District Custodian Recognized for ‘Going Above and Beyond’

ddelgado_hopkinsDavid Delgado, a custodian at Mary Herbert Education Center, is the Emporia Public Schools most recent Hopkins Award recipient. He received a $2,000 cash award today from Michelle Hopkins-Molinaro, vice president and managing director of the foundation.  Delgado is a long-time Emporian and has worked for the school district since 2007.  He also will receive another $1,000 to spend on something to benefit a specific school or district program.

With today’s awards, the Hopkins Foundation has given approximately $375,000 to 190 teachers and support staff members in the Emporia schools since the inception of the awards in 2002. The awards program was a dream of Molinaro’s grandfather, E.L. Hopkins, as a way to reward educators.

Hopkins Award nominations can be submitted anytime during the year by parents, student and staff. An online nomination form is posted on the homepage of the district website, A selection committee meets at least quarterly to review nominations and select winners.

Award Criteria

The recipients of the award are individuals who have gone above and beyond their normal job responsibilities. Winners exemplify one or more of these criteria:

  • Innovation/Initiative/Simplification that demonstrates leadership or participation in a project or process of improvement that aligns with the district mission and/or streamlines operations.
  • Collaboration as one team, school or district that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to teamwork by thinking creatively, removing internal boundaries and communicating effectively.
  • Noteworthy Service that is extraordinary and exceeds expectations.
  • Inspiring others to try new things or excel in new ways.
  • Commitment to excellence in any endeavor that enhances the workplace and creates a positive work environment and culture of learning.
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