Superintendent Tim Harkrider connected the inception of the award to the vision for the school year of “One Team-One Purpose”.
“Our purpose is student achievement and our goal is to work together as a team to support the students and the district,” Harkrider explained. “Our staff are truly pulling together as a team to ensure that each student reaches their highest potential.”
The Most Valuable Player Award will be presented at each school board meeting to recognize outstanding team members who go above and beyond to contribute to the success of this shared vision.
“Paulett is an outstanding teacher who has been called an integral part of Meador Elementary,” Harkrider continued. “Not only does she focus on her students’ needs, she mentors young teachers as well.”
Traylor has been with Willis ISD for 29 years and has helped open every elementary campus in the district. She currently runs the Learning Lab at Meador Elementary and was recently instrumental in building a successful Teacher Resource Center. She has offered after school information sessions to introduce teachers to resources that are available and creates many of them on her own.
“The concept of the Wildkat Team has shifted the look of our district so that all grade levels are working together and everyone has an integral part in the success of the whole child,” explained Traylor.
Fellow team member Melanie Underwood described Traylor as an “innovative, enthusiastic, faithful teacher and friend”.
“She is an extremely organized person who takes care of everybody,” added Carolyn Backen, Meador’s ESL Coordinator. “The children are her life and her main interest.”
Principal Nan Seith, new to Meador this year, stated that she was told, “If you have questions about anything, go to Paulett Traylor.”
“Saying that she is valuable to our school is an understatement,” Seith continued. “She is the person that everyone would love to have on their campus.”
Traylor herself shies away from all the praise and simply states, “I believe in paying back.”
The next MVP Award will be presented at the regular meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Cargill Education Center, 204 West Rogers in Willis.