Submitted by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools
Derita Stinnett loves her job and it shows.
Each morning when faculty, staff and students arrive at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, custodian “Miss Derita” gets their day started with a smile on her face, a kind word or an offer to help in any way she is needed.
“Ms. Stinnett’s positive attitude and kindness are a welcoming sight each and every morning!” said Culinary Arts instructor Amanda Sedberry. “She is always working hard and is very dedicated to her job and making sure the students and staff are well taken care of. She is an exemplary co-worker!”
Law Studies instructor Judy Podner could not agree more.
“Miss Derita works incredibly hard every single day to keep our school in pristine condition,” Podner wrote. “But more than that, you will never hear her complain about anything and she always has a wonderful smile on her face to greet the staff every single day. She never fails to ask ‘Do you need anything?’ She is a treasure!”
Now in her fifth year with Bossier Parish Schools, Stinnett’s reputation preceded her at Benton High School, where she worked previously. BPSTIL Principal Jayda Spillers said when she needed someone to help her open the new school last year, she knew just who to ask.
“I stole her from Mitch (Principal Mitch Downey),” Spillers said. “It’s the best stealing I’ve ever done in my life (and the only, she added). People recommended her.”
It is Stinnett’s upbeat personality and ‘can do’ attitude and work ethic that led to her receiving numerous nominations to be named Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee for April and what convinced a judging panel she deserved the award hands-down.
“I love my job!” exclaimed Stinnett, after being surprised with the Gold Star award at a faculty meeting. “You’ve got nice people here. A clean place. And I love Mrs. Spillers.”
She added, “(When) Anybody asks me how I like it, I say ‘Girl, I love it! I have nothing to complain about. I just love my job and I’m ready to work!”
It is Miss Derita’s dedication that especially resonates with Spillers.
“She knows how to fix problems and has that sweet-spirited attitude,” Spillers said. “She will stay much later than her time because something is not finished and won’t leave me in a lurch. She’s a true leader.”
As the many compliments soaked in, Stinnett flashed her infamous smile and said “Makes me want to work harder now, because you never know who’s watching!”
Congratulations to Derita Stinnett, Bossier Schools’ Gold Star winner for April.
Editor’s note: Know someone who works for Bossier Schools that is deserving of the Gold Star award? One more winner will be selected for the 2015-16 school year. Submissions are due by Friday, May 6. Simply go to www.bossierschools.org and click on the Gold Star icon on the right side of the page.