Highland Teacher Receives February Cause for Applause Award


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Sherry Ocker, fourth grade teacher at Highland Elementary School, is this month’s recipient of the EVSC Cause for Applause Employee of the Month award. The award is designed to recognize individuals in the EVSC who go above and beyond their regular job responsibilities.

Ocker was nominated by EVSC Grant Manager Ryan Williams for her hard work, ingenuity and bold ideas, plus her dedication to all the students at Highland and those who live in the Westbrook Mobile Home Court. According to Williams, Ocker was instrumental in arranging the donation of an EVSC “mobile classroom” that was no longer in use by the corporation to Westbrook Mobile Home Court so students have a safe place to go after school. At the mobile classroom, students who live in Westbrook can have an after school snack, receive homework help and have the opportunity to participate in educational games and activities.

“Because of nothing but hard work and a bold idea from Sherry, these students have a safe, clean, and fun place to go after school. Sherry doesn’t just deserve applause, she deserves a standing ovation, and I’m excited to see her receive what she deserves,” Williams said.

Ocker has been an employee of the EVSC since 1998.

EVSC Cause for Applause began in November 2012 and Ocker is its fourth recipient. Anyone can nominate an employee of the EVSC for the award. Deadline for nominations is the third Friday of each month. Go to http://www.evscschools.com/community/nominate-evsc-employees-exemplary-work for the nomination form. Paper forms are available at the schools for those without access to the Internet.