Jorge Miranda’s work takes place behind-the-scenes. As district network administrator, Jorge keeps things running so smoothly, you might not even know he’s there. For his hard work and dedication to Dalton Public Schools, Jorge was named the 2022 Dale Cook Support Educator of the Year.
The award was created by the family of former Dalton educator Dale Cook and the Dalton Education Foundation in 2020 as a way to recognize those support staff members who have made significant contributions for the educational opportunities of children in Dalton Public Schools. This award recognizes staff members who operate in behind-the-scenes roles that help the district run smoothly. A support staff member is defined as a non-certificated, non-classroom position at either the school or district level.
One of Miranda’s nominators said that he has embodied the best of Dalton Public Schools during his many years of service to the district.
“His dedication to doing a great job is unsurpassed,” the nominator said. “He is always willing to go above and beyond what is asked, or even expected. I have been able to call on him at any time I needed and he has always been willing to stop what he is doing, or set a time to meet with me. His work and skills are exemplary. DPS could not ask for anyone better!”
Miranda’s supervisor, Stuart Davis, said that his achievements go above and beyond his job description.
“Jorge is so much more than just good at his job,” Davis said. “He cares. He cares not just about the Wi-Fi, and yes, he definitely cares about the Wi-Fi, but he also genuinely cares about everyone he interacts with. If he knows someone has a sick family member, he always asks, if he knows someone needs help moving something heavy, he always offers, nothing is too big or too small. Jorge Miranda is exactly the kind of person we all deserve to have representing Dalton Public Schools as the Dale Cook Support Educator of the Year.”
For his long-time commitment to keeping the district’s technology running smoothly, Miranda earned this year’s Dale Cook award. As the winner, he received a check for $500 and a commemorative plaque.
Dale Cook was the media specialist at Dalton High School for 23 years. Dale's son, David, is a Dalton High School graduate, lives in Dalton, and serves as a Trustee of the Dalton Education Foundation. Her grandchildren are all students in the Dalton Public Schools. She is fondly remembered as an avid supporter for Dalton High and the school district.
Nominees were judged based on their interactions with co-workers, their impact on the district, their work ethic and overall attitude. Holbrook was nominated for this award by four separate individuals, a feat that has never occurred for any other award winner in Dalton Public Schools history.