Recognize, Appreciate and Value our Educational Staff at Lakeshore!
The LEF approved a $250,000 investment over the next five years to fund the Recognize, Appreciate and Value (RAV) employee appreciation program.
This program was initiated after the appointment of Susan Toothman as Director of Human Resources and Communication with the Lakeshore administration. Components of this program were done during her time as Middle School Principal. Knowing the challenges for our education staff in today’s environment, the administration wanted to take what she had learned and build out a program to improve employee morale and motivation.
“Schools where employees feel respected, valued and appreciated are more efficient in teaching and learning,” says Toothman. “When employees feel supported, they are more likely to go the extra mile for their students and colleagues. This creates a positive school culture that benefits everyone.”
The program’s goal is to show appreciation to the staff for their years of service, hard work and dedication. The program was designed to encourage loyalty, set an example, and to create a positive work environment that boosts employee morale.
The main initiatives with RAV program are:
Milestone Celebration Employee Appreciation Program
This program celebrates teachers starting at five years of service up to 30 years. Staff will receive gift cards and color-coded lanyards to represent their years of service to Lakeshore Public Schools.
End of Year Staff Recognition Program
The R. James Johnson Award and Totzke-Nye Support Staff Person of the Year Award are given at the end of each school year. Each recipient will receive a plaque with their name on it and a gift card.
District Pulse “The Best of the Best” Recognition Program
The Best of the Best award is the recognition given to staff members who give their best, day in and day out, for the success of the students and staff at Lakeshore Public Schools. The District Pulse will highlight four Best of the Best award winners in each publication with a gift card and stainless steel tumbler.
Mentorship Program for All New Staff to Lakeshore Public Schools
The Mentorship Program for all new teachers is supported through peer encouragement and information they need to learn, grow and enjoy their first years of teaching at Lakeshore Public Schools.
“Welcome to the Community” Basket for New Teachers
Moving to a new community and school system can be a bit overwhelming. This initiative is focused on helping that change become easier while boosting the local community businesses. New teachers will be presented with a basket filled with items from our local community restaurants, Lakeshore gear, and gift cards to help fund school supplies.