Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Katie Jeffcott Named Pasco School-Related Personnel (SRP) of the Year

Zephyrhills, FL – (December 11, 2018) – Katie Jeffcott, resource management associate at R. B. Stewart Middle School, received the surprise news this morning that she is Pasco County Schools SRP of the Year.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, School Board Member Megan Harding, R. B. Stewart Middle School Principal Shae Davis, Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso, and United School Employees of Pasco President Don Peace announced the news and presented Mrs. Jeffcott with balloons, flowers, and a tin of cookies.

“Are you serious?” Mrs. Jeffcott asked Superintendent Browning when he told her that she was SRP of the Year. She then gave him a big hug.

Mrs. Jeffcott started her career with Pasco County Schools nine years ago as a food and nutrition assistant at John Long Middle School. She has been at Stewart Middle for the last six years. Her primary responsibilities include all the inventory, distribution, maintenance, and repair of the school’s technology.

Katie coaches cheerleading, soccer (boys and girls), and track. She continuously volunteers at Stewart Middle outside of her coaching responsibilities, including with National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), dances (where she is often the DJ), and fundraising for school and community projects. She serves on several school committees such as 8th grade, technology, and school safety.

Katie has created and coordinated several programs such as alternative field day, intensive math rewards, 6th and 7th grade carnivals, and spirit week. She also coordinates pep rallies and book fairs.

Recently, Katie and the school’s NJHS came to the rescue of the local Meals on Wheels program after several robberies left them short of donations. The NJHS kids raised $1,200 with a trash-a-thon, collecting garbage throughout the community and receiving donations based on how much they collected. Katie and the students presented the check to Meals on Wheels in early November. She also partners with Thomas Promise, Relay for Life, and Angel Tree.

Mrs. Jeffcott will be honored with other employees of the year at a dinner ceremony on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The district also will nominate her for Florida SRP of the Year.

Photo: Superintendent Kurt Browning, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, R. B. Stewart Middle School Principal Shae Davis, Katie Jeffcott, School Board Member Megan Harding, Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso, and United School Employees of Pasco President Don Peace.