future depends on children and education. It’s very impactful whatever can be done to help them do a better job. Everyone appreciates getting a pat on the back and knowing that other people see them doing a good job and are dedicated to what they are trying to accomplish every day.”
— Rene Tirado, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
“When you give back to something like this that has the ability to touch everyone and realizing the impact it has on them when they are recognized, it’s pretty humbling.”
— Brian West, Publix Super Markets
Why Become a Sponsor?
- Exclusive employee audience — More than 13,000 employees!
- Countywide reach and an extensive social media presence
Facebook: 52,155 followers
Twitter: 8,144 followers
Instagram: 9,040 followers
- To support the life-changing work public education does for students!
Your donation is tax-deductible. Contact the department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships for more information.
Jeanette Crowley, Director, Strategic Partnerships | 863-457-4708 x828