Monroe County School District officials are proud to announce Ms. Effie Jackson, Café Manager for Horace O’Bryant School as the 2017-2018 School Related Employee of the Year.
Ms. Jackson’s colleagues said she exhibits the qualities of a leader, hard worker and team player, said her Café staff. She has been an employee for the last year and a half and has made tremendous contributions to the food service experience at HOB.
Monroe County School students and staff have been resilient in the wake of what continues to be an ongoing recovery process due to Hurricane Irma within the district. As a result, the Food Service team managed to receive federal clearance to serve free meals to students through January 31st throughout the district. This meant that Ms. Jackson and her team fed more than 1000 students and staff breakfast and lunch a day.
Ms. Jackson said she takes pride in being able to provide nutritious meals to the students. “Giving the students good meals gives them the energy they need throughout the day. Everyone eats with their eyes. I want my service line to look enticing and appealing to the students.”
Melissa Albright, MCSD Food Service Director, said Ms. Jackson and her team have worked tirelessly in an effort to provide the highest quality and best presentation possible for all of the meals served. Mrs. Albright added, her skills and her team guidance led to the increase in breakfast and lunch participation by staff and students. “She is consistent in her supervising technique and provides many hours of coaching and on-the-job training to her staff. Even when things get hectic, Effie’s calm demeanor keeps everyone in check. Although Effie is the manager, she is truly a part of her team and performs any and all tasks when needed.”
Superintendent Mark Porter said Ms. Jackson’s hard work resonated throughout the district and she has truly impacted the school meal experience at HOB. “It is evident that Ms. Jackson is passionate and dedicated to providing optimal service, and an enjoyable dining experience. The extra time she takes with her team and with students and staff shows in her work. Congratulations, Effie.”
Ms. Jackson worked in the private food service industry for 13 years before joining the MCSD Food Service team. Her application will now be reviewed by Florida Department of Education officials. Officials will consider school related employee nominations from the 67 school districts throughout the state. For more information about the district’s Food Service program, go to www.keysschools.com/ foodservice.