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Living Our DPS Honoree: Jeff Harper

Dec. 9, 2021

Students First

Restorative Practice Coordinator, Samuels Elementary

“Jeff is always one to help out and lend a hand. Recently I saw him fixing a bike tire for one of our students. Jeff has also created a group to help and mentor struggling boys. He is always there to talk to the students no matter what the problems. He handles any and all issues with fairness and equality, and talks to students about accountability. Jeff has always put Students First as long as I have known him. He has been known to give up his lunch, or stay late to help a kid out. He keeps his promises to the students no matter what.

Jeff works with other staff members to ensure that they are up-to-date on all that is happening with students so they can better help them. Students feel they can go to Jeff with anything because they are comfortable with him. No matter their background, race, religion, creed, or orientation, every student connects with Jeff.
Jeff has helped out in every department of this school by gathering trash, administering first aid, painting, helping out in the lunchroom, pushing kids on a swing, filling in as a sub when needed, fixing computers, putting together carts, volunteering for after school events, the list is endless. Jeff Harper is not only an asset to Samuels, he is an asset to all of DPS.”
— Misty Hazard, Samuels