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October Employees of the Month
Deborah Bertrand
Deborah Bertrand, Vidor Elementary
Vidor ISD named Deborah Bertrand, Vidor Elementary principal Jeff Leger's secretary, as district Employee of the Month for October.  Of his secretary, Principal Leger says, "Mrs. Bertrand keeps the wheels turning at Vidor Elementary.  When anyone wants to know anything we all say 'ask Deborah.'  She is a lifetime member of the Vidor community and her Vidor Pirate spirit shines brightly.  She works tirelessly to make our students and staff feel welcome, and puts in extra hours without complaining.  She has been known to show up early or stay late to help our teachers, students, or PTO.  If the door is locked for an after school event, she shows up to unlock it.  If Deborah doesn't have the answers, she knows where to get them. Keeping the principal straight is a tough job, but that's exactly what she does.  Common statements to me may include, "We don't normally do it that way, Mr. Leger," or "That may upset some parents, Mr. Leger," and of course, "You're doing a great job, Mr. Leger!"  That's my favorite one! She is the leader and role model for our office staff and ensures the environment is professional but friendly. I would have a rough job without Mrs. Bertrand.  Bertrand also works with Girl Scouts, her church, and PTO. She sends every employee a birthday card every year.  Mrs. Bertrand has fifteen years of service.

Robert Barton
Robert Barton, Vidor Middle School
Vidor Middle School's October Employee of the Month is Mr. Robert Barton. He was nominated by several different staff members.  He is in his first year with Vidor ISD, and serves as an art teacher at VMS.  In his first year, he has already proven to be an asset to the students and faculty. Teacher Mandi Downs says this: "Mr. Barton has been fantastic with helping our Life Skills students to be as much as part as everyone else.  He modifies everything so the students are successful.  I have also seen him interact with our general education students, and he is always encouraging yet firm."  Mrs. Marilee Johnson, who works alongside Mr. Barton as an art teacher, says, "I can testify that he really cares about the students. With his lessons, he stretches their imaginations and pulls creativity out of those that weren't even aware they had it in them. He shows them that art can be a therapy for healing and a vent for emotions."  VMS is happy to have Mr. Barton as part of their school family.

Rebecca DeBrier Rebecca DeBrier, Pine Forest Elementary
Rebecca DeBrier is Pine Forest's Employee of the Month.  She was nominated by Kim Gardenhire, who is a paraprofessional in the computer lab.  "I have the privilege of assisting in her music classes and I've seen what a remarkable job she does with all of her students. Her expectations and directions are clear.  She is consistent, interactive, and fun.  She keeps her students constantly engaged, ensuring their musical education. She is always positive when redirecting the class and never makes a child feel singled out.  She never turns down a raised hand, but allows every student to be heard, letting them know they are each important in this world.  I want to tell her, "Thank you Mrs. DeBrier, for loving our kids and for always having a song in your heart!'"  DeBrier is new to the Pine Forest Elementary campus this year.

Shannon Devillier Shannon Devillier, Oak Forest Elementary
Oak Forest's Employee of the Month is Shannon Devillier.  She was nominated by principal Carolyn Wedgeworth, who says, "Ms. Devillier is seen as a teacher that continually strives to gain more knowledge and insight into areas that allow her to make a positive impact on the children she serves. Ms. Devillier offers to create take home fliers, serve on committees, or volunteer to assist around the school. She is always willing to help new teachers giving them guidance and helpful suggestions for their classrooms.  Ms. Devillier is participating in a principal preparation grant as she works toward a degree in administration. This summer while taking college classes, she also found time to serve on a curriculum mapping committee and write an article for parents with ideas for helping children during the summer. This was published in the VIP Magazine of Southeast Texas.  She has a positive 'I can' spirit that is contagious. Her attitude helps children believe they can do anything if they believe in themselves."

Courtney Rhodus

Courtney Rhodus, Vidor Jr. High
Principal Aaron Herrington nominated Courtney Rhodus as Vidor Junior High's Employee of the Month.  "Courtney Rhodus is one of those people who instantly makes your day brighter.  She embodies so many qualities that make an excellent teacher, including incredible passion and excitement for her subject.  She uses many creative tools to help her students get excited about learning as well.  She genuinely cares about her students and goes out of her way to show positive support, high-fiving in the hall, going to sporting events, volunteering to help coach, helping students decorate the locker room after a game, and putting a comforting arm around a struggling student.  This month has been especially difficult for her because she lost her grandmother. Yet in her sorrow, she spent the day before she was to fly home for the funeral with her students, making good luck signs and putting up balloons to encourage the volleyball team and coaches.  She is always putting other's needs before hers, and has a wonderful spirit."  Ms. Rhodus is a youth group coordinator at church and sponsors Student Council on the VJHS campus.  Herrington adds, "A few months ago I lost my dear brother-in-law and was hurting for my sister and seven nieces and nephews left without a husband and father.  She saw my pain and checked on me every day, then after the funeral hand-delivered an envelope with cards from every student in every one of her classes, expressing their love and concern.  She goes above and beyond for her work family time and time again."




Employee of the Month Nominations
Please consider who you might nominate from your campus or department to be employee of the month. You may print the form from the link below. Send it to your campus principal or department director. A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR SUBMISSION FOR YOUR NOMINEE TO BE CONSIDERED. Photos may also be emailed to

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