"GP2W" stands for Great Place To Work. The four characters serve as a reminder in communication among our staff of the culture of our district. Each week through the school year, our website will feature an article on one of our schools, departments, or people explaining how they make SDPC a Great Place To Work!
by Josh Young, Principal
We have a lot of things to celebrate as employees of Daniel High School. The accomplishments of our students in academics, athletics, and fine arts is second to none. This year we have stressed that it is all of these parts working as one that make our school a Great Place to Work. The theme of working together as One Daniel is personified in our 2014-15 Support Employee and Teacher of the Year.
Judy Edwards, our Data Entry Clerk, is our Support Employee of the Year. Judy's colleagues have had many kind things to say about her work ethic, demeanor and attitude. Judy is selfless—always willing to go the extra mile just to help make someone else's job just a little easier—even at the expense of her own time. While she does her job with great skill, she isn't just a perfectionist in her position; in everything she does, she gives the same great care and attention to detail.
She often works in quiet ways behind the scenes. She has baked dozens and dozens of cookies to support ROTC's fundraising efforts. Her baking has also served to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis foundation through Team Adam. She has sorted, rearranged, and evaluated every possible data point known at this school—even when it's not part of her job duty. She is so knowledgeable about every aspect of this school. In the rare event that she doesn't know how to do something, she works tirelessly to figure out how to solve the problem. And she does absolutely everything with a smile on her face.
Rachel Jones, a special education teacher, is our Teacher of the Year. She is a champion for her students and her colleagues, she works diligently to make sure that her students are able to learn to the best of their abilities. She always makes sure that the work her colleagues do in the classroom is supported by her instruction. Mrs. Jones goes the distance every day to ensure that her students are equipped to find success. As one colleague explained, "She has poured her heart and soul into her students."
Rachel is a champion for all students—regardless of ability. She has a natural ability to connect with students in a way that makes them flock to be in her company. Her students all say that she helps them with anything they need help with. One student stated, "Mrs. Jones helps us focus in school and makes us want to do better. She knows how to get down on our level and makes the most difficult work seem like something we can actually do. She's like a mom to all of us." Mrs. Jones has had a positive impact on the parents as well. One parent noted, "She has an exceptional ability to relate to and understand her students."
These special ladies are two prime examples of the spirit and cooperation that make D.W. Daniel such a special place. One Daniel!