Invaluable. Dedicated. Special. These are just a few terms that Poli Harrell’s colleagues use to describe her role at Della Icenhower Intermediate School.
As the school Registrar, Harrell has the crucial responsibility of designing and implementing the master schedule for the campus. She also tackles the task of assisting staff and parents with the online student information system.
Harrell’s tremendous work ethic makes her an asset to the students and staff at Icenhower, but there is much more to her role on campus than what is outlined in her job description. Harrell exemplifies what it means to be a team player by demonstrating an enthusiastic willingness to lend a hand.
Whether she is assisting with the Open House Art Show, stepping in to cover lunch duty or volunteering to assist with extra projects, Harrell finds a way to fulfill any need that comes her way.
“She doesn’t do what she does based on her job description,” said Principal Duane Thurston. “It’s never about what is written on paper, it’s about what needs to be done and how she can help other kids.”
When Principal Thurston approached Harrell with the idea to sponsor the after school Hockey Club, she was quick to volunteer her time.
“I’m from Brazil, and I didn’t even know what hockey was,” said Harrell. “They don’t even show it on TV!”
Even though she was unfamiliar with the sport, Harrell knew it would be a great opportunity to teach students about sportsmanship and teamwork, so she didn’t hesitate to step up to the puck.
Harrell considers the staff at Icenhower a family, and she demonstrates her loyalty through her commitment to helping those around her.
“We are very united,” said Harrell. “It makes our lives flow better because we help each other here. It’s a very good feeling working here.”
On behalf of the Mansfield ISD Administration, congratulations to Poli Harrell, the March 2012 Heartbeat Team Award Winner!
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About the Heartbeat Team
The Mansfield ISD Heartbeat Team was established to recognize employees who display heart in their lives and inspire other district employees through their actions. Heartbeat Team members are nominated only by other district employees. Winners are selected during the school year from those nominated. Those named to the Heartbeat Team are still eligible for other district honors.