‘Be Golden’ Staff Member of the Week: Mr. James Coleman


Jimmy Coleman shows off some of his favorite Atlanta Braves items in his office

The “Be Golden” award is a new faculty and staff recognition program at the high school.

This award is given weekly by a faculty/staff member to another faculty/staff member. Whoever receives the trophy on Friday is responsible for awarding it to someone else the following week. The only criteria are to give it to someone who has done something to make the school a better place.

“With the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative in our school, we want to not only recognize students for being golden but staff members as well,” said Shannon Davis, the award program coordinator. “This is a way to personally thank people we work with every day, but don’t always have the chance to show them how much they are appreciated.”

Last week the award went to Mrs. Megan Hartman

He chose to give the award to Mr. James Coleman

Mrs. Hartman’s Quote:

This staff member tirelessly works behind the scenes to make sure our school is clean and operating well. He is cheerful, and never seen without a smile on his face. He is kind and respectful to both staff and students.

Now, I want to elaborate on how this staff member greatly impacts me and my department:

  • He fixes things we (I) break without complaining.
  • He helps me get into jammed lockers on a regular basis.
  • When we get new equipment, he will put it together for us.
  • He allows me to eat lunch in his “custodial suite”.
  • He never acts surprised or annoyed when we call him with strange problems, such as “My student kicked his shoe on the roof. Can you get it down?”
  • He is generous to my own children. He bestows gifts of caffeinated, sugary sodas and chips to my young boys when they are in the building. They are very much appreciative.
  • He will entertain my request of raising the pool temperature a couple degrees.

I give you this week’s recipient of the Golden Eagle…. James Coleman!

The Eagle Eye interviewed Mrs. Hartman about being this week’s award winner:

Eagle Eye: What do enjoy most about Tyrone?

James Coleman: “The small town atmosphere.”

EE: What do you enjoy most about working with students?

JC: “Getting to know the students in middle school and watching them grow and mature once they reach senior high.”

EE: How has Tyrone and the atmosphere impacted your life?

JC: “It amazes me when something tragic happens to someone or someone’s family and the town gathers together and gives a helping hand.”