BAEOP Educational Administrator of the Year – 2007
Q.Estelle Collins came to Bellevue School District in 2002, from the Baltimore County Public Schools. She is currently the Principal of Robinswood Middle and High School and the Director of Alternative Programs, which brings with it the title of Administrator for Kelsey Creek Home School and the responsibility of overseeing all alternative programs in the District.
Since coming to Bellevue, she has made a significant impact at Robinswood and in the District. She has been instrumental in improving the attendance record and graduation rate at Robinswood. She also restructured the middle school program and started Advanced Placement course offerings, which resulted in Robinswood being awarded the Academic Improvement Award from the State of Washington in reading, writing and math.
The fact that Estelle has great rapport with her students and parents and that there has been little or no staff turnover, is a direct result of her leadership skills, sense of humor, personality and fairness. She is highly respected by many and the staff members at Robinswood School. BAEOP will be honored to submit Estelle as our nominee to WAEOP and NAEOP next year.
BAEOP Educational Office Professional of the Year – 2007
Paula Jo Brave is currently the office manager in the Capital Construction Department of Bellevue School District, where she has worked since 2001. She has just completed her third year as BAEOP’s President and as WAEOP Area 7 Director.
She has put her heart into working with other educational office professionals and support staff, which has resulted in significant growth in membership for both BAEOP and Area 7. She has been a gracious leader, who has helped many members feel valued and encouraged them take pride in their accomplishments.
She began this year with an announcement that BAEOP would be hosting a series of workshops designed to help members obtain their PSP Certification. She reached out to several members who had previously expressed an interest in obtaining their PSP, but had felt a bit overwhelmed by the process. She offered words encouragement to help them move forward and begin the process.
Through friendly phone calls and e-mail reminders, she has personally brought many new members to BAEOP this year and has made an effort to coordinate activities that will promote personal and professional growth. Paula Jo has done this, while drawing little attention to her own work behind the scenes.
BAEOP Educational Office Professional of the Year
First Runner Up
BAEOP Awards Committee was very impressed with the application received on behalf of Linda Porter, Office Manager at Spiritridge, from her principal and staff. The committee decided to also present Linda with the First Runner Up Award for Office Professional of the Year.
She was not able to attend the Spring Celebration, so Dr. Abby Adams and her staff surprised Linda with the plaque at one of their weekly staff meeting.
Linda has worked for Bellevue School District since 1996 in various rolls, the last six being as office manager in two elementary schools. She is the “heart“ of Spiritridge, cheerfully keeping all systems operating smoothly, while answering non-stop phone calls, tending to parent volunteers, PTSA requests and soothing students’ cuts and scrapes received during recess. An active listener, known for her helpful advice, Linda is consulted daily by staff and community members. Linda is a leader in the Spiritridge community, spearheading programs at the Phantom Lake Club, Hidden Village (subsidized housing complex) and our school, which have helped children and families thrive. Linda takes great pride in her work and is a leader/ coach for other elementary office managers. As noted by our most experienced teacher, “To see her in action is to watch a symphony performed.”
Principal of Spiritridge Elementary