Mansfield ISD established the Heartbeat Award in 2003 to honor the employees who not only do their job—they breathe life into the organization through their willingness to do any task with such passion while inspiring others along the way.
Three MISD staff members, nominated by the community, recently received this year’s award. Congratulations to Marquettia Stafford, Kaitlin McCool and Sarah Campbell.
Marquettia Stafford is the virtual functional academics teacher at Martha Reid Leadership Academy and Willie Brown Academy of Young Scholars. Stafford is in her fifth year as a certified teacher. Her coworkers said that she gives her all to teach her students with special needs and finds ways to connect lessons to real-world situations.
“She is a phenomenal teacher who integrates technology into daily learning and makes it engaging and fun for our special education students,” said Catherine McGuinness, principal at Martha Reid Leadership Academy. “Give her a challenge, and she’ll find a way to make it work.”
Before coming to Mansfield ISD, Stafford taught in public school systems in Mississippi and Virginia.
Kaitlin McCool is a first-year teacher at Lake Ridge High School who teaches statistics and college readiness math. She has months of classroom experience, but she has already left a lifelong impression on the students and staff members of the campus.
“She has built the types of relationships that you expect in a teacher with 20-plus years of experience,” said Ashley Alloway, principal at Lake Ridge High School. “She’s a natural teacher. She’s a natural relationship builder. She has a beautiful and exciting future ahead of her in education.”
McCool is a product of Mansfield ISD. She attended J.L. Boren Elementary School, Mary Orr Intermediate School, Brooks Wester Middle School and graduated from Mansfield High.
Sarah Campbell is also a Mansfield High School graduate and currently serves as the math interventionist at Thelma Jones Elementary School. Those who work with her said she does whatever it takes to ensure that students are successful.
“She doesn’t just do her job well; she can do any job at this campus and do it well,” said Mico Rhines, principal at Thelma Jones Elementary School. “It doesn’t matter what needs to be done. Her heart is in it.”
Campbell has always wanted the opportunity to come back and work in the district she attended as a student. After seven years in another district, she finally received that opportunity and has been loving it ever since.
The three winners were announced and recognized at the 2021 MISD Employee Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 13.