Position: School Secretary
School: Belle Forest Community School
School District: Shelby County Schools
City, State: Memphis, TN
Jessica Stone was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous.
Mrs. Stone is the epitome of a LifeChanger. She serves as the office secretary at Belle Forest Community School, which serves over 1,200 students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade. Every student in the school knows Mrs. Stone. Sometimes, her colleagues have had to clear the office because so many students want to visit with her or give her a hug! When she was 9 years old, she lost her mother to cancer. In response, she has become a nurturing figure to every person who enters the school. She is especially good with students who are going through hard times.
"It's not just the students who she affects - parents, district staff and other visitors to "The Belle" frequently comment on how professional and inviting our office is. It's all because of this amazing woman," her nominator said. "You'll often hear bursts of laughter coming from the front office and find her in a full embrace with someone - even parents who may come in upset!"
Mrs. Stone is not only a secretary. She goes above and beyond like no one the nominator has ever seen. She is a true leader. She plans and leads almost every school event, includeing National Walk to School Day, Field Day, PTO Meetings, Autism Awareness, Trunk or Treat, and fundraising activities.
"She works well beyond the school day to ensure these events are flawless and always gives someone else the credit, even though everyone knows she does all the work!" the nominator said.
Inspired by her mother, Mrs. Stone sponsors Painting Pumpkins for the Cure each October. The children bring pumpkins to paint and decorate after school with her. The pumpkins are donated to the West Clinic to spread joy to their patients.
"That's what she does. She spreads joy to everyone she meets. She is the ultimate professional, a true leader and LifeChanger in our community," the nominator said.