Jefferson Middle School sweeps mentoring awards

January 21, 2015
Jefferson Middle School and its mentors and mentoring programs won three of the top awards presented by the  San Antonio Mentoring Forum, a county wide student mentoring collaborative.  They were recognized during the 3rd Annual Texas Mentoring Summit, a state wide mentoring conference.
 
  • The Outstanding Adult Mentor Award went to Tamu K. (T.K.) Floyd, a mentor at Jefferson Middle School who mentors four students she has mentored for the last two years. Floyd  meets with her students one day a week as a group.  She was praised for her ability to make each child feel special and valued.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio Women’s Soccer Team received the Outstanding Mentoring Program Award. The athletes along with their coach Greg Sheen created the UTSA LEADERS Program (Loyal Enthusiastic Athletes Devoted and Eager to Reach Students) at Jefferson Middle School. The athlete mentors meet with students before the start of the school day, after school, and some help teachers in the classroom.
  •  Bill Hickey, UTSA Athletic Department Director of Life Skills, received the Outstanding Advocate for Mentoring Award. Last year, Hickey formed a partnership with Monica Aguillion, then a May Elementary School counselor. They joined forces to bring UTSA athletes to the school  as role models and to participate in a variety of activities.  Hickey and UTSA athletes took part in Career Day, STARR rallies, mentored students, volunteered at school carnivals, and many other activities. With Aguillon’s move to Jefferson Middle School, Hickey and his athletes followed and now Jefferson Middle School students are benefiting from this partnership. 

Back row: Monica Aguillon (counselor),Tamica Jones accepting for Bill Hickey, Lauren Hodgdon (UTSA Athlete), Katherine Tesno (UTSA Athlete), Caitlyn Collier, Coach Greg Sheen (UTSA Women's Soccer),Front row: Zachary Dunlap, Tamela Ellis, Jared Steinberg,Tamu K. (T.K.) Floyd, and Benjamin Walton.