LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jessica Stone

Position: School Secretary
School: Belle Forest Community School
School District: Shelby County Schools
City, State: Memphis, TN

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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.

Comments (6)

Sandra J. Boyd Posted over a year ago

Jessica's honor is well deserved. She is the essence of a Proverb 31 woman, which speaks volume to her character, demeanor and work ethics. An individual who never, ever gets too busy to smile or chat! ......Continue building blocks to a safe, loving and caring village!

Leatryce Edwards-Stanley Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Jessica Stone is a precious gem to The Belle Forest Community School Family. CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. Stone!!

Patrika Brown Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Stone, I am so happy for you! You truly deserve this award. Be blessed.

Dinah Taylor Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Stone is truly Irreplaceable! She loves children and has unbelievable talents! She goes above and beyond her job duties to make "The Belle" a special place for our students, families, and visitors. WE Love You Mrs. Stone!!

Judy C. Keys Posted over a year ago

Jessica Stone is a jewel!! If you've ever seen people on roller skates at Sonic's move with precision and finesse, that's Mrs. Stone. From her welcoming smile when you first see her to assisting with organizing a school event. There's no other person you'd want to work with who is genuinely a life change. Mrs. Stone is that person!!

Linda Johnson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! We are so proud of you.