PBIS at DJJ: Elbert Shaw RYDC Employee of the Month Tamara Brindle
Photos and information provided by Lt. Kristen Nix. Story and design by Mary Catherine Heard.
The Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) announced that Sergeant Tamara Brindle was recently named the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Employees of the Month for the facility. The PBIS Employee of the Month award is open to all in fields of Safety and Security, Medical, Counselors, Mental Health, Education, Food Service, Maintenance, Business, Personnel, Support Staff and Administration.
To become the PBIS Employee of the Month at the Elbert Shaw RYDC, employees must:
• Possess a positive attitude towards work responsibilities, co-workers,and youth and be willing to serve as a role model for others.
• Show a willingness to exercise servant-leadership, take initiative and accept and carry out additional responsibilities beyond regular job assignments for the good of DJJ.
• Be consistent, dependable and punctual in reporting for duty.
Sergeant Brindle, according to her supervisors and co-workers, “is one of the backbone members of the security staff at the facility. She constantly goes above and beyond to make sure everything is done and every situation is handled.” Brindle exemplifies excellent leadership and teamwork qualities and enthusiastically assists security, intake, education, counselors, maintenance, and administrative staff when needed. With many of her tasks, “she can make one of her staff complete them; however, she does them herself. I don’t know how many nights she has stayed over to complete intakes for the evening shift personnel to help them out. She has done this for so long that sometimes we forget how much she does,” says one of her supervisors. She truly cares for the youth in the facility and will always take time out of her schedule to talk to those who are upset. DJJ thanks Sergeant Brindle for her service and commitment.
PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 23,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior, will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve the school climate for all students.
To learn more about PBIS at DJJ, visit http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/pbisatdjj.