“This award exemplifies the work that has been done by Crystal Lake South High School to embrace a culture that is student focused and aimed at opening doors for all beyond the high school setting. No building-wide initiative is accomplished by a single person, but instead by all members of the GATOR community.”
Josh has been instrumental in several school initiatives including establishing a new curriculum night for parents of incoming freshman, initiating “Tailgate Tuesdays” where staff members wear college shirts each Tuesday to increase a college going culture, and increasing FAFSA completion rates to make college affordable for students. He has also strengthened partnerships with the top 15 colleges that students at South typically choose to attend.
Lori Ratliff, South’s humanities division leader, nominated Josh for his leadership, his ability to empower students, and his focus on preparing students for their future beyond high school.
“Josh has been instrumental in all of South’s initiatives, particularly those that focus on student growth and success. It takes a strong leader to unify all of these efforts. For example, Josh is a huge reason why we have nearly tripled our AP enrollment in the last five years (a time of declining enrollment for our school) while maintaining a high pass rate. He works extremely hard for our school and our students,” said Lori Ratliff.