Two Mansfield ISD employees, nominated by their coworkers, received the Heartbeat Award for displaying heart in their lives and inspiring other district employees through their actions.
Jason Mutterer, an associate principal at Summit High School, is known for the care he demonstrates for his students and his coworkers.
“Every fiber of his being has been dedicated to Mansfield ISD, and the past many, many years to Summit High School. He exudes Summit Love and I think we all know that,” said Superintendent Dr. Kimberley Cantu.
Coach Mutt, as Jason is affectionately known, has been an employee of the district for 27 years. He was hired in 1994 and taught social studies and coached basketball before being promoted to associate principal at Summit High School.
The nominations Coach Mutt received demonstrate the fondness his co-workers have for him.
“Coach Mutt is truly the heartbeat of our campus. He is always cheering students, teachers and staff on. He shows up physically, mentally and emotionally every day,” said Summit High School English teacher, Madeline McPhee. “He is truly Summit Love, and our campus would not be the same without him.”
Nick Frazier, Operations Manager at the Dr. Jim Vaszauskas Center for the Performing Arts, also received a Heartbeat Award.
“There were multiple nominations for Nick, and so people recognize how much he is not just the heart of The Center, but the heart of Mansfield ISD,” said Dr. Cantu.
Frazier has been with the district for nine years. He oversees all of the details that go into setting up spaces at The Center, whether the request is for a small department meeting or something as large as the annual Toys for Tots event.
“This place would not be the place it is, and we would not be able to do as many events as we do if it wasn’t for Nick and the crew,” said Flo Torres, The Center Director. “He loves everybody especially our kids. He wants to make sure that when they come in they have the best experience.”
The Mansfield ISD Heartbeat Award was created in January 2003. In November 2021, the award was revamped to include a $250 gift from Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU).
EECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by its more than 250,000 members. Established in 1934 by a group of Fort Worth teachers and administrators, the financial institution is committed to supporting the communities it serves while giving its members everything they expect from a banking company.