May STEEL Awards Announced

Library assistant, broadcasting teacher earn honors
By: Todd Martin

One is a positive team player, always ready to help. The other is a leader on his campus and the voice of Killeen ISD everywhere else.
Maxdale Elementary School library assistant Charlotte Anderson and Career Center radio broadcasting teacher Jamie Garrett are STEEL Award winners for the month of May.
Maxdale Principal Bobbie Evans said Anderson is a problem-solver who continually contributes to the success of the school.
“She contributes wherever support is needed, works with the campus to solve challenges, and takes the initiative to get things done,” the principal said in nominating the hard-working library assistant.
“We are so fortunate to have Ms. Anderson here making a positive difference for our school every day.”
Career Center Principal Russell Porterfield said Garrett is known for his professionalism, dedication and leadership on the campus and beyond.
In addition to teaching a popular radio broadcasting class, the teacher takes his students on the road to work at athletic events, fine arts performances and numerous other events to give real-world experience.
“He is dedicated to KISD student spending countless hours outside of the school day doing live broadcasts and remotes,” said Porterfield. 
The teacher goes beyond his own considerable responsibilities to offer ideas to assist with campus activities and student life.
“He also cares tremendously for his students and goes far above and beyond the call of a teacher to help them in a time of need.”
STEEL means Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Learners.
The school district unveiled the re-branded monthly employee award this year.
Superintendent John Craft and Assistant Superintendent David Manley joined other district representatives and campus leaders in presenting the surprise awards to Whitehead and Rivas.
The STEEL awards are also steel awards, handmade by students in the KISD Career Center welding classes.
Tough, long-lasting, resilient, and consistent, the award personifies each recipient, Craft pointed out in presenting the honors.