Local 4098 Member of the Month
Jo'Von'Da Marshall has been employed as a Para-educator in the Springfield Public Schools since June 17, 2021 and works at Margaret C. Ells Pre-School. She currently serves as the Building Representative at Ells.
Jillian Veautour, classroom teacher and co-worker (and former Para-educator) writes, "I would like to nominate Jo’Von’Da Marshall as member of the month for many many reasons. She is the definition of a team player and goes above and beyond in her job each and every day. Jo’Von’Da is flexible, covering in almost all of the rooms at Ells, she is compassionate because she loves the children, and she is personable and easy to work with. When as issue arises she is approached and dedicated with finding out not only answers but solutions for those issues as well. I enjoyed working with Jo’Von’Da all last year and any room she works in is lucky to have her."
Tricia DeMarzio, classroom teacher and co-worker (and former Para-educator) writes, "I stumbled upon a quote one day that has stuck with me since. It said “Paraprofessionals…because even teachers need heroes too”. I can’t even begin to explain how true this is. One of my superheroes is Jo’Von’Da Marshall. Every day when the bell rings and the busses are pulling up, Jo’Von’Da is ready to greet our kiddos with a smile. One of the many things I admire about Jo’Von’Da is she treats the children with the same love and respect as she does her own children. Whether she is supporting the children academically, emotionally, or they need a change of clothes or a hug, she does it all with no hesitation. Not only does she support the students daily, but her co-workers as well. Jo’Von’Da is always willing to help another classroom with anything they need. From assisting with diapering, to covering so someone can have a lunch break, to volunteering to be the building union rep, she is always thinking about how she can help her fellow staff members. For me personally, Jo’Von’Da has been a blessing. We all know how challenging this school year has been for multiple reasons. It is a privilege to work with someone like Jo’Von’Da who will brainstorm ideas with me, let me vent when I am frustrated, or who will just sit back and laugh with me. Room 12 is so lucky to have such a compassionate, determined, and selfless member of our team. We love you Ms. Jo’Von’Da!!!
Congratulations Jo'Von'Da and thank you for Making A Difference!
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UPDATE ON FREE COLLEGE BENEFIT
The Court has granted our Preliminary Injunction Motion against the Department of Education (ED). Attached is the Order and below are the injunction parameters:
1. Defendants (ED) are enjoined (prohibited) from enforcing the July 18, 2022 Cease-and-Desist Letter’s prohibition against EGCC enrolling new students in the Free College Benefit Program.
2. Defendants (ED) are enjoined (prohibited) from enforcing the July 18, 2022 Cease-and-Desist Letter’s prohibition against EGCC waiving tuition and fees for non-Pell students.
3. Defendants (ED) are enjoined (prohibited) from taking any action limiting EGCC’s access to federal student financial aid without affording EGCC notice and an opportunity to be heard as prescribed in the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1094 and applicable regulations, 34 C.F.R. § 668.81–99.
4. Nothing in this Order shall prevent Defendants (ED) from issuing a Final Program Review Report of EGCC.
5. This Order shall remain in effect until further order of the Court.
This means new and current students can register for the Spring 2023 semester in the Free College Benefit Program. We will open Spring registration on Tuesday, October 25th. While we celebrate this much-needed relief for our students, the underlying litigation is ongoing. The College will continue to inform its students, employees, and stakeholders of any updates and next steps.
Academic Advisors are also available to assist students with registration and answer any questions students may have. You can schedule your academic advising appointment here:
https://egcc.edu/students/student-support-services/academic-advising/ . Also, continuing students will be able to self-register through the student portal starting on October 25th.
For Free College questions, email email@example.com or call our EGCC Admissions Counselors at 1-833-465-2505 or the Financial Aid Help Desk at 1-833-465-2505 option 2.
Students can fill out the 2022-2023 FAFSA form here: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
The bottom line is that it is available now and if you'd like to take advantage of the program please do! We just don't know what's going to happen after the Spring semester.