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November Employees of the Month
Melissa Story
Melissa Story, Vidor High School
Vidor ISD district employee of the month is Vidor High School's head volleyball coach, Melissa Story. She and her team made school history recently when the Lady Pirates went to the playoffs for the first time.  Recognized by Good Cents Credit Union a few weeks ago for her outstanding efforts both on the court and in the classroom, Story was presented with $300 and a bouquet of flowers.  That nomination came from her husband, who sees the hard work and time she puts in.  Coach Shad Smith nominated Mrs. Story for VISD Employee of the month, saying, “Coach Story organized our beginning of the year Girls’ Athletic program with 140 students. She is a tremendous classroom teacher, and she has the volleyball team off to its best season in years, competing for a playoff spot.” Of course, they earned that spot and competed in round one of playoffs. Ms. Story also teaches business classes at Vidor High School.

Daniel Dimas
Daniel Dimas, Vidor Jr. High
Vidor Junior High had two nominations for employee of the month. One was Daniel Dimas.  He was nominated by Courtney Rhodus.  Dimas is an eighth grader ELA teacher, seventh grade B team football head coach, and a high school junior varsity soccer coach. Rhodus says, “He truly embodies what it means to be a Vidor Pirate. Every day and every class period he greets his students at the door with a personalized hand shake, high five, or hug.  He knows his students and their likes and dislikes. “She says he signed each letter home before school started in the Fall, addressing his students as ‘scholars’ in the letter.  He is on campus by 6:15 every morning to help with football and to be sure other coaches and teachers are prepared and ready for a successful day.  He creates classroom lessons that promote next-level thinking, and can be seen eating lunch with a student who might need a little extra love.  He makes classroom visits to be certain his student athletes are on task.   His kindness, graciousness, and determination to be a great role model for our students should be recognized.”  He is heavily involved with Turning Point Church, where he works light and sounds and helps with youth. 

Laury Ford Laury Ford, Vidor Jr. High
Also recognized from Vidor Junior High is Laury Ford, who was nominated by Wendy Ardis. Ford is a paraprofessional with seven years of service.  “Laury is my right hand, arm, leg, foot, brain, etc!” says Ardis. “Without her, my lab would not run effectively or efficiently.  She is very knowledgeable of the subject area, as well as each of the students and their individual needs.  Laury is able to fill in for any ELAR teacher and the students will not miss a beat with any lesson being taught. Without Laury, so many things would not, and frankly could not, get done. She is the ELAR department’s life-saver.”  Ardis continues, “In September, I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nerve pain disorder affecting my face, jaw, and teeth. I’ve had to miss several days of school.  Laury has been able to keep up with her own workload and mine as well, and all students were able to receive their accommodations as needed.  The content mastery lab can be a little overwhelming at times, especially on testing days, but Laury was able to keep it running smoothly on her own.”  Ford also volunteers in the nursery at her church every Sunday and watches her grandson almost every afternoon while her daughter works. 

Amy Nash Amy Nash, Vidor Middle School
Amy Jo Nash is Vidor Middle School’s November Employee of the Month. She was nominated by Heather Andrus. Nash is an ELA teacher with two years of experience.  “I’m not really sure, “says Andrus, “if anyone sees Amy’s extra time and effort.  She goes above and beyond what is asked or expected.  Her students feel very loved and encouraged. I believe she is the type of person who could make lasting positive differences in a child’s life. Teaching is one thing, but having the ability to make a student believe he or she is amazing and can go farther than they realize is a gift.”  Ms. Nash is seen as a gift to her school.  Andrus adds, “I have a student for math that she has for reading. I know how challenging he can be.  He came in bragging on Ms. Nash and how much he enjoys her class.  She moved him around a bit and asked him to lead a group.  This responsibility totally changed this young man. Now I am following her example with this student.”

Candice Williams

Candy Williams, Pine Forest Elementary
Pine Forest Elementary’s Employee of the Month is Candice Williams. She was nominated by PE teacher Krista Powell.  Candice is a PE aide.  “Candy can outwork anyone, including the men!” says Powell. “If there is something that needs to be done, she will get right on it.  During Homecoming week she found the speakers and all the equipment needed for the school-wide pep rally, helping the new music teacher, who didn’t know where it was.  She also took the time to put it up and take it down, even though she didn’t have to do this.”  On carnival day Williams was ill and barely had a voice, but she set up and worked the cotton candy machine, even staying up at the school until 7:30 the night before to make sure everything would be ready and would go well for the carnival the next day.




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

Employee of the Month Form

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