Mansfield ISD launched a new recognition program to celebrate employees who demonstrate excellence in supporting students and staff members. The recognition, called the Trusted Hero Award, will be presented to four staff members each year—two in the fall and two in the spring.
Each honoree will receive a $250 check and will be formally recognized at a board meeting. The award is made possible through the district’s partnership with Texas Trust Credit Union.
“They’re really a longstanding partner of Mansfield ISD, and we’re really excited to partner with them and to celebrate our amazing educators,” said Mansfield ISD Superintendent Dr. Kimberley Cantu.
The Fall 2021 Texas Trust Hero Award winners are Leighann Spence, nurse at Thelma Jones Elementary School, and Victoria Webster, Mansfield ISD director of STEM. They were surprised with the news on Monday, Oct. 18.
Leighann Spence is described as a tireless worker who has gone to great lengths through the years, and particularly during COVID, to ensure her school family is healthy and safe. Coworkers noted that she keeps a level head and always has the best answers.
“When students come to her, she is very nurturing and caring,” said Principal Mico Rhines. “If it’s something as simple as a band aid or ice to make them feel better, she is always there to support their every need. She takes care of everyone.”
Rhines added that nurse Spence is more than essential; she is valued beyond measure.
Victoria Webster is described as someone who puts her entire heart and soul into the district STEM program. In addition to her STEM duties, Webster served as the administrator of the district’s temporary virtual learning option, comprised of more than 1,350 students and 60 teachers.
Her colleagues noted that she is brilliant and channels that brilliance into giving back.
“Vicky is an amazing educator. She’s innovative. She has been an integral part of designing amazing learning experiences for our kids and leading our STEM program,” said Area Superintendent Brandon Johnson. “Whatever the need is, she steps in and steps up to the challenge and does a fantastic job with excellence in everything she does.”
Trusted Hero Award winners are nominated by fellow MISD staff members. The nomination window is scheduled to open again in March.