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FDCSD names students, employee of the month

Makenna Brown

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employee of the month for March. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations.

Makenna Brown is the Elementary Student of the Month. Rick Halligan nominated Brown. He said Brown always does her best on all of her work and perseveres when things get hard. She isn’t afraid to ask for help, and she keeps a positive attitude at all times. Brown is kind to everyone and she follows the six pillars of good character at all times. She loves to help Halligan and others in the classroom and is a friend to all. He concluded, “Makenna is a very kind, young lady who works hard and always does her best. She enjoys helping others and she leads by example.” She is the daughter of David and Krystal Brown.

Serenity Brown is the Middle School Student of the Month. Quennel McCaleb nominated Brown. He said Brown is on task and working in class. She has been known to stay after school to ask for help to improve her grades. Brown helps other students in the classroom when they are struggling. She is kind to others, has a positive vibe and a great work ethic. Brown is a mentor in the middle school and is doing a great job modeling positive behaviors to everyone around her. She is always willing to step up to the plate when help is needed and she wants to be involved in the community. McCaleb concluded, “Serenity is always asking for advice on how she can better herself and others around her.” She is the daughter of Sherita Green.

James Daniel is the Senior High Student of the Month. Amy Hinders nominated Daniel. She said Daniel has impressed her since last year with his positive attitude in her classes. He will openly admit that Spanish is not an easy class for him, but he comes in every day with a smile and positive energy! He works hard on his grades by retaking quizzes, making corrections, asking for help and just continuing to try. He models kindness in his everyday interactions with staff and students both in the classroom and in the hallway. He greets everyone with a smile.

“James admits when he needs help, and to me that is so brave,” Hinders said. “The fact that he advocates for himself makes me proud. It makes me happy to see him every day in class.” He is the son of Jeff and Jodi Daniel.

Serenity Brown

Tabitha Johnson is the Employee of the Month. Rachel Loots nominated Johnson. Loots stated Johnson is a team player, willing to do whatever it takes to do what is best for all students. She said Johnson is a champion for all students, regardless of if they are exceeding the Iowa Standards or striving to reach them. Johnson models good character and kindness every day and everywhere she goes. When she makes a mistake, she admits it to her students and models how to move past it, an invaluable lesson for students. Johnson points out when students make good choices or show kindness to others.

“Tabitha is the true picture of Together We Rise,” Loots said. “I look up to her and try to model her actions every day. I am better because I get to work with her and so are our most precious gifts, our students.”

James Daniel

Tabitha Johnson

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