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Faculty and Staff of the Week

JANUARY 23, 2023

I'd like to pass the Panther Praise to Mr. Abel Logan. Mr. Logan has been super welcoming to me as a first-year teacher. He also has put a lot of effort into building relationships with students and it absolutely shows in how much they enjoy his class! I appreciate his intentionality in making sure all students are included and welcome. - Alyssa Pinney

JANUARY 16, 2023

I am passing the Panther Praise to Alyssa Pinney.  Alyssa truly cares about our kids, and works tirelessly to ensure their success.  Her wit and humor make difficult days better.  Alyssa is a great co-worker and teacher.  I’m honored to be her teammate. - Dawn Deaton

JANUARY 9, 2023

I want share some praise for my fellow Capricorn, Dawn Deaton and her tireless efforts to greet the first students arriving as early at 6:30 for Cheer, Dance and the REAL program. She seems to have an endless supply of patience and stamina, filling in wherever and wherever she is asked. I’m honored to be her teammate. - Joe Morgan

JANUARY 2, 2023

I’d like to give a shout out to Mr. Joe Morgan. Joe is caring, hardworking, and dedicated to his job. I look forward to our morning talks during hall duty- it is one of my favorite parts of the day. His students do not walk by without greeting him, which is a true testament to the type of teacher he is. He and Becky have been part of the Hayes family since the beginning and it’s comforting to know they aren’t going anywhere soon- they still have several more grandchildren to walk our halls! - LeAnn Hall

DECEMBER 12, 2022

I want to give a shout out to LeAnn Hall. Ms. Hall is always available to answer questions about what's new. Whenever I come out into the Hayes community, I can count on a welcoming smile from LeAnn, a sharing of trade secrets, and bringing me up-to-date on what was due the previous week. She is a hard worker and valuable partner in working with the Accelerated students. - Derrick Anderson

DECEMBER 5, 2022

I want to send a shout out to Mr. Derrick Anderson.  He’s not only great with his kids, but he is always smiling and laughing. His grasshoppers love his class, and he always pushes them to do their best.  He also always has a nice word to say to anyone he passes, and I appreciate his attitude and kindness.  Much love to you King Grasshopper! - Jimmie Lee Johnson

NOVEMBER 28, 2022

While I have numerous people that I would like to nominate for the outstanding work that they have done, I would like to nominate Jimmie Johnson for Panther of the Week. Jimmie's attitude is infectious, and he always knows the right things to say. Jimmie not only works extremely hard to make sure that our rooms are ready for the next day (I swear he has an extra set of arms with all the things that he has accomplished throughout the day), but he also works hard to get to know the people around him. Jimmie was one of the first people that I met here at Hayes. To be honest, I was nervous about coming to a new workplace. But after meeting Jimmie, I knew that all was going to be well. Jimmie has been a wonderful coworker, advice giver, and most importantly a friend. I always look forward to our daily meetings after general dismissal. It is always a highlight of my day. - Wil Bischoff

NOVEMBER 21, 2022

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours with a group of students on a trip to Locust Trace. This trip gave me a chance to see William Bischoff in action. He had quite a few challenging students to deal with, but never missed a beat in making sure that the kids soaked up as much information as they could. He is a wealth of agricultural knowledge, which was very apparent on this trip. On a personal note, Will is the kind of person that will do anything he can to help and is an overall great guy. - Sammy Hall

NOVEMBER 14, 2022

This week I would like to nominate Mr. Sammy Hall. I think everyone in the school would agree that there is not one person that Sammy hasn't taken care of in the building. He's always willing to jump in and help others to get the job done. We're truly blessed to have Mr. Sammy (jack of all trades) Hall. Thanks Bro. - Ty Henson

NOVEMBER 7, 2022

I want to recognize Ty Henson.  Ty is a true loyal Panther.  He goes above and beyond for our school, staff, and teachers, and he makes sure all of the little things get done behind the scenes. Ty takes pride in his work, and he is proud to be a Panther.  He takes time to know our kids and they all love him.  Our building wouldn’t be the same without Ty. - Eddie Chenault

OCTOBER 31, 2022

I would like to pass my Panther Praise on to Eddie Chenault. Eddie and his team do a wonderful job keeping this building looking great. Eddie is always willing to help us in any way he can,  from pushing milk down to the cafeteria after breakfast or helping take out the cafeteria’s recycling each day. Not to mention Eddie’s infectious laugh. Makes the day go much better when he is around. 

OCTOBER 24, 2022

I would like to pass the Panther Praise to Erik Ansley.  As the manager of our school’s cafeteria, he is responsible for feeding our students twice each day.  We have a huge middle school and this is not an easy job. If you have ever been in the kitchen part of the cafeteria, you would never guess that they are preparing food twice a day. It is always clean.  Erik always has a smile on his face and is willing to help the grade level team by storing food items in the refrigerator.  Every day he asks how I am doing and about the football team.  Thank you, Erik, for all that you do for our students!- Steve Railey

OCTOBER 17, 2022

I would like to pass the Panther Praise to Steven Russell Railey.  There are very few people who pour so much of their time, energy, heart, and soul into this building. Not only does he teach all day, but he also coaches football, mentors his boys' class, and is in grad school.  I have relied on his counsel almost every day this past summer and this school year.  He is an incredible asset to the 7th grade team, and I am so thankful he came to join us. I know he's going to gripe and moan because he feels that the Panther Praise shouldn't just be given to people on the same team, but he deserves it.  What he brings to a team is invaluable and irreplaceable. - Alexis Goforth

OCTOBER 10, 2022

I don't get to teach with Alexis Goforth this year, but that hasn't stopped her from taking care of me. Thank you for all the early morning pep talks and words of encouragement. Last year I got to see the amount of time and energy you put into your work just to make assignments more enjoyable for students. You always make sure the kids in your room are motivated and having fun. I miss getting to teach with her every day, but appreciate her always coming to talk to me and having a Diet Coke to offer.  - Peyton Ransdell

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

I would like to pass it on to Peyton Ransdell. Peyton is new to our room this year, but you would never know it. She is compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable and brings a great energy to the classroom that makes learning fun. Thank you for your leadership. We are so lucky to have you!

SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

I would like to nominate ONE of the unsung heroes of our building.  Kristi Shearer works in Room 509 as one of the paraeducators that perform miracles every day!  I know that each and every day brings challenges that are hard for many of us to imagine.  She works hard every day to meet the needs of the kids in her classroom and does so with a calm demeanor and a heart of gold.  Of course, I should know....she's my little sister!  But all family affiliations aside, I am amazed at what they can accomplish in room 509....it is miraculous! - Diane Bradley

SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

This week I would like to nominate the one and only, Mrs. Diane Bradley.  I think everyone in our school would agree that she goes above and beyond for us each and every day.  Diane is a problem solver, she's always willing to jump in and help others to get the job done. She never ceases to amaze me with her knowledge and willingness to learn new skills for her everchanging job each year... plus, she does it all with a smile on her face!  Diane is a tremendous asset to our school, and we're truly blessed to have her! - Ashlee VanHoose

SEPTEMBER 5, 2022

I would like to nominate Ashlee Vanhoose for her outstanding work with the GT students.  As a former (GT) teacher I know the pressure and unrealistic expectations put on the GT teacher.  The parents, administration, and other teachers sometimes forget that a GT student has certain strengths---not everything is a strength.   Many folks overlook this program and the teacher because we don't understand what they do.  I have witnessed Ashlee being firm, professional, and caring with everyone she encounters.  She really believes that all students can be successful.   She is such an encourager to all our student population.  She creates high level critical thinking assignments that enhance deeper understanding of all areas. If you ever get a chance stop by and watch this lady in action.  All students at EJ Hayes are blessed to have her as a resource for their future success.-  Carl Willoughby

AUGUST 29, 2022

I would like to nominate Carl Willoughby. In my short time at Hayes, Carl has been a helping hand, an encouraging voice, and a guiding light for me. Carl’s optimism and positivity is consistent inside and outside of the classroom. He pushes his students in Drama to embrace creativity, communication, empathy and to use their imaginations to the fullest. Hayes is incredibly blessed to have Carl as a part of the team!- Margaret Dostart

AUGUST 22, 2022

I would like to nominate Margaret Dostart. For those of you who might not know, Margaret jumped into the art room mid-year last year and flourished. If you haven’t stopped by the art room, you are really missing out. Margaret has been busy transforming the room, which is amazing! Margaret challenges her students to reach their full potential all while wearing a smile on her face. Hayes is lucky to have you, Margaret! - Bonnie Litteral

AUGUST 15, 2022

I would like to nominate Bonnie Litteral.  Bonnie is another wonderful teacher in our building who is always looking for new ways to engage students and support them in their learning.  She always has a smile on her face and is a cheerleader for both her students and staff.  I've gotten to work with her more closely as a Kagan Coach these past few years and she always has great ideas on how to get everyone up, moving, and smiling.  Thanks for all you do!- Jessica Bohannon

AUGUST 8, 2022

I’d like to nominate Jessica Bohannon. Jessica is the type of teacher that never fails to go above and beyond. She is always engaging and finding ways to make sure that her students know that they belong in her room. Working with her closely when she was in sixth grade, I was able to observe and admire her patience, persistence, and passion for teaching. She is always willing to help others and is not judgmental towards anyone. She is kind and always welcoming to all. I’m grateful to have had her on my team, as my KTIP mentor, and as a friend. Thank you for being such a backbone to this school! -  McKenna Best

AUGUST 1, 2022

I would like to pass the Panther Praise to McKenna Best! If you need help with anything McKenna will volunteer. She works with WEB, Real Girls Stand Strong, SBDM counsel, Cougars Team Leader, and is a track coach. In addition, she is a strong relationship builder with students. Her students know that she is in their corner, and she is someone they can depend on. Her passion for her students is evidentinandoutoftheclassroom! McKenna, Hayes is lucky to have you as a teacher!! -  Steve Railey