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Dereck Cobb

Position: School Resource Officer
School: Daffodil Pre-K School
School District: Ware County School District
City, State: Waycross, GA

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Dereck Cobb was nominated by his principal, Linda Houseal.

"This is our first year experiencing a SRO at our school," said Houseal. "At first, I didn't think we needed one because of the age of our students. However, Officer Cobb has only been here for two months and has already made such a huge difference for the staff and school climate. He is a self-motivator. I don't have to ask him to do anything, because he is right there already completing any task that has to be done to ease our workload."

Officer Cobb is visible and helpful to students, parents and the entire staff. He starts his morning at the car rider line, helping students get out of their cars and greeting each student and parent as they walk into the school. Everyone loves him! During lunch and breakfast, he is right there helping every student place their milk and dinnerware on their trays. The students are learning to trust police officers and view them as trusting adults.

Each afternoon, before he leaves to attend another school, he collects the car rider numbers and assists with placing the students in their cars to go home. Typically, the car rider line is a half mile long, and Officer Cobb is consistently in place and never changes. His school is much safer with him on board! 

"There was an incident with a parent trying to take a child when he was told to release the child," said Houseal. "Both parents were in a heated argument. Officer Cobb stepped right in and solved the problem without hesitation! Our stress levels are down because of the skill set he brings to our school. He helps provide a safe environment for our students to learn. I was so wrong about how I felt from the beginning! After witnessing him for a couple of months, my staff, students, parents and I will fight the world to keep him with us! He has truly been a life-changing breath of fresh air for our school!"



Comments (50)


Christi Posted over a year ago

He is amazing! My daughter had a rough time starting school, and any time he’d see her upset I’d hear him say “what’d we talk about yesterday? It’s gonna be a good day & we’re gonna have fun!”. She absolutely loves school now! The first smile i ever got out of her about school was about Officer Cobb & how he was the “lunch police” who made her laugh. He was a big part of that transition for her! I’m so thankful for it too! Way to go!!

Malorie Burnham Posted over a year ago

I always enjoy seeing your smiling jace when i pick up or drop off my son ,You are truley a blessing to the children they adore you. Everytime when you bring my son to the car at the end of the day he always tells me he loves you and that you are so sweet. ??

Dee Littlejohn Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a great asset to Daffodil School and the community as a whole. With all of the school related violence that has been experienced throughout America, it is very refreshing to know that there is a caring and professional officer in the midst of the learning environment. Thank you for all that you do!!!

Yuri Martin Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Officer Cobb! Very deserving! My daughter loves you. One night she saw you at the football game and made it her mission to walk down to the grass to say “hey” to “officer cobbs.” You are always greeting the children with a smile and saying encouraging things to them when they walk in the school. Thank you for being there to watch over our children!

Danielle Brown Posted over a year ago

Way to go Officer Cobb! My son loves and trusts you so much! Thanks for all that you do to make him and everyone at the school feel safe and secure!

N.S. Posted over a year ago

Thank you for keeping our kids safe! Every time you see him he has a smile on his face!

Maria Rios Posted over a year ago

Way to go Officer Cobb! Keep Up The GREAT WORK!!! You DESERVE to WIN!! Thank You for Keeping our Children SAFE!???? We’re So FORTUNATE to have you at DAFFODIL!

Heather Kellum Posted over a year ago

I love Officer Cobb! He is the asset that made me feel safe letting my child attend Daffodil. He is such a kind man and amazing with all the kids. Always, greeting the children.

Beth Merritt Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a wonder asset to Daffodil and I’m thankful he is there with our little ones! Whether it be protecting our kids or helping load them into our cars at the end of the day, he is always there with a smile! He makes the children feel safe and that’s especially important! Thank You!!

Mandi mclaughlin Posted over a year ago

He is a kind soul, always helping. My son loves him. We are thankful to have him at Daffodil!

Charles Burrier Posted over a year ago

You are there for power kids an that means the world to me I am proud to say you would Have my vote Congratulations because you deserve it weather they chose you or not. You are still a great man an I thank you for what you do

JAYJAY King Posted over a year ago

Thanks for all you do Mr. Cobb for Daffodil students, and for the lunchroom staff. You TRULY do go over & beyond for everyone as we'll for the Janitor's. You truly deserve this award HANDS DOWN. Now I can leave this comment section and say well done MR.COBB WE LOVE YA.??

Megan Hickox Posted over a year ago

My daughter, Emmeline LOVES officer Cobb! She now says she wants to be a police officer like him when she grows up! She tells me how he helps her open her milk and with her tray. Daffodil is very lucky to have him.

Jas Dale RYANNA'S mom Posted over a year ago

Congratulations you definitely deserve it. Your Always smiling and very pleasant. Thanks for getting my little difficult daughter out the car most mornings when she don't want to go lol. Thanks for your protection over our children.

Lana Taylor Posted over a year ago

Thank you so so much, Officer Cobb!!! I have seen you at work doing everything mentioned by Dr. Houseal and am so glad that you are there to serve and protect all of our little ones and the staff at Daffodil. Daffodil school already had a great reputation, and we thank you for making it even better!! ??

Melissa Hickson Posted over a year ago

I would like to say that Officer Cobb is a ray of sunshine to the staff in nutrition! Every day he helps us with moving the lunch line along,putting spoons on trays for each class... His positive additude is something we all look forward to each day! Thank you Officer Cobb!!

Stacie lee Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Cuzin on ur outstanding duties u provide. THANK YOU

Stephanie Watson Posted over a year ago

We love Officer Cobb!! He is so friendly and goes out of his way to make each child feel special. Seeing him first thing in the morning is a great way for the kids to start their day.

Tabitha cox Posted over a year ago

Great job!!! We are all proud of you

Shanice Benson Posted over a year ago

Awesome person, & is fantastic with the kids and shows a lot of helpful support making sure that all the precious babies are safe. & He truly deserves this award!

Amber Williamson Posted over a year ago

We’re so fortunate to have Mr.Cobb at Daffodil! He is a wonderful asset!! My son, Ridge, always looks forward to seeing him.

Angela Flynn Posted over a year ago

We miss Officer Cobb at Ware County High School. Very dependable officer.

Adriene White Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is the BEST!! He's a great role model and is always smiling. He greets the children in the morning and helps them get their trays and open their milk. Thank you for always being willing to help!

Tiffany Musgrove Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a wonderful asset to DAFFODIL. He is always trying to help in anyway he can with the students and staff. He is always encouraging the kids to be the best that they can be. We love Office Cobb!

Nobalee Strickland Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a great asset to Daffodil. He his always willing to help with our students and just make things run faster and smoother. My students look up to him and love seeing him everyday. Thanks for all you do Officer Cobb!!!!!!

Shawanna Johnson Posted over a year ago

Officer Dereck Cobb is a joy to work with. He always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude. Officer Dereck Cobb enjoys helping with the boys and girls. He knows them by name and they love him to pieces. Officer Dereck Cobb is an awesome, appreciated and respected member of our DAFFODIL Family!

Judy Deen Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a great asset to us. He greets parents and students each day with a smile. Officer Cobb is always there to lend a helping hand when you need one. We love Officer Cobb and we"d be lost without him!

CANDACE PALMER Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is great! He is always helping others, without asking. In the lunchroom, he always willing to help out our pre-k friends by helping students with their tray. Officer Cobb always lights up Daffodil with his warm smiles and positive comments. Always lending a hand, giving encouraging words, and even checking on children who had a rough day, he love daffodil and we love him too!

Heather Tomlinson Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb has been an asset to the children in my classroom. At the beginning of the school year many children viewed him as "the police" and some were scared of him. Now he is their friend, he high fives them, chats with them and seeks out specific students to check on throughout the day. Officer Cobb is certainly changing lives and Mrs. T's class appreciates him for that.

Amber DeLoach Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is the best! He has been such a big help during our breakfast and lunch time! He will help in any way that is needed. You never have to ask him for help, because he is already doing it. The students love seeing him each morning when they get out of the car! He has a special connection with each student at DAFFODIL. Thank you for all you do for us Officer Cobb! We love you!!

Julianna Lacefield Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb, you are an asset to D.A.F.F.O.D.I.L. You represent leadership, as well as friendship, to the children and to all of us, through reinforcing guidance and acceptance, by the example that you set. Thank you.

Shawanna Johnson Posted over a year ago

Officer Dereck Cobb is a joy to work with. He always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude. Officer Dereck Cobb enjoys helping with the boys and girls. He knows them by name and they love him to pieces. Officer Dereck Cobb is an awesome, appreciated and respected member of our DAFFODIL Family!

Debbie Christie Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is awesome and has a great personality. He is always encouraging people and always willing to help out wherever he is needed. Students and staff love him!

Debra Taylor Posted over a year ago

We have the best officer! Officer Cobb is a perfect match for our students. It takes a special person to work with preschoolers. He exhibits all of the special qualities needed. He's patient, understanding, and kind, and he keeps the students smiling. I'm amazed at how he remembers all the small details about the children and that makes their day. I have a student who'll only let Officer Cobb open her milk at lunch and he does it daily and happily. Thanks Officer Cobb for being a breath of fresh air in our school. Preschoolers rock and you do too!

Annette Muchison Posted over a year ago

We love you, Officer Cobb! You are a light to our school. There is never a task too hard for you. You always give special attention to all of our students. You give extra attention to those who truly need it whether it is giving a student ice cream money or giving them a much needed high five. You fit in as though you have always been here. You never meet a stranger and now you have so many friends at our school. You are truly a conqueror!

Darlene Lee Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb has been a great addition to our school. He is always so kind to the children, and he provides them with a great role model to look up to. Officer Cobb is always ready to help and get involved.

Catherine Beach Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is such a true blessing. Working with 22 four-year olds is a challenge each day. Officer Cobb is quick to help in any way. He talks to my students every meal and asks them if they are having a good day. My students love him and love to give him a hug. He is always so quick to help in any way. We love him because he is always so helpful. I can’t imagine Daffodil without him. Thank you so much, Officer Cobb!!

Veejae Jones Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb has made a huge impact on our school. The children love him! He interacts with them and assist the teachers with the children for breakfast and lunch. The children look forward to seeing him everyday! When a child is having a rough day, Officer Cobb is able to talk to them and get through to them. He is a great role model and its nice having him at Daffodil.

Sabree Scurry Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is an amazing community helper in our school. I feel safe knowing he's watching the halls and making sure there are no threats to compromise our school, students, and staff. Also, he is a positive role model for the children to look up to and to give them guidance. He always has a smile on his face and you can tell that he enjoys helping in anyway that he can. He deserves this life changer of the year award because he influences good choices and behavior in our students. We are blessed to have him in our school!

Danielle Shell Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is hands down the BEST!!! He is always lending a helping hand to all employees and students of DAFFODIL. He has taken initiative to help all students get their trays for breakfast/lunch, as well as helping teachers open milks and meal packages. Officer Cobb never fails to make us all feel safe and loved. He undoubtedly, always has a smile on his face and acknowledges all students and employees, everyday!! We love Officer Cobb and thank him for all that he has done for DAFFODIL. Officer Cobb, YOU ROCK!!!!!! Danielle Shell

Belinda Moore Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is the perfect person for DAFFODIL! He works well with our Pre-K students and it takes a special person to have patience with this age group. He steps in to help and we do not even have to ask him. He welcomes us and departs us with a smile. The students and staff love him and NO other school can take him!!! Thank you, Officer Cobb for making us feel safe while being kindhearted at the same time!!! Belinda Moore

Sunundria Greene Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all you do for our school and our children. They love seeing you help out around the school and you always speak back with a smile.

Amber Posted over a year ago

Office Cobb is a wonderful asset to our school. He always goes above and beyond to lend a helping hand. I am thankful to have him at our school. He has a listening ear and always offers words of encouragement when it is needed. Thank you Officer Cobb for all you do!

Melanie Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb has been a great addition to our Daffodil family. He is always there to lend a helping hand and never fails to have a smile on his face.

Charmaine Moody Posted over a year ago

Officer Dereck Cobb, is a great encouragement to our school, students, and staff. He is very optimistic in all he does, and he doesn't mind putting in extra effort to pick of the slack, when it is necessary. We appreciate everything he contributes to Daffodil preschool!

Anne Duncan Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb has been a wonderful asset to DAFFODIL this year. He helps out in so many ways. He greets the students in the morning at car duty and then again at breakfast by placing spoons on plates. Officer Cobb is in the hallways looking out for any way that he can help the students and teachers. He also assists with car duty in the afternoons. Thanks Officer Cobb! You're great!

Natasha Spradley Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a tremendous help to students and staff at DAFFODIL! He is ready to lend a hand at any time! Officer Cobb interacts very well with the students and encourages them to do and be their best! We enjoy having him at our school!!

Jill Hall Posted over a year ago

I Nominate Officer Cobb for a Life Changer .Officer Cobb is a true breath of fresh air for DAFFODIL Pre-K he is always smiling.Officer greets every kid with a smile every morning and afternoon.He Gives them hugs when they're crying .The children at our school love Officer Cobb. He is also a awesome protector of staff when it comes to parents being irate . I feel very safe with Officer Cobb at our school .Thanks Officer Cobb for all you do at DAFFODIl Pre-K . Jill Hall Secretary

Mrs. Christine McGauley Posted over a year ago

Officer Cobb is a positive plus at Daffodil PreK. Students feel as though they have a hero when they see him. He always acknowledge them. They are so excited to let me know that they talk to the police officer. He is such a big help and shows that there is a true heart for people in his every day actions. He goes so far as to remember students who may have food allergies and makes sure they don't get that item on their breakfast or lunch plate. He makes the staff feel that we are in a safe environment and he always has a word to put a smile on your face if there isn't one when you walk pass him. Only knowing him a few months, I can truly say that Officer Cobb is a real, positive, professional Life Changer.

Sunundria Greene Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all you do for our school and our children. They love seeing you help out around the school and you always speak back with a smile.