Hodgesville Elementary aide named as finalist for SPOY


HODGESVILLE — The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced 10 finalists for the 2022-2023 West Virginia School Service Personnel of the Year. This honor recognizes the commitment and dedication of staff members in the public school system who work beyond expectations to serve students and families in their communities. They have earned the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, co-workers and parents.

According to the West Virginia Department of Education website, “The WVBE established the annual awards program to recognize outstanding school service personnel employees. Each year the program honors one person, chosen from aides, bus operators, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel, for his/her contribution to the school and community.”

The program is designed to work similarly to the state’s Teacher of the Year program, which honors a classroom teacher who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues and play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.

Jessica Grose is a special education aide at Hodgesville Elementary School in Upshur County, West Virginia. According to her colleagues, Grose is a great team player who will step up wherever she is needed. During her 11 years of service, Grose has made lasting connections with the students. She makes every student feel important through her positive attitude and genuineness.

In addition to the support she provides in her school building, Grose volunteers with the Upshur County FFA, the Buckhannon-Upshur football team, choir, band, cheerleading team and Buckhannon #24 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Each year the State of West Virginia identifies an outstanding service personnel to be the West Virginia School Service Personnel Employee of the Year.

The service personnel must:

• hold any required certification in area(s) of assignment

• be a current full-time service personnel employee; and

• have local county board consent to participate

The service personnel should:

• extend himself/herself beyond basic required duties by displaying initiative and creativity

• enhances student learning through exemplary service in his/her position

• creates positive relationships with parents, students, coworkers and community members

• makes schools safer, healthier and more attractive

• earns respect and admiration of colleagues and the community

• demonstrates exceptional skill and dedication on the job

• displays exemplary leadership abilities through active participation in school or district and community activities, and/or by making decisions and delegating effectively and diplomatically

• exhibits good interpersonal skills

• utilizes in-service and /or training to consistently improve and develop skills; and

• demonstrates exemplary interpersonal skills in communicating with students, families, and community members, as well as collaboration with professionals

Congratulations Jessica Grose for the outstanding recognition for your hard work and commitment to Upshur County students!

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