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Education Foundation of Bloomington
Education Foundation of Bloomington, Prodigy Award Committee for Year 2022-2023
Education Foundation of Bloomington’s Prodigy Award program has been recognizing exemplary groups in administration, support staff and teachers in Bloomington Public Schools since the early 1990’s. These exemplary groups of people have enhanced lives of students and their families. In these trying times the Education Foundation of Bloomington (EFB) Board of Directors extends our deepest gratitude to all employees in all Bloomington schools for their heroic efforts to put education and safety as the highest priority. In our hearts and minds, all of you deserve Prodigy Awards.
We are pleased to accept nominations for Prodigy Awards for the 2022-2023 school year, recognizing the employees of Bloomington Public Schools and all they do.
Thank you for all that you do,
Education Foundation of Bloomington Prodigy Award Committee
2022 Prodigy Award Recipients
Office of Educational Equity team
This team is recognized for the courageous consistency with which they carry out their core responsibilities each day. Frequently working against educational, social, health, economic, and community barriers. The office of Educational Equity staff touches the lives of students each day with care and understanding when interacting with other cultures. They respect and embrace differences while providing a safe space for students to be themselves, providing them the space to trust that someone understands them. OEE staff are passionate, flexible, creative problem solvers, who work resiliently each day on behalf of students without hesitation.
Food Services team
This diverse team has displayed remarkable dedication during the pandemic and beyond. They were positive, flexible and adapted to changes despite staff shortages, supply shortages, food shortages, and delivery delays. They ensured meals were distributed curbside during snow, rain, sleet, heat, and humidity, and staff happily persevered in all weather conditions during the early months of the pandemic.
Health Services Nurses
Building nurses have shown leadership and dedication by working outside of contracted hours to extend guidance to students, families, and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. They stayed up to date with the ever-changing guidance from the CDC, MDH, BPH, and BPS, and served as a resource for district leadership in the buildings. In addition to keeping the school health offices running smoothly, the department handled the increases of covid cases after winter break (2469 cases) with grace. Their continued display of commitment to the health and safety of students and staff shines through their positive attitudes and willingness to go above and beyond when needed.
Valley View Middle School Special Education team
This team works tirelessly to address the ever changing and growing complexity in the needs of students and create a healthy environment for students to learn and grow. Many families have multiple systemic barriers to success in school and this team often supports much more than academic needs.
These Case Managers, DAPE teachers, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Professionals are not just teachers, they are an extension of love, comfort, and stability for students and families.
Hillcrest Artful Learning staff
For acknowledging the impacts of COVID in our school and community.
Teachers Beth McCoy and Seyler Shearer led Hillcrest staff and students in a school-wide Artful Learning unit based on the concept of Adaptation, reflecting on the impacts of COVID personally, emotionally and physically. Kids were honest and brave and spoke truth about their fears, their worries as well as the fun they had with their families. In "virtual" partnership with Artistry, students and staff created an art installation of personal weavings.
Elementary Tech Integration team
This team worked together to support staff, students and families during distance learning and were influential in the success of this learning model, using their skills, knowledge and problem solving abilities to keep learning and teaching strong in an online setting. Most Tech Integrationists work across two sites and balance the needs of supporting two schools. They have led and supported the integration of computer science education into elementary classrooms. They can be found in our elementary classrooms leading lessons, introducing new tools and skills and co-teaching with teachers.