CHESAPEAKE BAY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Today we honor an employee in our school system who is knowledgeable about the responsibilities of her dual position and carries out those responsibilities in a skilled, efficient and warm manner. Patrice Baker, IEP Clerk and Teacher Assistant at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, displays outstanding performance in the varied duties of her position. As IEP clerk, Patrice assists the IEP Facilitator in finalizing meeting schedules, sending notices to parents, faculty and staff members, making reminder phone calls to parents, answering the phone and taking messages, mailing and filing progress reports, and submitting all Medicaid billing to the Third Party Billing Office. All of the responsibilities that Patrice carries out, quietly support the special educators by enhancing their ability to focus on planning and delivering services to students. While exercising her responsibilities Patrice’s warm smile and pleasant demeanor foster goodwill among administrators, teachers, parents and students alike.
Patrice wears two hats at Arundel Middle. In addition to her role as IEP Clerk, she serves as Teacher Assistant, serving as an aide to various students implementing accommodations and providing supplementary aid in support of their education. The duality of Patrice’s position requires that she manage her time well as it requires balance between the demands of clerking and those duties for assisting students. She demonstrates flexibility by adjusting her work day without losing the capacity to meet the demands of both roles.
Simply put, Patrice Baker is the heartbeat of the special education department at Chesapeake Bay Middle. Her welcoming smile and uplifting voice quickly establish a positive tone with all who come in contact with her. She takes a personal interest in everyone, asking about family members, remembering birthdays, and delivering sincerely compliments interspersed with humor and sweet laughter. When one works in a large building, primarily composed of cinder block without windows, Patrice’s nourishment acts like sunlight streaming through the walls, encouraging connections between people who might otherwise have little contact. As Patrice travels through various classrooms and offices, she takes these beams of sunlight with her. Everyone gets to bask in the warmth of Patrice.
Patrice Baker – you are deeply committed to your position and you take pride in performing your roles to the highest caliber. You are dependable and can be relied upon by all. You demonstrate professionalism while displaying sensitivity, humor and warmed to all who come in contact with you. So for these reasons and more, the Board of Education is honored to recognize you as Employee of the Month for April 2015. Congratulations!