Forest Trail ES EANESpiration Winners, 2017

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Educational Impact Award

Those who display leadership and commitment to the district by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact.

Ms. Jennifer Flood
Ms. Flood has gone above and beyond to enhance the learning on our campus. She has made herself available to students through Open Lab days with activities ranging from graphic design to coding robots. Additionally, she has led the charge to initiate the use of our new STEAM carts by pushing them into classrooms and leading lessons. She has done a wonderful job organizing new technology rollouts and training our teachers in Apple TV and Mac Books. On more than one occasion, Ms. Flood has assisted students in retrieving lost projects from folders and iPads when all hope was lost. We are so thankful to have Ms. Flood in our Forest Trail family.

Ms. Min Tung
Ms. Tung volunteers weekly in the GT area, and is an amazing help to our students. She is always willing and able to take on a variety of tasks from putting up bulletin boards, making copies, creating student books, and testing out new lesson ideas. Ms. Tung also works on all kinds of special projects in the library, processing new books, weeding out the old books, organizing the magazines, creating bulletin boards, reserving books, accounting for book fair purchases and much more. Her kind and generous nature makes her a real asset at the circulation desk. She is eager to help the young library visitor find that very special book. With her fun and lively spirit, she makes the hunt for that elusive book an enjoyable memory.

Heroes Award

Those who perform an outstanding achievement that brings prestige to Eanes ISD, or do something that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Ms. Dacia Maldanado
Ms. Maldanado is always striving to innovate new ideas and shows productive techniques from which others can learn, when helping students in the classroom. The way in which she motivates students on our campus is refreshing, creative and most needed. She effectively lets administration know how her week has progressed; allowing us all to know what supports she may need. She is a gift to our students and our staff and we so appreciate her!

Mr. Mike Rivera

Mr. Rivera keeps our school safe and clean for our students. He does all of this with a smile on his face. He also knows most of the students by name and is positive and kind to our students. Even when we have accidental glitter explosions on the floor, he understands that it is for the children and simply smiles. He is on top of everything - even several steps ahead whenever we need something set up or moved. He is always positive and we appreciate all of his help each day!

Innovation Award

Those who implement a creative or innovative program, teaching method, or cost-savings.

Ms. Christie Schultz
Ms. Schultz has been a mainstay at Forest Trail for years in several different roles and her innovative way of thinking has made our campus better in so many ways. She moved FTE online by replacing photo copies of event information sent out in Thursday folders to web based information. She created her own graphic art for progressive dinners, bingo, No Hassle, Auction and she created a social media presence for the Booster club and the FTE Parents group. Other programs she oversees include making the courtyard a usable learning space with shade and furniture, new library furniture, and modernizing the front hallway of the school. Also this year she created Booster Club Socials to help volunteers connect to each other, Donuts for Dad, Muffins for Mom, and the FTE Movie and talent show to pull the community together. Christie envisioned a school that was connected in every way, and we are seeing that come together.

Good Samaritan Award

One who displays compassion, selflessness, or courage by taking initiative.

Andy and Julie Jones
These wonderful parents took the 5th grade GT Project-Based Learning idea for beautifying our school and bridged it to encompass the whole 5th grade as a service project. Dr. and Mrs. Jones gave their own time on a holiday weekend to power wash the entire outdoor ramp area. Mrs. Jones located and interviewed a local artist to help get the project started. She has also organized a group of volunteer parents who helped seal and prepare the walls for painting. She has shopped for the painting supplies and handled the budget for the whole project. These parents are true examples of people who make a positive difference in our school and community. We thank you for your time, energy, and devotion to our school!