Liberty honors three with Excellence in Service Awards

A science teacher, a librarian and a teacher aide were recognized as the latest Excellence in Service Award winners at the Liberty Central School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 7.

Cindy Nolan

A woman poses holding certificates as two men flank her.Nolan, a science teacher at the high school, was recognized for her interactions with students and staff, alike.

“When students are upset or not in a good mood, she gives them a listening ear and at times a big hug and lets them know their day will get better. In the morning, she greets all students with a vibrant ‘hello’ and speaks loudly to let them know if it’s an A or a B day. She smiles and greets all those walking through the hall,” her nomination read. “She is there for her colleagues, as well, when they are going through tough times, she has a listening ear and takes her time, before, during or after school to listen and assist you with whatever you need.”

Her impact on students and former students can be easily seen.

“Students enter her classroom excited and when she is absent, they are disappointed that she is not there,” her nomination read. “Students who have graduated come to visit her to speak with her, informing her of how they are excelling in their next years of life.

“Ms. Nolan is a caring teacher, colleague, friend and just wonderful person overall,” the nomination continued. “I believe she should be recognized because she is always working to serve others, through educating, listening, assisting and caring.”

Jill Parks

A woman poses holding certificates as two men flank her.Parks, the Middle School librarian, works tirelessly for her students and co-workers.

“Jill Parks is innovative and is a dedicated teacher. She consistently exceeds expectations, not only for her students but also for her colleagues,” the nomination read. “Known for her unwavering willingness to lend a hand, Jill goes above and beyond to support others.”

Her actions leading up to the Winter Festival displayed her commitment to excellence.

“Despite battling illness, she demonstrated remarkable perseverance by spearheading multiple mini maker faire activities,” the nomination read. “Her meticulous planning, from gathering necessary items to creating signs, ensured the seamless execution of all planned activities throughout the festival, though she was unable to be present for the event.”

Her collaborative spirit can also be seen throughout the building.

“She is dedicated to the Wellness Committee and continues to strive to get grants to help enhance the learning of students at Liberty Central School,” the nomination read. “She readily makes herself available to assist anyone in need, embodying the true essence of a team player”.

LaTrease Burdick

A woman poses holding certificates as two men flank her.Burdick, a teacher aide at the Elementary School, was recognized for her kindness and dedication.

Her nomination said she should be honored “for always going above and beyond for students, being proactive in her job, building relationships with students throughout the elementary school building (and) always spreading kindness and coming to work each day with a smile on her face.”

Each month, staff members nominate others they believe are going above and beyond, be it a single act of excellence or kindness or a continuous work ethic.

We congratulate these employees on their awards.