News

JPPSS names Outstanding School Support Employees of the Year

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) announced three employees as its Outstanding School Support Employees of the Year: Virginia “Dale” Perrin of Leo Kerner Elementary, David Addison of Riverdale Middle, and Cindy Trahan of Grand Isle School. The three employees are the district’s nominees for the state recognition of Outstanding School Support Employee of the Year.

“Our support employees serve vital roles that help maximize the learning potential of our students and the classroom performance of our teachers,” said JPPSS Superintendent Isaac G. Joseph. “Congratulations to each of these professionals. They represent the many talented support employees throughout Jefferson Parish.”

Perrin

Leo Kerner Elementary accounts clerk “Dale” Perrin is the JPPSS elementary Outstanding School Support Employee of the Year. She is pictured with her principal Suzanne C. Bordlee and JPPSS Director of Support Performance and Professional Accountability George Hebert, Jr.

Virginia “Dale” Perrin is an accounts clerk at Leo Kerner Elementary. She has worked in JPPSS for 32 years. Known to many students as “Aunt Dale,” Perrin looks after the children and wears many hats at the school. Her positive attitude and willingness to help have made her an invaluable asset.

“She is a front office faculty member and many times the first contact that visitors have with the school in person or on the phone,” Kerner Elementary Principal Suzanne Bordlee wrote in Perrin’s nomination letter. “She is always courteous, friendly, and willing to assist with answers, messages, caretaking of students, lending an ear to faculty, solving a problem, or organizing an event.”

Addison 2

Riverdale Middle Plant Manager David Addison is the JPPSS middle school Outstanding School Support Employee of the Year. He is pictured with, from left, JPPSS Director of Support Performance and Professional Accountability George Hebrt, Jr. and Riverdale Middle Principal Randy Bennett.

David Addison is the plant manager at Riverdale Middle. Serving in this role since 2008, Addison takes ownership of the school grounds. He arranges local businesses to donate flowers, then plants them when no one is around so faculty and students are surprised. He keeps the building and the grounds immaculate, and even makes time for creating a positive culture for the students.

“Every Friday during lunch we have a PBIS activity called ‘Hot-Diggity-Dog-Day,’” Riverdale Middle Principal Randy Bennett wrote in Addison’s nomination letter. “There you will find Mr. Dave, sweat running down his brow with a smile on his face, hustling over a gas barbecue grill, grilling a couple hundred hot dogs for the children. No one ever asked him to do it.”

Trahan

Grand Isle School assistant paraprofessional Cindy Trahan is the JPPSS high school Outstanding School Support Employee of the Year. She is pictured with JPPSS Director of Support Performance and Professional Accountability George Hebert, Jr. and Grand Isle School Principal Marion Cooper.

Cindy Trahan is an assistant paraprofessional at Grand Isle School. She’s worked there since 2004, playing a vital role in the implementation of a positive school environment. Beyond her normal responsibilities, Trahan earned certification as an activity bus driver. She also attainted additional medical certifications in order to work with SPED students and student-athletes.

“Mrs. Cindy’s employment skills show true dedication, and she plans to continue for many years to come,” Grand Isle Principal Marion Cooper wrote in Trahan’s nomination letter. “She has earned the respect of all our many students, parents, staff, and community.”

The Outstanding School Support Employee Awards Program is run by the Louisiana Department of Education and provides an opportunity to honor an outstanding employee at the elementary, middle/junior high, and high school levels who supports and provides leadership in the operation of non-instructional activities within the school year.