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District Employees of the Year Announced

District Employees of the Year Announced

P2P Investors recognized

Klein ISD is excited to announce this year’s District Employees of the Year. Learn more about these P2P Investors:

Clerical: Mary Krolczyk has supported the staff and students in Klein ISD for 23 years, and people describe her as a go-getter, detail-oriented, and a true leader. Her integrity, gratitude, humility, and kindness exude that she is also student-focused and relationship driven. She has taken the initiative to learn each of Blackshear’s students by name and always greets everyone with a smile. Having worked at several campuses, she is well known and well respected and doesn’t hesitate to help those who call on her for guidance and support. She is a P2P Investor, inspiring, coaching and developing those around her. Her staff describes her as irreplaceable.

Teacher Assistant: Laurnette Dertinger believes in team effort and that it takes a village. She also believes that she is only a part of the village and humbled by her peers of 17 years for selecting her as an employee of the year. She is always the first to volunteer to help in any way and goes above and beyond her role as a teacher assistant. She attends outreach programs and school functions and is quick to help with school and campus displays and beautification projects. She does everything with a smile on her face and as a high-quality leader is a role model for other campus staff and of course students.

Food Service: Tiffiney Voorhees is a leader in every aspect of the word. She takes ownership of her assigned schools and invests her time in establishing relationships with students, parents, staff and school administration and uses innovative ideas to accomplish this goal. She breaks barriers to support other managers and employees giving them the confidence to be involved. Also, she is always eager to serve on district committees, attends school functions and goes above and beyond to disrupt the status quo.

Transportation: For the last five years, Coya Gates focus is and continues to be on her students. As a P2P investor, she takes the time to build relationships with every student who rides her bus and also their parents. Her willingness to always say yes makes her shine as a leader to her peers and her students. She also offers suggestions when complications arise in how to best quickly and efficiently transport students. Her humble, giving spirit is the reason she is a P2P Investor.


Police: As a police officer, Kevin Garner is, of course, a leader, but he is so much more than that. He always puts the students and district’s needs before his own, often volunteering for new tasks and projects. He has a “can do” spirit and is focused on teamwork. Overall, he projects an outstanding positive attitude and is respected by his peers.


Plant Operations: Ashton Perry is known to everyone as being positive, pleasant and always smiling. He goes above and beyond to make sure Klein Cain High School and Lemm Elementary students have a safe and sanitary learning environment. He takes pride in his work and is always willing to lend a helping hand and employ best practices and innovations wherever needed. He’s a true leader and his demeanor has made him a hit among all of the students, and he even takes part in Cain and Lemm activities.

Maintenance: Donald Belinowski takes pride in being a P2P Investor by building safe and comfortable learning environments for staff and students at his campuses. He also works diligently with his peers in maintenance to help assist whenever needed. He is happy to help pass along his knowledge to others but is also eager to learn from others. He brings a wealth of information from his experience in the commercial sector and can tackle problems and opportunities from a different point of view. As a P2P Investor for Klein ISD, he understands the need to work together toward our common goal of ensuring every student enters with a promise and exits with a purpose.

IT: Jackie Maxwell truly embodies the motto of serving students and supporting campuses through her continued dedication to campus counselors and registrars. She is always focused on customer service and has been instrumental in solving many campus problems and creating new solutions. Her experience as a school registrar allows her to understand the goal but remain focused on the needs of the campus and the student. She is approachable, hardworking, and has a wealth of knowledge that makes her invaluable to the IT/Data Services team.

Warehouse: Known as an innovator in Warehouse Services, Aaron Black is called the backbone. He is focused on the success of Klein and continuously demonstrates a “we” not “me” attitude by juggling multiple tasks at once, working tirelessly to support the deliveries and work orders for campuses and students. He is a great communicator who is always looking for better and faster ways to help. He embodies the qualities of a leader by teaching, coaching, and training warehouse staff including the Life-Skills students who help out with various tasks at the warehouse.

Professional Support: At the Therapeutic Education Program, Patty Atkinson is known for her ability to build relationships with staff and students. In her 15 years, she has established a culture of trust that continues to encourage students to take risks and embrace failing forward. She is always humble and always works beyond her duties and responsibilities by attending district meetings and trainings to provide support to the TEP program and its sensitive needs. Her perseverance as a P2P Investor is evident in how she has built relationships with TEP staff, students, and parents who view her as resilient and strong.

Counselor: As the counselor at Bernshausen Elementary, Erica Scott embodies a P2P investor every day by building relationships, and staying student focused. Her job is much more than working with students, she serves on many district councils and is always willing to assist when needed. At her campus, she has developed many positive programs and events for the students and continues to find ways to improve her craft and serve her school community. She exemplifies her roles in supporting students and the campus and strives to leave each person she works with better than when they initially came to her.

Substitute: As a former teacher, Karen Miller has found a renewed passion for education as a substitute. She is a P2P Investor at Klein High School where she is known to all because of the smile she is always wearing. TO her, it’s all about the kids; the rest is just details. Though there are many hats to be worn at the high school level, she is always willing to step up wherever she is needed. She has worked to rally the troops at Klein High around all things Promise2Purpose, and they even want to nominate her for President.



Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

Best Public Schools in Texas
Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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