LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Michele Voss

Position: School Nurse
School: St. Louis Language Immersion School
School District: St. Louis Language Immersion School
City, State: St. Louis, MO

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Michele Voss was nominated by the American School Health Association.

Ms. Voss carries out duties such as performing daily health screenings in every classroom, treating students as needed, supporting staff in health and safety measures, tracking and providing information to local and state health departments, and developing systems and procedures for responding to health crises. She proactively contributes and collaborates with faculty, students, and outside agencies to not only promote best practices in health education and student care, but provide for any and all needs that arise in the community. She works determinedly to ensure all decisions are made in a student-centered approach, while also ensuring that the overall classroom and school system is impacted as little as possible by health and safety measures.

Ms. Voss provides a valuable, deep knowledge of current medical science and practices, often bringing resources and expertise necessary for decision-making to the team. She has taken a major leadership role at St. Louis Language Immersion School (SLLIS) to ensure that equitable choices were presented to all students during this unprecedented school year. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, SLLIS closed their doors and transitioned quickly to fully-virtual instruction. Over the summer of 2020, Ms. Voss had an active role in determining when and how the school could accept students and faculty back onto campus. She was one of the most important voices in favor of opening the doors to a portion of the population, with strict safety protocols in place following CDC guidance. During this time, Ms. Voss was doing the important work of risk assessment and research into how COVID might affect both children and adults early in the pandemic. Thanks in large part to her efforts and leadership, SLLIS was able to begin the 2020-2021 school year with roughly 30% of their total student population on-site.

Ms. Voss is committed to health, safety, and keeping students in school. She has worked to ensure a safe learning environment, and her vast knowledge, unwavering professionalism, and grace in leadership make her a LifeChanger.

Comments (4)

Jason Newland Posted 2 months ago

Ms. Voss is a frontline hero of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Her dedication to the St. Louis Language Immersion School during the 2020-2021 resulted in a safe and successful school year when no one thought that was possible. In collaboration with Dr. Meghan Hill, the school was the first to go back in person at the beginning of August. Ms. Voss tireless work reviewing protocols, going to classrooms to identify potential ill students and staff, and doing the needed contact tracing and quarantining resulted in a safe school year. The impact of these efforts are more than just preventing the transmission of COVID-19 but include the educational gains and psychological safety that was provided to the students and staff.

Meghan Hill Posted 3 months ago

We would not have made it through the 2020-2021 school year without Nurse Voss! We were the first - and only - school to open in St. Louis City in early August 2020. Although we felt as though we were truly entering uncharted territory, Nurse Voss was highly collaborative and supportive as we structured our reopening plans. Once we began operating, we proudly spent the first 90 days of the 2020-2021 school year 100% COVID-free on our campus thanks to her dedication, expertise, attention to detail, and care. Throughout the year, Nurse Voss ensured that our staff, students, and community were able to come into our school building and feel fully confident that their health and safety was a top priority. She continuously and carefully monitored all of our systems and communicated proactively and with compassion to our stakeholders. She is truly a LifeChanger!

Blanca Murillo Posted 3 months ago

I don't know what we would of done without Mrs.Voss. She works so hard throughout the pandemic making sure students and staff were safe and educated about the virus. I know she worked so much extra every single day. Making sure that we could call her at any time of the day of we have questions or concerns about anything. She always goes beyond and above to make sure students and staff are okay and safe.

Anthony Graham Posted 3 months ago

I am so excited that Nurse Voss has been nominated for this award! I have had the pleasure of knowing Nurse Voss through her role as the School Nurse at the St. Louis Language Immersion School. She has been instrumental in supporting our students and staff during the pandemic. Through daily classroom checks, consulting on COVID related policies and concerns, and ensuring all bumps and scrapes are tended to with the utmost love and care, Nurse Voss has provided much needed stability to SLLIS during the pandemic. Furthermore, her thoughtfulness, caring attitude and calm demeanor enables her to effectively navigate difficult situations involving all constituent groups including students, parents, community members, staff and administrators. Nurse Voss is always quick to orient projects, tasks, and action steps to what was in the best interest of student and staff safety and well-being. I hope that the committee will consider Nurse Voss for the LifeChanger of the Year award!