PBIS at DJJ: Recent Elbert Shaw RYDC Employees of the Month
Photos and information provided by Lt. Kristen Nix
Recently, the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center (Elbert Shaw RYDC) announced winners of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Employee of the Month for the facility: Michelle Kittle and the C Key Department Security Team (Lieutenant Michael Mulkey, Sergeant Charles Barbee, SSCM Amanda Stewart, Recreation Supervisor Adam White, Officer Delos Santos, Officer Andrew Bailey, Officer Hannah Anderson and Officer Corey Rodgers). The PBIS Employee of the Month award is open to all employees in fields of Safety & 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, 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 the regular job assignments for the good of DJJ.
Be consistent, dependable and punctual in reporting for duty.
According to her co-workers and supervisors, Michelle Kittle has "one of the most detailed jobs in the Department of Juvenile Justice. If you do not understand her workload, all you would need to do is review policy to see what the JDC has to complete for each youth at Elbert Shaw. You would be surprised at the amount of requirements Ms. Kittle has to accomplish daily. I have in the past asked her several times is there any way that I can help her and the answer is always the same: "I appreciate it, but it's my job and I will get it done somehow." She not only has to deal with the youth in the facility but also with guardians to keep them informed of the youth's care. It amazes me how after all of her years here, she still cares about the youth with a strong passion. This passion also translates to her co-workers where she will give you honest and good advice. She is full of honesty, integrity, perseverance, compassion and dependability. I appreciate all the years, tears and commitment she has given Elbert Shaw."
The work of the C Key Department Security Team is widely appreciated at Elbert Shaw. A detailed example of this good work was described as: "Last night 1 was able to observe the entire C Key come together as a team and deal with an extremely serious incident. Many times we are not able to witness the folks that take care of this facility and the youth in our charge during the evening hours. Rest assured, the C Key handled the incident I viewed with perfection, averting a potential life-threatening situation. All involved worked like a well-tuned instrument. Leadership made appropriate calls/decisions and medical assistance was flawless. After the incident, all hands were on point to complete the necessary clean-up so that visitation could be completed. Space does not allow the recognition deserved. Thank you Lieutenant Mulkey, Sergeant Barbee, Amanda Stewart. Adam White, Officer Delos Santos, Officer Andrew Bailey, Officer Hannah Anderson, and Officer Corey Rodgers for a job well done."
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/.