I Am Hamilton - Reggie Jordan, a crossing guard at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences
Posted on 02/20/2020
Photo: (L to R) CSAS students present Reggie Jordan with an I Am Hamilton shirt.Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Reggie Jordan, a crossing guard at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) in the Rock Point Learning Community. Students, parents, and staff at CSAS nominated Jordan for the excellent job he does, and for the great welcome to school, he provides as children cross the street going to school and parents are dropping children off in the morning or picking them up at the end of the school day.

“He makes every day better for my kids and me! The phrase ‘do ordinary things with extraordinary love’ reminds me of Reggie because he takes a rather tedious and potentially stressful job and turns it into a way to bless all those he encounters,” CSAS parent Liz Doescher wrote in her nomination. “He smiles big, gives high-fives, makes us laugh, and faithfully serves kids and parents with humility and kindness.”

“I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers, and community members in providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools. Better opportunities for children today mean a brighter future filled with possibilities for our graduates, their families, and the community.

“No matter how late we are running, my kids end up with a smile on their faces as they walk to school because Reggie is always happy and positive, and it is so contagious,” parent Vanessa Tripp wrote in her nomination. “He has to balance regular traffic, buses exiting the school, and kids walking and crossing a very busy street but he does all of this with fairness, grace, and humor.”

“My kids love seeing him in the mornings, always waving at him as we drive past his crossing station,” added parent Maria Bolanos-Turbin. “He is a true treasure to our school, and his professionalism and friendliness make him an excellent example of what Hamilton County Schools should look for and strive for in its employees.”

The teachers on the staff at CSAS are also very thankful for Jordan and all he does to get kids across the street and in school feeling good about the day. “He has such a strong presence at our school,” wrote Autum McCamish, a seventh and eighth-grade English teacher at CSAS. “He is always smiling and projects a joyful spirit with the kiddos and adults with which he interacts every single day. He can make the most of just a few short seconds he spends with the kids by giving fist bumps, smiling, asking about their day, and asking about their families. These small gestures may not seem like a lot, but when he does this with every single student, parent, and teacher day in and day out, those short moments add up to a lot of time spent making a real difference in everyone’s day. We are so lucky to have Reggie Jordan as part of our CSAS family.

To nominate someone for “I Am Hamilton,” send an email to [email protected] with the name of the person you would like to nominate, the school the individual is connected to in Hamilton County Schools, the person’s title, and what makes the individual a valued contributor to Hamilton County Schools. You can nominate a graduate, teacher, parent, student, support worker, community member, or anyone playing a role in a school in the district. Also, include your name, school or location, and title.

Photo: (L to R) CSAS students present Reggie Jordan with an I Am Hamilton shirt.

The I Am Hamilton series won a 2019 NSPRA Golden Achievement Award for school district communications from the National School Public Relations Association.