Killeen ISD is recognizing a hard-working lead groundskeeper and a longtime middle school math teacher as STEEL Award winners for the month of December.
Both groundskeeper Dave Vasquez and Manor Middle School math teacher John Nelson have the word “lead” in their job titles, and both have caught the attention of their supervisors – in a good way!
“Dave is a reliable employee who takes pride in his work,” said KISD Executive Director for Facilities Services Adam Rich.
“He is always welcoming and comes to work with a smile on his face. He is loved by the KISD community and is known for his dedication and kind spirit,” said Rich. “Dave makes KISD beautiful with his gardening and groundskeeping abilities!”
“We often hear from campus or district staff that his efforts are noticed and greatly appreciated. His tireless work ethic radiates through the department, and he does all of this humbly without seeking recognition.”
The lead math teacher at Manor is similarly appreciated.
Manor Principal Rhea Bell said this about Nelson:
“He is an Amazing teacher, always kind and always looking for solutions to challenges.”
She said Nelson is highly respected by students and colleagues alike.
“He is a committed Manor Ram and we are blessed to have him serve our school,” she said of the 20-year KISD teacher.
“John Nelson is a highly knowledgeable math teacher with an immense heart for students and their academic outcomes,” Bell said.
“He leads the math department as the math lead teacher, helps other staff members with instructional ideas or technology needs, and stands at the ready to chaperone student events, attend ball games and grill for the staff or concession stand.
“When I think of a Manor Ram, I immediately think of John and all that he means to all of us! He is the epitome of what it means to be a Manor Ram!”
During award presentations, Superintendent John Craft explained that the award, made of steel, is a strong, resilient substance that matches the district employee recipients.
STEEL means Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Learners. KISD announces two STEEL award recipients a month.