Fred Award winner Penny Rodriguez has a lot to be proud of these days. Not only has she been recognized as a standout employee, her son, Jaime was recently awarded a prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship. All in all, it’s been a good spring.
Last week, the Board of Education recognized Penny, who works at Westminster High School, as one of two “Fred Award” winners cited for going the extra mile to help students and coworkers in District 50.
The second honoree Harold Gonzalez, who works in Purchasing and Warehouse, could not attend and will be recognized by the Board next week.
Mike Lynch, Director of Secondary Education and Professional Development introduced Penny, which he said was fitting because he worked so closely with her when he was principal of Westminster High School.
“She does it all,” he said. “She is cross trained in virtually every system in the building. She is the go-to person in the office.”
The “Fred Award” was created as way to honor Education Support Professionals across the District. It’s named after a mailman profiled in the book “The Fred Factor” who consistently did more than his job description required. Another nomination letter summed it up as follows:
“Penny Rodriguez is an asset to WHS and D50 and deserves a Fred.”
If you would like to acknowledge someone who provides excellent customer service, go to Fred@adams50.org to write your nomination. Continue to read the Insider for updates on future winners.