The steel gray eyes of the wolf looked as if they could see right through you. The pair of owls were so lifelike that you want to reach out and touch them. The bulldog was the top-selling piece of artwork at the Copperas Cove Education Foundation’s annual gala.
All of these drawings were the work of Wilford Elmore, a paraprofessional in the Copperas Cove Independent School District. He consistently goes above and beyond for others and demonstrates kindness daily, said Clements/Parsons Elementary School Principal Jimmy Shuck.
“He plays an integral role in the lives of our students, parents, and staff at Clements Parsons,” Shuck said. “He excels in his daily interactions with students and staff, whether it is completing his own tasks or being the first to volunteer to undertake an additional assignment.”
Elmore dedicates his personal time after school to host an art club for students interested in learning more about art. Students must maintain good grades in order to participate in the club.
In 2016, more than 400 students from throughout the Fort Hood area entered an art contest for a recycling campaign. Of the 400 entries, only 12 were selected to be displayed in an area calendar; 10 of the 12 were students of Elmore.
“His willingness to go above and beyond is demonstrated daily through his highly engaging lessons, clubs and commitment to our school,” Shuck said. “Mr. Elmore is a positive role model for all at Clements/Parsons.”
Elmore also hosts a ukulele club after school. He teaches students how to play the ukulele and read music. The club performs at various school events and in the community.
Elmore created a drawing of a bulldog for CCISD that is now used for the Bulldawg Bravo Campaign that recognizes the customer service efforts of staff members. The drawing is also used on the CCISD birthday cards.
Elmore won the Best of Show award for the drawing from the Texas Schools Public Relations Association.
Additionally, Elmore donates drawings every year for the silent auction of the Copperas Cove Education Foundation’s Boots and Buckles annual gala. The money raised is awarded to fellow staff members for innovative teaching methods.
“Mr. Elmore demonstrates a high standard of professionalism, character, and positive demeanor that impacts all students and staff on a daily basis,” Shuck said.
Elmore was chosen as the 2017 Clements/Parsons Elementary Paraprofessional of the Year.