Friday, December 2, 2022

Della Davidson Teacher Awarded OSD Employee of the Year

The Oxford School District recognized Shalayne VanSickle, a 3rd grade teacher at Della Davidson Elementary, as OSD Employee of the Year at Monday’s board meeting.

Della Davidson Elementary teacher Shalayne VanSickle was awarded OSD Employee of the Year at Monday night’s board meeting. 

VanSickle has been an educator for nine years, devoting seven of those to the Oxford School District.

She served as English Language Arts (ELA) co-chair, the yearbook sponsor, and as a member of our Standards Based Grading team. She is from Senatobia and graduated from Delta State University with a double major in special education and elementary education.

“I am beyond humbled to receive this recognition,” VanSickle said. “I am so thankful to work in this wonderful district and so fortunate to have found my place at Della. It is such a privilege to be part of such an amazing team of teachers and administrators.”

Colleagues used words like “amazing, patient and inspiring” to describe VanSickle. 

“Ms. VanSickle is a dedicated teacher and is always looking for ways to improve her teaching. She is a great team player and provides support and encouragement for her English Language Arts (ELA) team. We are so lucky to have her at Della!” one teacher wrote. 

Throughout the school year, each school campus and department has the opportunity to select an Employee of the Week. At the end of the year, each campus votes for its Employee of the Year. The entire district then votes on the overall Employee of the Year. This award is given based on nominations and votes from peers.

Each school/department’s Employee of the Year is recognized on the district website:

Debra Holman
Teacher Assistant
Employee of the Year 2019: Bramlett Elementary School

Connie Robinson
Employee of the Year 2019: Oxford Elementary School

Kate Gross
Behavior Specialist
Employee of the Year 2019: Oxford Intermediate School

Sherilyn Coleman
Remedial Math Teacher
Employee of the Year 2019: Oxford Middle School

Meg Hayden
School Nurse
Employee of the Year 2019: Oxford High School

Tina Suggs
Special Education Teacher
Employee of the Year 2019: Oxford Learning Center

Heather Lenard
Public Information Officer
Employee of the Year 2019: Central Office

Cindy McGlown
Food Service Worker
Employee of the Year 2019: Child Nutrition

Upul Hewamanna
Bus Driver
Employee of the Year 2019: Transportation staff report