District Support Person of the Year

District Support Person of the Year
Posted on 02/07/2020
District Support Person of the Year headshot Davina Perez

The Lee County School District is pleased to announce that Davina Perez is the 2019-2020 School-Related Employee of the Year. Perez is the Student Services Secretary at Lehigh Senior High School. She also serves as the Girls’ Cross Country Coach and Softball Coach.

When students come to Student Services, Perez is the first person they come in contact with. Some are upset, some are angry or facing discipline, and Perez is credited with always knowing what to do. “Davina, being the first person students see, always chooses the right way to interact with each student.” Says Assistant Principal Liam Farrell. “Whether the situation calls for being stern, kind or sensitive; Davina has the emotional intelligence to connect and support each individual human being with whom she interacts with.”

Perez is also described as the kind of employee that goes out of her way to help others. She is currently doing double duty and also working as the Principal’s Secretary. At the end of the school day she volunteers, runs fundraisers, attends student events and coaches. Her work ethic is described as an 11 out of 10. “I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does, as well as here willingness to take on the difficult task of supporting the needs of our department and especially our students,” says Assistant Principal Veronica Young. “If it was not for Davina, I could not get through the daunting task to serve the needs of all my students.”

The School Related Employee of the year represents the thousands of dedicated staff members that work in Lee County Schools every day. They are the counselors, psychologists, social workers, helping teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, cafeteria staff, custodians and more.

The District congratulates all the nominees and finalists for this award, saying it is getting continually harder to name just one School Related Employee of the Year.

Thanks to generous sponsors, the prize package for School Related Employee of the year totals $2,500 and includes:

Fred's Award World

Custom Name Tag

Dunkin' Donuts

$50 Gift Card
Snyderman Shoes $75 Gift Certificate

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

2 tickets to "Black Violin"

Broadway Palm DinnerTheater

Dinner and 2 tickets for "Something Rotten"

Massage Envy

$155 Gift Pack


2 Unlimited Wrist Bands

Suncoast Federal Credit Union Foundation

$500 Visa Gift Card

South Seas Resort

3 Day/2 Night stay

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

10 Free Smoothies