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I MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD
Alissa Mauk
Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Smoky Valley Education Association and Smoky Valley Schools recognize

members of the community who are making a positive impact on our students and

schools. This month, we would like to recognize Mrs. Traci Baker, SVMS Tennis Coach

and Volunteer Extraordinaire.

As a tennis coach, Traci makes students feel like they are a part of something great

and helps build their confidence and skills as a young player. Outside of tennis, Traci

is one of the SVMS Booster Club presidents. She sets up concessions for all of the

home games and helps teachers coordinate volunteers. When volunteers can’t be

found, you know Traci is there to step in and help. Mrs. Baker helps teachers

coordinate classroom parties and room parents, and is always going out of her way to

help teachers wherever needed.

On top of all of the time invested in our schools through Booster Club, she plays an

essential role in the Move Well Marathon. For many years she has overseen the

Marathon, getting people and schedules coordinated, and playing an active role at

Soderstrom many mornings a week throughout the fall. One or our administrators

noted that she is a person that, when you meet her, you feel better after spending time

with her. She makes you feel like you are the most important person as her focus is

always on you.

FCLA meets weekly at SVMS throughout the school year and Traci helps complete a

great team of people who plan and coordinate the weekly speakers, food, and praise

time. Staff at the middle school share how Mrs. Baker is always around to help and

continues to go above and beyond, bringing in treats for the staff and helping with

school events. Traci is always there in a time of need and is continually thinking of

more ways to help our school.

Traci is not a full time employee for our district but as much as she is in our buildings

and classrooms, you would never know it. We are so thankful that Traci has invested

so much into our schools. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our Smoky

Valley Students!