By: Sharon Aron Baron
A local school employee is one of six finalists for School Related District Employee of the Year at Broward County Public Schools. This award recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to BCPS and its students.
Teresa Basilone, Office Manager/Confidential Secretary is a finalist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was selected because in her 22 years of service to BCPS, she has never lost the enthusiasm, devotion and passion that she brings to work each day
Besides being the Office Manager/Confidential Secretary, Basilone takes on numerous other responsibilities including fundraising, community outreach and advocating for her school’s students and families.
“This honor stirs feelings of immense pride and appreciation, and serves as a sign that my actions continue to fall in line with my ideals and principles,” said Basilone.
A caring and encouraging mentor, she provides hands-on assistance to help students with whatever they need. “Ms. Basilone tackles everything that comes to her with dedication and a smile,” said Principal Ty Thompson.
Being a finalist is no easy task. First, nominations are submitted from schools, staff, students, parents and/or community members. Next, the nominees are invited to complete application packets. During the final stage, a District screening committee reviews the application packets, and interviews the top six candidates. The one with the highest combined application and interview scores is selected as the School Related District Employee of the Year.
Terri Cianelli, Secretary II, Seminole Middle School
Terri Cianelli is a team motivator who finds ways to maximize the talents and skills of her school’s clerical staff. Under her leadership, the clerical team provides an organized, customer-friendly environment to support teachers’ daily lesson plans and enhance students’ learning experiences. Cianelli is an excellent communicator who takes time to share information and resources with others, and helps parents, teachers and staff with complicated processes and procedures. She is a dynamic professional who goes above and beyond expectations in every task performed. “Ms. Cianelli takes great initiative and does not hesitate to wear any hat that is necessary to service any parent, teacher or students,” said Principal Kathryn Marlow.
Oshekia Day, Clerk Specialist IV, Student Support Initiatives
Oshekia Day maintains a pleasant attitude, a great sense of humor and a positive outlook that has gained her the respect of her peers and supervisors. “I have become an agent of change who’s willing and able to take the lead on various projects,” said Day. No task is too big or too small. She is a proactive team member who looks and thinks ahead to anticipate outcomes in preparing for department projects and activities. “Ms. Day is a leader among our staff and continues to go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of everyone she meets,” said her director, David L. Watkins, Equity & Academic Attainment Department.
Denise Loglia, Confidential Secretary, Atlantic West Elementary School
More than 10 years ago, Denise Loglia began volunteering in BCPS. It was her loving and caring attitude, as well as her professionalism, that opened doors for her to become an employee and make her mark as a valued and trusted resource. “She exceeds expectations when it comes to her commitment and dedication,” said Principal Diane Eagan. She has strong work ethics, focuses on the details, and takes the initiative to provide solutions to any issue. Loglia is always looking for ways to streamline procedures and bring the best customer service to students, teachers and parents.
Tracy-Ann Smith, Office Manager, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School
Tracy-Ann Smith is an innovative office manager who actively promotes and engages others in new projects and initiatives. Her supportive spirit has played a major role in the success of numerous new programs at her school. Smith also mentors and encourages students to become college and career ready. She often helps and guides parents through complicated processes to ensure their knowledge and understanding. “Ms. Smith endeavors to help students have success in whatever it is they will do next,” said Principal James F. Griffin. “She works hard to ensure our students are given everything they need to succeed.”
Suzanne Specht, Registrar, Plantation Park Elementary School
Suzanne Specht facilitates the enrollment process for students and parents at her school with a warm smile and welcome. She also coordinates the school’s volunteers and leads activities that support teachers’ lessons and assignments. Principal Julie Gittelman appreciates Specht’s willingness to offer assistance to others. “She has excellent relationships with everyone she comes into contact with, and is respected by her colleagues, students and parents for her hard work and dedication,” said Principal Gittleman.
The School-Related/District Employee of the Year is announced at the annual Caliber Awards, which recognizes all employees nominated by their schools as School-Related/District Employee Year, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Parkland Talk. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.