December Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner – April Ravert

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The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the December Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: April Ravert! April is an Early Childhood Coordinator and Family Support Specialist with ParentLink.

December 2019 Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner April Ravert, ParentLink, University of Missouri College of Education
December 2019 Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner April Ravert, ParentLink, University of Missouri College of Education

Misty Phillips’ nomination

April implemented an online developmental tool called the ASQ so folks across the state can screen children to verify they are on track developmentally. She has been a part of this innovative process as it is available online and she tracks data to ensure correct implementation. She engages students from the CARE Resident students to help them learn more about ParentLink and cares about diversity by providing a presentation on Diversity to students in the Adventures program. She is collaborative with individuals at all levels to ensure children receive an equal head start. She has a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and finished 12+ hours of professional development. Her work and project will change the trajectory of so many lives for years to come and that in itself is remarkable.


Established by former Interim Dean Rose Porter, the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award celebrates the dedication, resolve, leadership, and overall excellence of individuals making significant contributions to the MU College of Education. Rose Porter has always been a strong advocate for staff, noting that “they keep the place running.” Jill Williams-Graham (M ED 1990) and her husband Dr. Steven Graham, Sr. Associate Vice-President, UM System, joined Dr. Rose Porter and her husband Dr. Michael Porter, recognizing the immense impacts staff have in the running of the college. 


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