University School Faculty/Staff Awards 2013-2014


picture Congratulations to Ms. Jill Janaitis, recipient of the University School Teacher of the Year Faculty Award!

During the CCOE (Clemmer College of Education) Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, at the Carnegie Hotel, Ms. Janaitis was recognized and presented with the Teacher of the Year Award. 

Ms. Jill Bradley Janaitis has served as the 5th grade teacher at University School for the past four years.  She received a B.S. degree from Grove City College, Grove City, PA, major Elementary Education, emphasis: French, and a M.A. from Argosy University, Atlanta, GA, in  Instructional Leadership.  She has served as Elementary Chairperson, Member of the Building Leadership Team, Chairperson of the Enrichment Professional Learning Community, Chairperson of the Mathematics Textbook Adoption Committee, and Co-Chair of the Reading Textbook Adoption Committee. 

You may have seen our teacher of the year award recipient on the stage at Jonesborough Repertory Theater. She teaches 5th grade and was selected by her peers based on her strong results in the classroom.  Ms. Janaitis consistently has high expectations for her students and presents rigorous and engaging lessons.  The students especially enjoy her project based lessons such as the "invention convention".  She was even contacted by the Jimmy Fallon show asking her to submit some of her students inventions for a contest the winners of which would be featured on the show.  Another strength of Ms. Janaitis is her inclusion of music into lessons.  Her students have benefited from "The Preposition Song" set to the tune of Yankee Doodle (Who knew there were so many prepositions?!) as well as "The Order of Operations Song" set to The Right Stuff.   She not only uses these songs in the classroom but also posts them for other teachers to use as well thereby strengthening the wider teaching community.  Ms. Janaitis is well liked by her students and does an excellent job at bridging the gap between elementary and middle school

picture Congratulations to Mr. Mike Tolley,  Outstanding Facilities and Maintenance Staff Award!

The award for outstanding custodial worker goes to Mr. Mike Tolley who takes care of the University School building.  In addition to keeping our building running smoothly and cleanly, he is also an accomplished blue grass musician and has helped to teach an after school guitar club and given demonstrations for several music classes.  If we ever need something extra done, he is very quick to help.  For instance, while preparing for our last theatrical production, we needed microphones hung and hooks put up for curtain supports and heavy equipment removed from the stage.  Mr. Tolley got all of it done quickly and cheerfully.  Mr. Tolley is a valuable team member who has a very strong work ethic of "if it needs to be done, let's do it".


pictureCongratulations to Brittany Metcalf and Jordan Badgett,  Graduate Student Awards!

University School Graduate Student Awards presented at the ceremony were given to  Brittany Metcalf, Graduate Student Assistant and Jordan Badgett, Outstanding Student Worker.

Brittany Metcalf has been working at University School for the past several years.  She has been head cheerleading coach, teacher of record for our Middle School Health course, lunch/detention monitor, and has also assisted with multiple office tasks.  Brittany manages many responsibilities effectively and is always cheerful and willing to help in any way she can.  She has been a big asset to our school.  

Jordan Badgett has worked at University School for the past two years.  She has skillfully assisted in our special education classroom and helped numerous students achieve success.  In addition, Jordan has done many office projects and has willingly filled any needs within the school, including supervision of students at lunch time.  She is extremely kind and willing to do whatever is asked of her.  Her warm friendly personality will be missed. 

Nominated for Outstanding Graduate Student was our own Melody Workman.  Melody has been assisting in third grade at University School for two years.  She willingly accepted the challenge of being the interim teacher for the class while Ms. Doran was on leave.  She did an outstanding job and won the confidence and hearts of both the students and parents.  We know the school that hires her will be getting a gem of a teacher.


iconProviding entertainment for the ceremony was our own University School Instrumental Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Joe Borden.  

We are so very proud of our award-winning Bucs!