Mrs. Hockensmith makes a positive impact the lives of students, staff, and families on a daily basis at Lemons Mill Elementary School. In her role as Dean of Students, she ensures a safe learning environment for all students. Her nominator, who wishes to remain anonymous, states that they've never seen an employee take on so many roles in one school. Mrs. Hockensmith is always willing to step in when help is needed, no matter the job. She encourages students, teaches and supports both students and adults within the building and deals with some of the most difficult behavior issues. She supports all staff when needed, mops the floor after a spill instead of calling the custodian, brightens a student's day by fixing their hair each morning so they can feel good about themselves, and takes on numerous leadership roles within the school.
"I'm blessed to work with Mrs. Hockensmith daily and could not do my job to the best of my ability without her encouragement and support," her nominator said. "As she greets students each morning when they arrive off the bus, I have seen smiles stretch across the students' faces after hearing a good morning welcome from Mrs. Hockensmith."