Cobb Honors 2016 Classified Employees of the Year

Caring and going above and beyond help describe what made the 2016 Classified Employees of the Year stand out. Cobb Schools announced the District’s four Classified Employees of the Year during a recognition luncheon at Roswell Street Baptist Church August 30.

The 2016 Classified Employees of the Year:

  • Amanda Stone, special education paraprofessional at Chalker Elementary School
  • Apolinar Padilla, head custodian at Lindley Sixth Grade Academy
  • Dragan Cikic, head custodian at Pope High School
  • Becky Kelley, secretary in the Special Education Department 

“Amanda is a wonderful employee, and she surely goes above and beyond,” said Chalker Elementary Principal Sharon Arduino. “She is so incredibly giving to our students. The thing that I’m most incredibly thankful for from Amanda is she is one of those employees who is so willing to take on additional duties. She is amazing.”

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The middle school Classified Employee of the Year, Apolinar Padilla, shared the same character trait with Amanda Stone of surpassing expectations.

“(Apolinar) takes pride in what he does. So it is very important to him that our school is exceptionally clean,” said Dr. Denise Magee, principal of Lindley Sixth Grade Academy. “Anyone he sees that has a need, he will go above and beyond to help that person. What we love about him—It is not for recognition—he just wants to help and make sure everyone is happy. Apolinar personifies the true meaning of ‘One Team. One Goal Student Success.’”

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The going above and beyond theme continued with the high school Classified Employee of the Year, Dragan Cikic.

“(Dragan Cikic) does an amazing job keeping Pope looking sparkling,” said Dr. Robert Downs, principal of Pope High School. “Dragan has gone well above the normal head custodian duties. He has taken on the role of building engineer when my building engineer was out for an extended period of time. He did an amazing job keeping this place running smoothly.”

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Like the other Classified Employees of the Year, Becky Kelley stands out because of how she helps others.

“She is the glue that holds us all together. She is positive and professional in everything that she does,” said Susan Christensen, director of special education. “Becky cares about everyone, and it is very evident when she is on the phone with parents, administrators and colleagues.”

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The four District winners each received a commemorative crystal bowl and cash award from the Cobb Schools Foundation. Prior to Deputy Superintendent John Adams announcing the name of the District winners, school and department level honorees received plaques and were congratulated onstage by Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Cobb Board of Education Members Susan Thayer, David Banks, Scott Sweeney, Brad Wheeler and Randy Scamihorn.

Comedian and motivational speaker Kenn Kington served as master of ceremonies at the luncheon. Walton High School student Caroline Hakes sang the “National Anthem” and a fellow Walton High student Jamie Linton performed her rendition of a song from The Color Purple.

The Cobb Schools Foundation, Georgia Credit Union and Lifetouch helped sponsor the recognition luncheon.

The 2016 Classified Employees of the Year Nominees:

Tammy Nall Acworth Elementary School
Lisa Lewis Argyle Elementary School
Sidney Eubanks Austell Elementary School
Andrea Whitfield Awtrey Middle School
Grace Williams Baker Elementary School
Stephanie Kastner Barber Middle School
Shannon Pierce Bells Ferry Elementary School
Mary Elaine Echols Belmont Hills Elementary School
Kimberly Cantrell Big Shanty Elementary School
Mabel Morales Birney Elementary School
Michelle Blancato Blackwell Elementary School
Cam Kirk Brumby Elementary School
Mark Mailloux Bryant Elementary School
Dawn Stoudt Bullard Elementary School
Richard Albury Campbell High School
Brenda Sellers Campbell Middle Middle School
Amanda Stone Chalker Elementary School
Pierre Celin Cheatham Hill Elementary School
Dwight McKissack Clarkdale Elementary School
Jacqueline Cheese Clay Elementary School
Cynthia Hembree Compton Elementary School
Teri Neal Cooper Middle School
Debra Mauldin Daniell Middle School
Maureen Collins Davis Elementary School
Gail Thomas Dickerson Middle School
Mary Ortland Dodgen Middle School
Ashley Matthews Dowell Elementary School
Sarina Long Due West Elementary School
Tracey Webb Durham Middle School
Bobby Atterbury East Cobb Middle School
Patricia Mabry East Side Elementary School
Dawn Mahoney Eastvalley Elementary School
Stephanie Offentier Fair Oaks Elementary School
Ira Knowles Floyd Middle School
Kelly Mattingly Ford Elementary School
Laura Ramirez-Chamberlin Frey Elementary School
Paula Griffin Garrett Middle School
Beth Jann Garrison Mill Elementary School
Beverly Lovett Green Acres Elementary School
Maria Galvez-Munoz Griffin Middle School
Shelly Pilot Harmony Leland Elementary School
Tracey Constable Harrison High School
Paul Norris HAVEN at Skyview
Carla Dawson Hayes Elementary School
Beth Russell Hightower Trail Middle School
Kimberly Sides Hillgrove High School
Suzanne Craig Hollydale Elementary School
Allen Parrott International Academy of Smyrna
Jane Morgan Keheley Elementary School
Lisa Conley Kell High School
Melinda Rucker Kemp Elementary School
Marcia Marchman Kennesaw Elementary School
Freddie Colson Kennesaw Mountain High School
Lynda Gordon Kincaid Elementary School
Darlene Phillips King Springs Elementary School
Geraldine Askew LaBelle Elementary School
Angela Carder Lassiter High School
Laura Cabral Lewis Elementary School
Apolinar Padilla Lindley 6th Grade Academy
Stoney Lane Lindley Middle School
Sherri Groves Lost Mountain Middle School
Marco Leggi Lovinggood Middle School
Dwight Moreland Mableton Elementary School
Chandra Borden Mabry Middle School
Jeanette Ingram McCall Primary School
Clarence Hayes McCleskey Middle School
Donna Denis McClure Middle School
Holley Ashworth McEachern High School
Theresa Morales Milford Elementary School
Amy Inglee Mountain View Elementary School
Allison Redhead Murdock Elementary School
Julie Hughie Nicholson Elementary School
Teresa Williams Nickajack Elementary School
Fikera Gerald North Cobb High School
Tiffany Childers Norton Park Elementary School
Quintina Powers Osborne High School
Amanda Woodham Palmer Middle School
Raul Moliner Pebblebrook High School
Carolyn Fontaine Pickett’s Mill Elementary School
Jayna Robinson Pine Mountain Middle School
Katherine Parks Pitner Elementary School
Dragan Cikic Pope High School
Sue McWhorter Powder Springs Elementary School
Consuelo Sanchez Riverside Intermediate School
Betsy De Los Santos Riverside Primary School
Jo Anne Browne Rocky Mount Elementary School
Kimberly Donina Russell Elementary School
Shirley Luke Sanders Elementary School
Sophea Jones Sedalia Park Elementary School
Christina Nichols Shallowford Falls Elementary School
Lea Gormanos Simpson Middle School
Ronda Hiemstra Smitha Middle School
Cindy Magana Smyrna Elementary School
Corine Mattox Sope Creek Elementary School
Belinda Brown South Cobb High School
Marilyn Fitzgerald Sprayberry High School
Donna Bramlett Still Elementary School
Melody Ivy Tapp Middle School
Makeda Smith Teasley Elementary School
Janine Espriella Timber Ridge Elementary School
Kimberly Glover Tritt Elementary School
Susan Belvo Varner Elementary School
Vicki Harris-Baker Walton High School
Mary Brettner Wheeler High School
Leslie McMahon Accountability, Research and Grants Division
Beverly McDowell Chief of Staff Division
Rebecca Kelley Academics Division
Laura Hough Financial Services Division
Dale Richardson Fleet Maintenance Department
Anthony Conner Food and Nutrition Services Department
Terry Vann Human Resources Division
John Brannen Maintenance Department
James Chapman Operational Support Division
Mckawonjalia Bates Technology Services Division
Daniel Blount Transportation Department