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EPS Announces Support Professional of the Year Finalists

Posted Date: 12/02/2021

EPS Announces Support Professional of the Year Finalists

Enid Public Schools announced their 2021-22 Support Professionals of the Year following their announcement of Teacher of the Year Candidates.

The finalists, nominated by their colleagues, are Nancy Griffin, Joe Lewis, and Lance Lockwood.


Nancy Griffin has been with the district for almost three years as a custodian and is at Monroe Elementary. Elvira Lopez, a colleague at Monroe, describes Griffin as being very dependable, saying, “Nancy is hard working individual who has shown many times of compassion, caring, selfless acts to all who is around her. She is always ready to help and get things done and that's besides just keeping our school running.”


The next support finalist is Joe Lewis, a custodian at McKinley Elementary. He has dedicated 17 years to McKinley Cardinals. Roy Bartnick, principal at McKinley, nominated Lewis, saying, “Joe Lewis has diligently worked at McKinley for over seventeen years. Joe is the epitome of the essence of reliability and dedication. He is not only a true professional in his duties, but he is also a beloved member of the McKinley community.”

The third and final Support Professional of the Year finalist is Lance Lockwood, bus mechanic with the Transportation Department. With 23 years in the district, he has been integral on keeping many EPS busses and routes running. “He has worked long hours to stay up with our school schedule. When we are short on drivers for the bus routes, Lance will drive the route and is able to drive all of our routes,” said Rick Moulton, EPS Transportation director.

EPS invites the public to attend the EPS Foundation Education Celebration to celebrate the building-level Teachers of the Year as well as announce the final Support Professional of the Year winner. The event will be held on December 8 from 5-6 p.m. at the Enid High School gymnasium and will be broadcast live on YouTube and Channel 19 by EPS*tv. Events can also be streamed on Roku and AppleTV by searching “Enid Public Schools”.