This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month is Denise Privott from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown, Connecticut. Nominator Normand Laflamme writes (lightly edited):

“Denise is the most joyful person in our school. As she patrols the halls – cleaning, fixing, and doing much more than we realize – she takes time to make eye contact with each person, warmly greet them, and ask how they’re doing. She verbally offers sincere well-wishes and blessings to each person after every encounter in the most gentle and pleasant tone of voice. She always leaves me feeling loved, appreciated, important, and built-up. In a position that sometimes is not given the recognition it deserves, Denise has a presence that is surely recognized throughout the school. And during this time of extra careful cleaning and sanitization, she has been especially busy but no less joyful. I look forward to seeing Denise in WWMS every day.

How long have you been involved with Renaissance?

3 months.

What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?

I like to provide a positive atmosphere for all staff and students to let them know they are loved and that they are somebody. When I speak with a person, I try to leave them with the assurance that everything is going to work out on their behalf.

How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?

It’s like a renewing of the school climate and culture. Especially through the ideals of respect, reward, reinforcement, as well as recognition of student achievements no matter how small or large.

How has Renaissance affected you personally?

I have always had the heart to help and respect those around me and I like to bring out a person’s potential from within to show them that they can set positive goals for themselves.

What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?

I would say to them to just be your positive self. Have a giving heart to help others, for doing that would renew the school climate as well as the climate of anywhere you go!

Ms. Privott will receive a shirt and a lapel pin to recognize her achievement.

To nominate someone in your school for the National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month honor, click here


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