Everybody plays a vital role in the education of students. The Mansfield ISD Shining Star Award puts a spotlight on non-teaching staff members for their exceptional service and contributions to MISD students and staff members.
After submissions from the community, three employees were chosen to receive the Shining Star Award. This year’s Shining Star Award recipients are Mark Williamson, Kim Murphree and Martavius McDonald. They often work behind the scenes, but their impact is felt throughout the district.
Mark Williamson has worked in MISD for 19 years. He has been the director of maintenance for 13 of those years. Williamson enjoys assisting the school administrators and staff with their needs to help facilitate student learning.
“Mark is one of those incredible people who’s going to find a way to help you. He’s going to find a way to make things possible for student experience,” said Jeff Brogden, associate superintendent of facilities and bond programs.
Nominators said Williamson was a great leader through the February winter storm as well. With his quick actions and preventative measures, he helped save the district thousands of dollars in damage.
Kim Murphree has been with Mansfield ISD since 2005. She currently serves as an educational technology trainer, supporting all of the teachers and staff in technology integration.
“She’s had some very innovative practices that help our team reach teacher support and parent/student support,” said Jan North, director of instructional technology. “Her work has impacted across the district.”
Colleagues also said that Murphree can often be seen helping others and using her skills to make a difference.
Martavius McDonald is an MISD bus driver. He has a passion for what he does and for serving students. He treats every student as if they were his own and is known for his welcoming demeanor, positive energy and encouraging nature with all of his students.
“He’s engaging with people. He smiles with people. He will greet his students by name,” said David Walker, director of transportation. “That type of interaction really bonds him with people."
After experiencing the tragedy of losing his own daughter in 2020, McDonald said he finds joy in seeing his students every day. He noted that through tragedy, he has been inspired to focus daily on becoming a better bus driver.
The three winners were announced and recognized at the 2021 MISD Employee Awards Reception on Thursday, May 13.