‘Be Golden’ Staff Member of the Week: Mr. Thomas Yoder

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‘Be Golden’ Staff Member of the Week: Mr. Thomas Yoder

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The “Be Golden” award is a faculty and staff recognition program at the high school. It is to a teacher or staff that is making a difference at Tyrone 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 Dean of Students and Athletic Director Mr. Luke Rhoades. 

He chose to give the award to Principal Mr. Tom Yoder. 

 Mr. Rhoades’ Quote:

The recipient for the Golden Eagle Award goes to the pilot who helps us fly through each school day and he is the captain who steers us on our yearly school voyage.  This individual has an open-door policy and is always willing to sit and listen. When he is approached with a problem, he is quick to reach for a solution by engaging his supportive cast to help find the solution.  This individual follows the words of Dwight Eisenhower who said, “you don’t lead by hitting people over the head -that’s assault not leadership.” The recipient is our good Monday – Friday 7:30 – 3:30 friend – Tom Yoder.”

The Eagle Eye interviewed Mr. Yoder about being this week’s award winner:

Eagle Eye: Why did you go into education?

Thomas Yoder: “I have always loved writing and literature, so I decided to become an English teacher. I taught English for about 10 years before going into administration. My Grandmother was also a teacher.  She started out teaching in a one room schoolhouse.”

EE: What makes Tyrone a good place to work?

TY: “The students, teachers, and staff at Tyrone make this an amazing place to work. I think we have a very positive school environment where people feel they have a voice in how the school is being run.”

EE: Is this your dream job? If not, what is? 

TY: “I enjoy my job every day; it is so nice to work here.  It is a job that is so rewarding and fulfilling. I am thankful to be a part of this incredible school community.”