McKINNEY (March 24, 2015) — Christy Johnson is too down to earth to seek out accolades for the work she does as the school nurse at McClure Elementary. But, her outstanding service at that campus has garnered recognition anyway. Johnson has been named the 2015 Region 10 School Nurse of the Year by the Texas School Nurses Organization.
When MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel officially shared the news with the McClure staff on Wednesday afternoon, his words were lost in the uproar of cheers and applause that followed—an outpouring of appreciation for a colleague whose impact is often felt beyond the door of the school clinic.
“You have a lot of great employees at this school,” McDaniel told the staff. “[Principal Melanie] Raleeh has always worked to build a culture in which everybody is pulling in the same direction. So, it doesn’t matter if you work at the front desk, in an office or where you work on this campus, everybody is pulling in the same direction. I’m here to tell you that you have a nurse who exemplifies that very trait, and she has been selected as the Region 10 School Nurse of the Year.”
MISD Director of Health Services Julie Blankenship said Johnson’s influence on the health of the students at McClure is proactive and extends throughout the school. “Her health and wellness program development in the clinic or the classroom never ceases to amaze me!” Blankenship said. “She is an outstanding nurse.”
Johnson is a 21-year veteran of the nursing profession who joined the McClure staff when the campus opened in 2010. For Johnson, the Region 10 recognition is an unexpected, but gratifying milestone in a journey that began at a very young age.
“I was shocked when I got the call because I just come to work and do what I do,” Johnson said. “At the age of nine, I knew in my heart that I had been called to be a nurse and to make a difference in the lives of others. Being a nurse is so much more than a job to me. Nursing is my passion. I love coming to school every day looking for a chance to help serve and care for the students, staff, parents and volunteers.”
The opportunities to provide that care have ranged from routine to dramatic. Johnson was the first responder when a teacher passed out at school and, sadly, was later diagnosed with a brain tumor. She helped care for a student diagnosed with a rare cancer, and she monitors a staff member undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Now, Johnson will be considered for recognition in the Texas School Nurse of the Year state competition, the winner of which will be announced in the fall.
For Johnson, the recognition is a sweet addition to a job that is already rewarding. “I am truly humbled and honored to be selected as the McKinney ISD and Region 10 School Nurse of the Year,” said Johnson. “To be recognized for something I love to do is beyond my expectations.”
For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About McKinney ISD
One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.