Each month, Frisco ISD recognizes two employees with the Standing Ovation Award. The District-wide award identifies non-teaching staff members who serve the mission of knowing every student by name and need while going above and beyond the call of duty.
Standing Ovation Award candidates are nominated by their peers and exhibit a positive attitude while serving as a role model for others. The nominated staff take the initiative and carry out responsibilities beyond their job requirements.
Congratulations to the September winners of the Standing Ovation Award who exemplify servant-leadership and are shining examples of non-teaching staff in Frisco ISD.
Mark Bowlby, Spears Elementary School
Mark Bowlby is a flex aide at Spears Elementary School who works with students in the health and physical education classroom. Bowlby structures his classes so his students are mentally and physically challenged through age-appropriate activities. His instruction includes fitness games and circuit training that accommodates all fitness levels while still encouraging students to challenge themselves. He also motivates faculty and staff to commit to healthy lifestyles by offering afternoon workouts. He is a true leader to both students and staff by regularly providing videos and quotes to inspire healthy living. He challenges his students and colleagues to better themselves both mentally and physically.
Bret Dudley, Roach Middle School
Bret Dudley is a paraprofessional at Roach Middle School who supports inclusion students in the general education classroom. He always steps in to help when he sees an area of need, in and out of the classroom. This can mean welcoming students at the front of the school in the morning to set the tone for the day or even rolling up his sleeves to direct traffic with a smile. He is solutions-oriented and works to ensure things run smoothly while also finding time to make connections with students and staff. Roach Middle School is thankful for his leadership and consistent ability to get the job done.
The recipients were recognized at the October School Board meeting with a commemorative trophy and a certificate of recognition.