Williams Magnet paraprofessional Brandon Evans is the Above and Beyond winner for the month of April. He was nominated by Williams Magnet staff and students for the inspiration he provides each day.
Evans has been a reading para at Williams since January of 2008. He is a graduate of Topeka West High School.
As a paraprofessional, Evans provides support in the classroom and leads daily small group instruction. He works with behavior issues and helps students solve peer conflicts. Williams teacher Jessica Arndt says, "He serves as a positive male role model. He comes up with creative ideas that not only help students achieve, but help staff to accomplish their goals as well." Monika Adame-Blocker is also a teacher at Williams who works with Evans. She says, I have never seen a more dedicated, caring and compassionate person than Brandon. He shows our students that through hard work and determination anything is possible. He doesn't let them quit."
Evans also serves as director of an after-school program at Abbott Community Center. He is a caring individual who makes a monthly food donation in the community. The Topeka Capital-Journal recently published a story about Evans. The story can be found here http://cjonline.com/news/2012-03-31/williams-school-para-moonlights-rap-artist.