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Outstanding Employee

2022-2023 Nominations Open

Nominate an employee that you believe has demonstrated outstanding service to your public school academy in any of the following SUPO core values:

  • Collaboration and innovation with stakeholders
  • Continuous improvement of organizational initiatives
  • Compliance and transparency
  • Academic achievement
  • Diversity, ethics and stewardship

One outstanding employee from each academy will be honored with a special luncheon and award on May 12, 2023, at Saginaw Valley State University. To nominate an employee, click here.

Nominations are due by March 1, 2023.

2021-2022 Outstanding Employee Award Winners

Command Sergeant Major Kenneth Covington

Chandler Park Academy High School
Career Technical Education (CTE) Program

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Covington has been leading our largest CTE Program at the high school for ten years. He built the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Program at Chandler Park Academy high school. Under his leadership, the JROTC Program has been classified as an "Honor Unit with distinction" on several occasions.

CSM Covington has provided our cadets with a plethora of opportunities during his tenure as leader of the JROTC program. He has organized trips to Washington DC, New York City, and several army bases. This has given students the opportunity to experience the history of the United States and enabled them to gain an appreciation for the armed services. CSM Covington has devoted much of his personal time to provide students with opportunities outside of the classroom. He has facilitated multiple JROTC extracurricular teams, including the rifle team, academic team, raiders team, drill team, and cadet challenge team. Each year he devotes a week of his time to work with cadets at the annual JCLC camp. Furthermore, CMS Covington has sought out CTE partnerships so that our students could gain experience with drones and robotics.

Raymond Jones II

Saginaw Preparatory Academy

Mr. Jones makes a positive impact no matter where he is assigned in the building! His primary role is supporting implementation of our SWPBIS program by providing needed interventions for students and teaching SEL to his assigned grade level classrooms. Outside of these responsibilities, he helps develop our positive incentives and events for students and collaborates with his grade level teams to ensure needed supports are in place. Mr. Jones goes above and beyond his role by supporting whenever and wherever needed! From bus aide to substitute teaching, with his 10 years of experience at the school he can easily jump into any role he is called upon! His flexibility and consistency make him a vital member of our team!

Favorite quote: "As intelligent as a person may be, lacking humility can make them imbecilic. Growth requires patience, reflection, accountability and quite often SILENCE as we need to LISTEN to those who came before us, to learn from their wisdom as well as their mistakes." - Erica Brown

Julie McGowen

Waterford Montessori Academy - Midland Campus
Special Education Teacher

Julie brings extensive knowledge to ensure our special education department is in compliance. She is amazing with the children and is able to gain compliance with even our most challenging students. Julie implemented a filing system for special education students that keeps us well organized and in compliance with special education documentation. She works collaboratively with our administrative team as well as our whole staff to ensure we have the skills to work with children of all abilities. Her knowledge and support has improved our ability to provide the best education for not only special education students but general education students as well.

Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

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