The Cathy Williams Partner of the Year award was established in 2011 recognizing the leadership that Cathy Williams contributed as the Partners in Education Program director from 1998 through 2011. This award honors an individual who demonstrates long-term and consistent support to a school through the Partners program. This year there was a tie, and two recipients were selected to receive the award: Brea Frantz from Trane and David Israel.
Brea Frantz is seen as a leader within the Chaffin Partners in Education team. This school year she has helped organize and arrange student incentive gifts for attendance and testing, welcome back gifts for teachers, Student of the Month luncheons, food for the Edge and GEMS mentoring programs, Career Orientation field trips and lunches, and prizes for classroom projects. She is a key adult mentor in the GEMS program and has worked hard to recruit new adults to be a part of the program. She also provided students with gym clothes and tennis shoes so they could dress out for PE, notebooks to stay organized in classes, and recently arranged for a student to get a new pair of glasses because his were broken. Mrs. Frantz is always willing to offer her assistance whenever and however it is needed at Chaffin.
David Israel volunteers at Howard Elementary School every single day. He attends every Partners in Education meeting, helps with school events and projects, works with Chess Club students, assists with after-school dismissal and pick-up, and mentors an at-risk student at Howard. Just this year he clocked 142 volunteer hours at Howard, and additional hours through the district in his efforts to establish Chess Clubs in every elementary school. He has been helping Howard for the past 20 years.