Shanda Hughes 6-20-2022

Shanda Hughes, a CIA at Grapevine Elementary School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Board Shanda Hughes of Education meeting on Monday, June 20. Her role encompasses so much more than her job as SOS CIA! She is the first friendly face students see each morning in the car rider line. She is the person pulling students out for work on sight words and fluency. She is also the first one that will tell students to straighten up and share a lesson on how to make better choices while also being the first to offer a hug. She takes care of staff by decorating offices for appreciation days, lending a hand when needed, and organized a T-shirt fundraiser for a co-worker battling cancer. She is loved by staff and students and embodies the theme, One Team, One Mission One Community!

When asked her why, Mrs. Hughes said, “My why #1 is the students – they need someone extra in their life that will dance with them when they reach goals, talk to them outside of their class and, yes, show some tough love if they are going in the wrong direction. Why #2 is coworkers/framily. They also need someone extra in their lives that will run those last-minute copies, give them a mental moment, let them have a potty break or supply them with needed emergency chocolate. All and all, my why is I do what I do because I love what I do!