Davis named Jenks Public Schools’ Classified Employee of the Year
Willard Davis, Site Maintenance employee at Jenks Middle School, is the 2019-20 Jenks Public Schools’ Classified Employee of the Year. Davis was selected from a pool of 17 finalists representing each school site and department in the District.
“I was surprised to hear my name called, but it is also very gratifying to know that the heartfelt effort I give to help our amazing faculty and staff has been recognized by my peers and by this wonderful District,” Davis stated. “Our teachers make such a difference in the lives of our students, but it takes the work of a dependable, diligent classified staff to keep all of the parts ready and moving. The recognition of these working parts by our sites and our District is encouraging, inspiring and certainly motivating.”
Davis, who is in his fourth year making repairs and maintaining all aspects of Jenks Middle School, spent 40 years running grocery stores in the Tulsa area and worked for ten years as a manager at a local Atwoods. After retiring from those positions, Davis wanted to stay busy and he knew he could use his years of experience to make a positive impact in a school setting.
“After deciding to end my retirement, I wanted to do something where I could see good outcomes in tasks well done.” Davis said. I knew that there was not much about building maintenance that I couldn’t do because of my background, but I discovered so much more opportunity than I expected. Now, I am in a place every day where I get to serve amazing students and staff members.”
Whether he is changing light bulbs, mending furniture, or working to keep an air conditioner functioning properly, Davis is an integral part of the day-to-day mission at Jenks Middle School. Colleagues selected him as the Middle School Classified Employee of the Year for his humble attitude, his friendly demeanor, and the efficiency with which he completes his tasks.
“I love the interaction with faculty and staff, seeing and knowing that maybe something I say or do might just make their day a little more pleasant and easier,” reflected Davis. “I realize that what I do and the attitude I do it with can make a difference for some of these teens who might be having a tough time. I love watching these kids come in as seventh graders and see the growth and transformation that they go out with as eighth graders.