The Jeffs’ Best Award was created by the Fairbury Public Schools Board of Education to highlight and celebrate the great work of our staff.On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate Crystal Coakley, Jefferson Special Education Teacher, as the recipient of the April Jeffs’ Best Award!
These are her nomination statements:
I would like to Nominate Crystal Coakley for always being there for the students and staff. Crystal goes above and beyond what she has to do. It doesn’t matter how bad the students’ mornings/days are, she always finds a way to turn it around and make their day better. She is one that anyone can go and talk to about their day and she will sit and listen to you. We are very lucky to have Crystal in our school. She does so much for all the 3rd and 4th grade teachers. Crystal has a heart of gold for anyone that walks in her classroom.
She is one of the most flexible, encouraging, helpful, positive, and wise teachers I know. She is always more than willing to offer help whenever I need it. She is also willing to fill in for my class when I am gone because she knows how vitally important it is for the LIFE students to have consistency. Every time she has subbed in my classroom, she has always left behind materials to help my classroom be as successful as possible. She is literally such a life saver, and I am so incredibly blessed to be able to learn from her and work with her. I really cannot say thank you enough to her for how much she has helped me this year!
Crystal Coakley has volunteered to cover the Jefferson LIFE program when Ms. Oakes is absent since it is difficult to find a substitute for this position.
Crystal then has a sub in her position instead. That means not only is she stepping in to fill the LIFE position, she is also having to make sub plans for her classroom.
That is a great team member! On her own time, Crystal is working on building relationships with the LIFE students. This allows her to have built in connections with the students and makes for a smoother transition for all.
Crystal Coakley is a positive teammate who is always willing to do whatever the team and her students need. At Jefferson, we have discovered that our students in LIFE struggle with subs. When I brought this up to the team, Crystal immediately volunteered to help. We now have a plan that when the teacher is absent, Crystal will be her sub, This is extra work for Crystal but she is doing it because our kids need her. She has been spending her extra time in the room pairing with students to make transitions easier. She is the model of being a team player and of doing what is best for kids. I appreciate her.
Crystal is always willing to help me with any of my students. She has provided me with so many materials so my students and I can continue to experience success in my classroom. She has constantly supported and cheered me on since day one. I truly, and genuinely appreciate all the work she does, and all the help she has given me.