Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00
The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to recognize outstanding contributions an individual has made to help contribute to the welfare of the children and the PTA after receiving the Jenkins Award. As a recipient of the State Honorary Life Membership Award in 2003, Dr. Goodman has forged even further ahead and truly brought Baylis to its excellence. One may think this person’s role is a given; that she is “supposed” to be there to help the students. However, according to the Baylis PTA, what she has accomplished was not necessarily in her job description. She is a respected, admired member of the community, stretching beyond the front doors of Baylis.
Most people would say that Principal Dr. Goodman’s job is to enrich the lives of her students and staff alike. However, Dr. Goodman has always worked hand in hand with the PTA. Her open-door policy and ability to always let all voices be heard describes her willingness for new ideas and change. She brought Red Month to Baylis for several years and then welcomed the idea to combine forces with the PARP Committee to demonstrate that not only is reading very important, but in fact can be lots of fun for the students and their families. She has sat on the council wellness committee for many years, always offering important insight. She has supported the budget efforts and answered questions quickly and efficiently.
She has permitted and welcomed many innovative arts and education programs that truly touched the masses. Dr. Goodman has done everything from stirring up involvement in International Night, to giving input on colors for the clothing sale items, to encouraging people to register to vote. She inspired the PTA to bring forth creativity and never stifled new ideas. Even with the ever-changing food allergies and issues, Dr. Goodman championed the importance of celebration without emphasizing food. Rather, under her leadership and guidance, Baylis has changed to include many events that are both new and exciting.
During her tenure, there have been fantastic events including traditional ones like the Circus and more recent events like the Baylis Idol. Both types of assemblies displayed the talent of Baylis students. She encouraged and supported a Fall Harvest Celebration, including special grade-specific crafts, a New Year’s party for the whole school to enjoy. and some individualized events such as the Fairy Tale Ball, Square Dancing and SpringFest.
Dr. Goodman could sometimes be seen in her ski clothes outside, celebrating an in-school “snow day” with the children. She has given up her office to a raffle winner and allowed the lucky recipient to be “principal for the day.” The students loved to see her wear her field day shirt and join in the fun, even while wearing her heels.
Dr. Goodman has been principal of Baylis Elementary School for 16 years. As the times change, so does her willingness to listen, advise and change herself as well. Her job description does not have to include care, kindness, and understanding, but many in the community felt that she exemplified those things. Dr. Goodman encompasses so much more than the leader of the school. She has touched the lives of all the students, teachers, staff and parents. She goes above and beyond for the PTA, which has made Baylis a leader in the community. One can count on Dr. Goodman to lend a hand, welcome an idea and listen to an opinion.
At the ceremony, a representative of the Baylis PTA said the following to Goodman:
“We recognize your efforts, your exemplary service and your undisputed care for the Baylis children and their families. This recognition is to appreciate your devotion for all that you have accomplished and allowed the PTA to achieve. We are truly grateful for the countless hours you have spent ensuring that our children get the best possible education. From the bottom of our hearts congratulations, best wishes and you will be terribly missed.”