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VCS Announces Superintendent’s Outstanding Achievement Award Winners


The School District of Volusia County and FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools named Debra Keese, registrar at Cypress Creek Elementary School, and Sherry Shepherd, school bus operator in the DeLand area, as the 2018 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award winners (see photos below).

Mrs. Keese is described in a letter of recommendation from Assistant Principal Rebecca Pitchford as making the school a better place "through her creativity, intellect, thoroughness, efficiency, personality and willingness to do whatever it takes."  With 20 years of experience with Volusia County Schools, Mrs. Keese is an expert in her job role and is readily available to lend a hand wherever there is a need.

Ms. Shepherd has been employed by the school district for 23 years and understands the impact bus operators have on students as the first person they see on their way to school every day.  She also knows consistency plays a role in student success, so she strives to maintain a daily presence.  In the past 11 years, she has had perfect attendance with only 6.5 days missed during her entire career.   "She is adaptable, collaborative, dependable and mission-minded.  In my years of working in the Volusia County School district, I have met very few professionals in the realm of Sherry Shepherd," stated Mitch Moyer, director of student transportation services, in a letter of recommendation.

The Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award is co-sponsored annually by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools and Volusia County Schools.  It was initiated to honor support staff members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, teamwork, cooperation and innovation in their jobs.

All 24 nominees will be honored at a breakfast on Aug. 30 hosted by FUTURES.  Nominees for the Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award include:

Nominee NameSchool/Department Name
Lori CanfieldDeltona Lakes Elementary School
Patti Comitale-DahmsSeabreeze High School
Laura DaultonPurchasing Department
Theodora DragerSugar Mill Elementary School
Majorie FaganVolusia Online Learning
Heather FoleyCitrus Grove Elementary
Beth FriedlTurie T. Small Elementary
Wendy GilleyDeltona High School
Debra Keese (winner)Cypress Creek Elementary
Karen LaFondSweetwater Elementary
Teresa LeeIndian River Elementary School
Diane LuQuiseHinson Middle School
Jamie LuxtonUniversity High School
Susan MacDermantEdgewater Public School
Loraine McKinneySpruce Creek Elementary School
Liz PerezSouthwestern Middle School
Shawn PooleEnterprise Elementary
Cynthia RosaChisholm Elementary School
Sharon RupertoSunrise Elementary
Sherry Shepherd (winner)Student Transportation Services
Barbara SpargurSpirit Elementary School
Claudia SuppleeCoronado Beach Elementary
Susan WilsonBlue Lake Elementary School
Sigrid "Sigi" WireGeorge Marks Elementary


Debra Keese, Cypress Creek Elementary School, Registrar

Sherry Shepherd, Student Transportation, Bus Operator

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