October Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner – Tanya Jarvis

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The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the October Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: Tanya Jarvis! Tanya is a Student Support Specialist for Mizzou Academy.

Tanya Jarvis, Student Support Specialist, Mizzou Academy, University of Missouri College of Education

Angie Hammon’s nomination

Tanya works really hard to help students in our organization. She talks with families and students on the phones and through email. She helps them navigate through their courses, find information, troubleshoot issues and coordinate with teachers. She is so helpful and works hard to make sure that students needs are met and that teachers have all the information that they need. She’s always available to help and be available for others. She’s taken on more responsibilities as we’ve had to deal with issues around the pandemic. She immediately stepped up and offered to take on more. She’s always pleasant and works well with everyone.


Tanya Jarvis, Student Support Specialist, Mizzou Academy, University of Missouri College of Education, Screenshot from Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Presentation

Tamara Regan’s nomination

Tanya is always troubleshooting and providing a variety of support to our students and families. From proctoring student’s exams to helping a family find ways to pay for courses to walking a student through course navigation, Tanya is always willing to assist. Her skill set, experience, and adaptability have been a life-saver to me; I depend on her to coordinate many vital processes in support services. Her years of tech and student support have given her a unique perspective; I highly value her opinion and judgement. Tanya has gone above and beyond; she has even maintained her duties while on vacation and/or while ill, understanding the pressures of a small team. Over the years, I have received many accolades from students/guardians in reference to Tanya’s exceptional service.

Tanya Jarvis, Student Support Specialist, Mizzou Academy, University of Missouri College of Education, Screenshot from Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Presentation

Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award, University of Missouri College of Education

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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