This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month is Jenny Lipscomb from Greenbrier High School in Greenbrier, TN. Nominator Samantha Grimes (a Renaissance Hall of Fame educator herself) describes how she brings a variety of skills and huge amounts of heart to their Renaissance group (lightly edited):
“Generous, giving, wonderful, thoughtful, and a true example of what an educator should be are just a few words that come to mind when thinking of Jenny Lipscomb. Jenny is willing to do anything she can to assist students and co-workers. She is a team player as well as a shining example of the student body. She not only is an active sponsor for FCCLA, but is a vital part of the school’s Renaissance program. She owns a graphic design company and does all the artwork that is needed for the school’s Jostens Renaissance program. Whether it is designing the rally logo or making the People’s Choice Night invitations, one can always make sure that Jenny will do an outstanding job. And, she never charges us for her work.
Jenny has been an educator for over ten years. She has touched so many lives with her caring, teaching, and giving heart. Her student love, admire, respect, and learn from her daily. Greenbrier High School is very fortunate to have Jenny Lipscomb as part of the Greenbrier High School Bobcat family.”
How long have you been involved with Renaissance?
What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?
When I received my first Honorary Diplomas from an amazing group of students. It was one of those moments that left me speechless. Also, I love a good Rally! Cheering for everyone and seeing all the kids excited always creates a strong sense of pride.
How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?
It has been the most positive thing in our school. Our students and staff all celebrate each other’s accomplishments and it brings joy to everyone. Breakfast party patrol encourages students to be on time. The Rally encourages good grades and behavior. Honorary Diploma’s help teachers from K-12 know the impact they have. I could go on and on about how our culture gets more positive each year as Renaissance infiltrates our school.
How has Renaissance affected you personally?
It has made me a better leader. Loving on others, cheering loudly for them to succeed, and seeing the outcomes thrills me. I really enjoy how Renaissance keeps the staff and students positive and I personally love it!
What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?
Keep at it. You will change the culture of classrooms, schools, and staff. It is worth the time and effort to cheer for everyone on every level. Start small, get good at one new idea, then add each semester or year. Then you’ll look back years later and realize you are part of something great.
Jenny will receive a shirt and a lapel pin, and was entered into a drawing for free registration to this year’s Jostens Renaissance National Conference.
To nominate someone in your school for the National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month honor, click here.