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One "Employee of the Month" is selected every month during the school year (September - June). These non-management individuals, distinguished by their exemplary work performance, team spirit, volunteer service, and commitment to the mission of Hopkins House as a world-class learning community, are selected by the Trustees' Scholarships & Recognitions Committee. In addition to public recognition, the honorees are eligible to choose one reward from the following options:
  • One day of paid leave;
  • Free lunch for you and your classroom colleagues;
  • Gift Certificate ($50) to retail or grocery store, gas station, car wash, or public transit;
  • NAEYC Regular Membership (Individual becomes eligible to attend NAEYC Conferences) 
  • Tickets (2) to movie, sports game, or theatre;
  • Classroom supplies (up to $50); or,
  • Limousine ride (1 day) to/from work.
In order to receive your award, employees must contact Central Office within 30 days of the award announcement.
  Valerie Payne
Preschool Academy
 September For going beyond the call of duty: In addition to her regular duties as a Teacher, Ms. Payne is helping to make the newly opened Innovative Preschool Academy a success by volunteering her time to help train new staff.  She also volunteered to help coordinate the United Way/CFC fundraising effort at the academy.
Tamika Hill
Helen Day Preschool Academy
 October Delivering Excellent Customer Service: Ms. Hill exhibits a welcoming spirit in her classroom that puts her Young Scholars and their parents at ease.  She receives glowing comments from parents on the way she makes learning visible in the classroom. 

These awards are determined through nomination and voting by staff and parents.  In additon to public recognition, the honorees of REACH Awards receive trophies and other prizes during the organization's annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon held in the summer (July/August). 
  Red Carpet Award - Given annually to an employee who best communicates directly to resolve conflicts; who raises issues confidentially within Hopkins House with staff and leadership team; and, strengths the organization by embracing diversity – making others feel welcome and contributing to an inclusive environment and values and encourages expression of difference.
2014 Honoree: Sandra Arnold
Instructional Assistant,
James L. & Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy


  Excellence in Education Award - Given annually to an employee who, through their knowledge and understanding of early care and education, best delivers exceptional environments that fosters growth and learning; demonstrates a commitment to the field of early childhood education, listening to colleagues and participating wholeheartedly in center and school activities; and, has nurturing interactions with all and responds with flexibility by providing developmental expertise.

Carla_Cermenati 2014 Honoree: Carla Cermenati
Teacher, James L. & Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy


  Above and Beyond Award - Given annually to an employee who best demonstrates an eagerness to learn and has a positive attitude; is proactive about improving systems and practices and readily contributes new ideas; is open-minded and take initiative; and, willingly asks questions and demonstrates flexibility. This individual contributes to the overall work environment by demonstrating a consistent, model work ethic.

2014_-_Francine_Andrews-Owens 2014 Honoree: Francine Andrews-Owens
Education Aide, Helen Day Preschool Academy
  Community Outreach Award - Given annually to an employee who best models a spirit of volunteerism and encourages others to raise the quality of life for children; demonstrates leadership and a commitment to serving families in need in the communities where we live and work; and, goes above and beyond when representing Hopkins House at their community outreach projects such as Venetian Masquerade Ball and Heart of the Community Service Project and assisting in Hopkins House fundraising efforts. 
Tina_Nesbitt 2014 Honoree: Tina Nesbitt
Center Coordinator, ECLI
  Hero Award - Given annually to employees who best demonstrate the mission of Hopkins House in supporting families and ensuring their satisfaction. They encourage family involvement, welcome new ideas, and build a community of caring; consistently meet the needs of families whom they serve, are open-minded, and build trusting relationships with families by respecting their values and differences; and, embody the family centered care by meeting families where they are- acknowledging and accepting their individual values and ideas while sharing their joys and challenges.
 Kiri_Robinson 2014 Honoree: Kiri Robinson
Education Aide, Helen Day Preschool Academy
Given annually by the Chairman of the Board to a manager (Executive staff excluded) who best demonstrates exemplary work performance, team spirit, volunteer service, and commitment to the mission of Hopkins House as a world-class learning community.  In addition to public recognition, the honoree receives a trophy and cash prize.
Stephanie_Turner-Menson 2014 Honoree: Stephanie Turner-Menson
Principal, Innovation Preschool Academy
Given annually by the President to an employee who best exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism, and who demonstrates a strong commitment to the mission of Hopkins House. In addition to public recognition, the honoree may select one reward from the following:
  • Eligible to attend an out-of-state professional conference (airfare, hotel, plus registration); or,
  • 4-night caribbean vacation (airfare for 1 and accommodations for up to 4 guests).
 Quinique_Cabness 2014 Honoree: Quinique Cabness
Assistant Teacher, Helen Day Preschool Academy
Given annually to employees who have worked two or more years at Hopkins House.  In addition to public recognition, the honoree receives:
  • Certificate (for 2 or more years of service)
  • Wrist watch (for 5 or more years of service)
  • Cash Gift (for 10 or more years of service)

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Emergency Alert is a system used by Hopkins House to alert employees and others about weather conditions and other emergency situations that impact the operation of the organization, including emergency closings or openings due to storms.  eHopkinsNews sends a text message to your smartphone or other device that accepts text messages.  Text messages will be sent to your personal or Hopkins House issued smartphone.  
cellphone<-- Click on the cellphone and enter your information on the form.  Please enter a cell- or smartphone number that accepts text messages and that you use regularly.  You may enter your personal cell- or smartphone number or the cellphone number of a Hopkins House mobile device, if you have been issed one.
This information is kept private and used for this exclusive purpose only.  Information provided here will not be shared or sold. 



For security and easy identification, Hopkins House Preschool Academy educators are required to wear uniforms while they are on duty.  These uniforms, embroidered with the Hopkins House logo, may be purchased from Land's End by clicking on the Preschool Academy Crest --> Embroider




Under authority of Hopkins House Policy #100.32, the committee hears and advises the Vice President on the disposition of eligible employee disciplinary appeals.  Designated members are automatically on the committee by virtue of their title.  Appointed members are selected by the President to serve a term not to exceed one (consistent with the organization's fiscal year), and must be full-time, salaried employee.
Business of the committee may be conducted only when a quorum of at least four members is present, including the Chair and Vice Chair.  Advice shall be in writing to the Vice President by formal consent of a majority of those present and voting at a duly called meeting.  
Deliberations of the committee are strictly confidential.

Click here to file an appeal with the committee --> Appeal
2014/2015 Term Members
- Designated Members by Virtue of Title -
Alvin T. Butler, Jr. 
Vice President
Vice Chair
Debora Okyere
Assistant Principal, McNeil Preschool Academy

- Appointed Members at the Pleasure of the President -

Matthew Anderson
Maintenance Engineer, General Services
  Henriette Banning
Teacher, McNeil Preschool Academy
  Dorothy Bolds
Teacher, McNeil Preschool Academy
 Valerie Payne
Teacher, Innovative Preschool Academy
Keona Washington
Assistant Teacher, Helen Day Preschool Academy