October 30, 2017
Roy Garcia, CFISD associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, hugs Emily Zavala, Walker Elementary School paraprofessional, after she and Principal Kim Dameron were presented with a Superintendent’s Coin on Oct. 24 after helping save colleague Teri Goins, a teacher at Walker, after she didn’t report to work Sept. 12 and was found unconscious at home
Oct. 30, 2017—With much of her Walker Elementary School staff in the library waiting a morning training session, an announcement over the campus intercom called for Principal Kim Dameron to rush over.
She quickly walked over, only to be caught off guard when teachers and staff members stood accompanied by Dr. Carla Brosnahan, assistant superintendent of elementary administration, and Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development.
Roy Garcia (left), CFISD associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, Dr. Carla Brosnahan (right), assistant superintendent of elementary administration, joins Teri Goins (second from left), a Walker Elementary School teacher, Principal Kim Dameron and paraprofessional Emily Zavala after Dameron and Zavala were presented with superintendent’s coins Oct. 24. Dameron and Zavala helped save Goins after she didn’t report to work Sept. 12 and was found unconscious at home.
That’s when Dameron and campus paraprofessional Emily Zavala were each presented with a Superintendent’s Challenge Coin. The two helped save the life of Walker Elementary School teacher Teri Goins, who didn’t report to work Sept. 12 and was unconscious in bed and beyond a state of diabetic shock when Dameron and Zavala found her.
Dameron and Zavala were in contact with Goins’ family and were able to find medical glucose, bring Goins out of unconsciousness and offer comfort until an ambulance arrived.
“I remember how soothing Kim and Emily were to me, how they were both sitting on the bed with me, they were rubbing my head and holding my hand,” Goins said. “They stayed with me until they knew I was alright and that my mom was going to stay with me.”
Garcia described the coin during the ceremony – “Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award” is inscribed on an outside ring, circling the coin’s meaning. It states: “This challenge coin is presented for extraordinary contributions to the students and state of our district.”
Teri Goins, Walker Elementary School teacher, hugs Principal Kim Dameron while Emily Zavala, Walker paraprofessional, looks on. Dameron and Zavala were presented with superintendent’s coins Oct. 24 after helping save Goins when she didn’t report to work Sept. 12 and was found unconscious at home.
Said Dameron on how she felt while Garcia spoke: “A principal’s job is to lead with heart. Heart for not only the students but the staff also. Something was not right and I was not just going to sit around to wait. I did what any principal in this district would do. I was proud to stand by Emily and so happy that she was recognized.”
There were tears in the library, not only as Goins, Dameron and Zavala relived the day, but also from a number of staff who didn’t know what happened to their colleague. They shared hugs and took plenty of photos before restarting their training session.
“The coin was extremely special and I am truly thankful for the recognition,” Dameron said. “Taking care of people is what we do best. My students and staff are always a priority.”
Said Goins: “My Walker family means the world to me. If everyone at Walker wasn’t close like we all are, Kim and Emily wouldn’t have been able to come help me. Kim knew she could depend on everyone else to manage things while she was gone and my pre-kindergarten team took over and covered for both Emily and I. This says so much about the people that are here at Walker.”