Micheka Thomas of Carver Middle School (top photo) was named Lake County Schools’ School-Related Employee of the Year and Holly Sigler of Gray Middle School was named the district’s Volunteer of the Year. Both were announced at the annual Night of Stars event hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County on Wednesday, April 19.
Additionally, Insight Credit Union was named Business Partner of the Year for its continued, reliable and enthusiastic support of many events and initiatives across the district.
Ms. Thomas is a Data Entry Operator at Carver Middle School, where she is responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date information related to schedules, attendance and grades; completing various reporting tasks for the state Department of Education; and answering phones and greeting guests in the main office of the school. She enrolls new students, handles report cards, helps track data and assists staff and families with Skyward.
“Where Ms. Thomas shines brightest, however, is in the way she gives of her own efforts and time to go beyond her assigned duties,” a letter from the nominating committee reads. She is involved in Carver’s PTO and serves as Secretary for the SAC. She designs and writes Carver’s monthly newsletter, takes pictures at after-school activities and oversees ticket sales at athletic events. “If the doors are open,” the letter continues, “if a student or a family needs her, she is here.”
Ms. Sigler has given 500 hours of volunteer service just over the last year and a half. She is a homemaker with a dedication to her children’s education. She does not just monitor her children’s progress and help them with school work, she gets into the school to make a difference. She has a son in 7th grade and has been volunteering since his older brother was in kindergarten 20 years ago. She says volunteering gives her a greater meaning in life and she enjoys being a part of student growth.
She is a member of the PTO and the SAC at Gray Middle. She spends countless hours running concessions at the school store, organizing fundraisers, chaperoning field trips and FFA state conventions, mentoring FFA students and helping to take care of the farm animals that are raised by students at Gray. She also helps make teacher appreciation luncheons, awards ceremonies for students, and dances special for all involved.
“I find it very difficult to find volunteers with her ambition and talent,” Gray Middle Assistant Principal Greg Smallridge wrote in her nomination letter. “She truly has a warm heart and an optimistic outlook on life and constantly searches for ways to assist the school in reaching its full potential.”