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Marilyn Ojeda Honored as District’s Fifth Mission Essential Recognition Program HonoreeMarilyn Ojeda Honored as District’s  Fifth Mission Essential Recognition Program Honoree

Marilyn Ojeda, English as a New Language teacher at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, is the fifth recipient of the Lakeland Central School District’s Mission Essential Recognition Award.

Board President Denise Kness and Superintendent Dr. George Stone presented Ojeda with the award in a surprise ceremony held June 3 at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. Recipients are given a specially developed pin and certificate. All winners will be recognized at the year-end Board of Education meeting in June.

“Marilyn always has a smile on her face, regardless of the intensity of the situation. She is kind and nurturing. She can make young children who are new to the country and very scared feel safe and secure with her kindness,” said the staff member who nominated her. “She makes every person and family feel as though they are important, welcomed, and that they matter,” they added.

“Marilyn never hesitates to help and always does so with a smile and welcomed sense of humor. Marilyn's role at Van Cortlandtville is crucial and she is irreplaceable,” they added. “Marilyn is accountable for the needs of many children, as well as their families. She is able to make sure that those who need information get it in a timely manner and is always available to facilitate further communication,” they added.

“Marilyn displays respect to her colleagues, administration, students, and families. No matter the situation, Marilyn treats everyone with the respect that they deserve.”

The goal of the Mission Essential Recognition Program, which began in January 2019, is to identify and recognize employees who, in their contributions and service to the District, exemplify the district’s Mission, Core Beliefs and Vision. These individuals are “Mission Essential.”

“We recognize and appreciate that the Lakeland Central School District is rich with talented and dedicated employees. Every staff member has an important role, responsibility and stake in the safety, security and success of our students.”

Although this is the final recognition for the 2018-2019 school year, the district will resume recognition in Fall 2019.

Any district staff member, student and community member can nominate District employees for consideration using the on-line form. A committee of district stakeholders will meet monthly to consider all nominations and select that month’s honoree.  Anyone not selected is reconsidered in the next review.