Migrant Recruiter Advocate Magdalena Coy was recognized for her service to Wayne County Schools’ Migrant Program during the Board of Education’s April monthly meeting. In November, she was named the number one recruiter in the state. Due to Covid restrictions, she was only able to be recognized virtually, while working at the center. Normally, she would be attending an annual conference where she would receive the Ann K. Bruce Award as Recruiter of the Year in front of all her colleagues. She was named the number one recruiter for her fierce devotion and cultivating trust in the Kentucky Migrant Education Program. The award was voted on by regional recruiters, staff, and district administrators in Migrant Education across the state.
Wayne County Schools is fortunate to have Magdalena on their team. She worked at Bell Elementary as an instructional assistant and then joined the Migrant program in the 2018-19 school year. She and her husband have three children, a kindergartener, first grader, and sixth grader who attend Wayne County Schools.
Thanks to Magdalena and of course, Migrant Director Brian Ford, Wayne County is considered one of the top stand-alone district because it supports so many migrant families. The local program continues to grow, even though the numbers tend to ebb and flow because migrant families tend to travel from job to job. The participants are constantly changing and the center does its best to be a bridge providing resources to them and often speaking their language and translating for them. A variety of nationalities are represented in the migrant program.
There has been a noticeable influx of migrant families in the last few years, with migrant families feeling safe at the Center. The Center helps them transition into the community and most importantly for the children to get a good education, while parents are eligible for adult education. Many of the parents work at Tyson’s in Clinton Count, or locally at Cobb, or are working on farms.
Just recently, the Center hosted visitors from the state migrant program who were very impressed with the services being provided, as well as the actual facility, and what Wayne County Schools accomplish for the size of the county.
Board Chairman presented Wayne County Migrant Recruiter Advocate Magdalena Coy with a certificate during the April Board of Education meeting recognizing her state award.
Wayne County Migrant Program Director Brian Ford proudly congratulated Magdalena Coy for her award.
State Migrant Program supervisors visited the Center recently and were very impressed with the facility and the program and will be using it as a model for other districts. Those that posed for a photo with local Migrant Education Director Brian Ford and Migrant Recruiter Advocate Magdalena Coy included: KDE Migrant State Director Christina Benassi, KDE Migrant Education Program Consultant Duane Kline, and other members of the state Migrant Education Team.