Two JHS Staff Members To Receive Awards

JAMESTOWN – Two Jamestown High School staff members will be honored at the Western New York Educational Service Council’s (WNYESC) 13th Annual Awards Banquet on May 1st.

Aaron Jessey will receive the Award of Excellence for Teaching while School Counselor Ashley Noon will receive the Award for Excellence for Support Staff Services.

School officials said the awards will be given out at the annual banquet honoring teachers, support staff, administrators and Board of Education members in Western New York.

Nominations highlight how the nominee demonstrated dedication and exemplary service to the district and the regional educational community, how the individual demonstrated leadership, how did he or she make a difference in the district, and why he or she is an outstanding member of the district.

Jessey, a ninth grade ELA teacher, has taught for 11 years and has worked at Jamestown High School since 2015.

Mr. Jessey’s nomination cites “his cheerful, level-headed, dedicated, creative, rigorous and compassionate personality. He works very hard to tailor his lessons to fit the learning styles and interests of his students and they recognize his deep commitment to them.  He is constantly on the lookout for alternate ways to present critical, non-negotiable ELA skills to his students. His other-centered approach to other human beings is palpable, and his enthusiasm is contagious.”

“Mr. Jessey is an extremely teacher who has made a positive difference in the lives of many people,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “He always has great ideas and puts forth a lot of time and effort into his lesson plans. He wants to be sure that his students are performing to their highest potential in the classroom he does this through great planning and having high expectations for them. His sole purpose is to help other people’s children be as successful as possible.”

Noon, meanwhile, has been with Jamestown Schools for 19 years. Her nomination cites “her lovely, quiet, capable, affable cheerful personality whom parents request, teachers depend on and students adore. Her office is welcoming, her knowledge is broad; she is approachable, and the way that she makes other people feel safe, valued and comfortable is unique. Ashley is a classy, good-natured, self-depreciating, other-centered human being who deserves to be honored for her unstinting, good work that she does for so many other people.”

“Mrs. Noon is an exemplary school counselor on all levels,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “Ashley is a problem solver. She can quickly diagnose a problem or concern and find a positive solution by working collaboratively with students, teachers, parents and administrators. In order to achieve these types of outcomes, Mrs. Noon relies on her ability to maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders in the community.”

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