Support Person of the Year 2011

Support Person of the Year 2011:  Mrs. Debbie Sykes
We are pleased to announce our Support Person of the Year 2011, Mrs. Debbie Sykes.  Since there is no longer a Media Specialist in our building, Mrs. Sykes has played an integral role in keeping the library in shape for children and teachers to still enjoy all the wonderful books and resources it has to offer.  Mrs. Sykes also assists in the main office and is always there to lend a hand to anyone who needs it.  Her passion for helping children and others is evident just in her smile.  We are proud she has chosen Knollwood as her place to share her talents. 
Please read the interview below we had with Mrs. Sykes:

Question: Where and when were you born?

I was born in Plainfield,New Jersey, on April 4.


Q: What is the name of your elementary school?

I went to Sacred Heart School in South Plainfield, New Jersey.


Q: Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was Mr. Sincavage who taught math in middle school.  He made learning fun by playing games.


Q: What do you like most about Knollwood School?

What I like most about Knollwood School is the dedication of all the staff to helping our students grow and learn.


Q: What do you like most about your job? 

What I like most about my job is getting to read new books and I enjoy helping students find books that they will like. 


Q: What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is turquoise blue.


Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music and spend time with my family.  I also like to bake.


Q: What is the best advice you can give young people?

Always do your best, be kind to one another and keep reading.


Q: What is your favorite book?

My favorite books are mysteries and two of my favorite authors are James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark.  When my two children were young, their favorite book was the Dumb Bunnies.


Q:  If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? 

I would like to meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Q: What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is my sister’s spaghetti and meatballs.


Q: What is your favorite vacation?

My favorite vacation is visiting my cousin in Rhode Island and going to the beach.


Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to say? 

I would like to say thank you to my co-workers for choosing me for this award.  I take great pride in being a part of Knollwood School.