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Mark Twain staff member finalist for Tulsa Public Schools 2019 Support Employee of the Year

Superintendent Deborah A. Gist surprised five staff members at their schools and worksites to congratulate each for being named a finalist for the Tulsa Public Schools 2019 Support Employee of the Year.

"These team members exemplify excellence, going above and beyond in service of the teachers, children, and families in Tulsa," said Gist. "We have many dedicated staff members working 'behind the scenes' to make awesome happen every day, and these five finalists are some of the very best!"

One finalist is Mark Twain Elementary School paraprofessional, Donna Garner!

Garner is a paraprofessional at Mark Twain Elementary School and has been with the district for 25 years. Since the day she arrived, the staff and students have been amazed at her abilities and commitment. Donna finds ways to incorporate learning into every experience, such as sharing her love for the presidents of the United States with first-graders during breakfast time. Her support for her students continues even after they leave her care: she recently helped a former student enroll in college and apply for financial aid after he graduated high school.

The five finalists were selected by a committee including 2018 Support Employee of the Year Anna Stone. The district's 2019 Support Employee of the Year will be announced in spring 2019.