Congratulations to the October “Going the Extra Mile” Award Winner Michelle Ortega, at Plymouth Elementary School.
“Michelle goes above and beyond to treat every student and staff member with kindness, compassion, and the utmost respect in every situation. Aside from seamlessly completing all the day-to-day management tasks, Michelle presents a lot of positivity when she communicates with both parents and students to coordinate the various contextual factors that influence our school families, and treats each situation with love and dignity.
Michelle frequently gives pep talks to teachers who have had a situation occur in their classroom and provides a listening ear of support and inclusion to all staff as they work to resolve the various issues throughout the school day. Michelle is quick to fill in for and support anyone in the building when there is a vacancy or need, juggling the many fabulous hats she must wear every day.
Michelle likewise gives equitable voices to students who are often marginalized and unheard in other areas of life. Students come to the office throughout the day for various reasons, and each one finds receipt as a valuable member of Plymouth Elementary School. No matter how chaotic the day has gone, Michelle always supports vulnerable students who need refuge by listening and creating action plans with staff and other administration. Michelle does so much more than run an office; she uplifts everyone in action and deed, allowing each school community member to thrive.
My mother always said that we should live a life that includes leaving a mark that cannot find erasure and leaves a permanent imprint on humanity. Thanks to her tireless efforts, Michelle is this mark for so many. Her presence at our school has helped our Plymouth Elementary Family flourish and develop into a more unified team.”