Neil Armstrong Elementary Principal Jayme Olson was recently chosen as one of the State of Iowa 'PBIS People of the Year' for her work in 2018-2019 on PBIS at Bettendorf Middle School. Each year the Iowa Department Education collects nominations from PBIS schools across the state based on criteria for implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) a Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework. PBIS/MTSS is an every-education decision-making framework that addresses the “whole child,” and attends to academic and social-emotional-behavioral needs of students.
The Bettendorf Middle School Team submitted the recognition award and she was chosen out of several applicants. "It is without hesitation that the Bettendorf Middle School PBIS team would like to nominate Ms. Jayme Olson for the PBIS person of the year. During the 2018-2019 school year, Jayme served as Bettendorf Middle School’s associate principal and served as our administrator for our PBIS team. Without a doubt, Jayme was the key to our team’s success. Jayme saw that we had systematic behavior problems in our building. During the 2017-2018 school year she researched various different behavior frameworks before determining that PBIS was, in fact, the right framework for our school of over 1,100 students. Then, throughout the following school year she guided our team with relentless effort. It was through Jayme’s leadership that we were able to establish a team of seventeen that were willing to volunteer their time. Ms. Olson put in countless hours to help our team develop the PBIS framework. She also played a critical role in our staff development focused on PBIS. Throughout the year, she was our constant cheerleader as we encountered PBIS successes and trials. Her hard work, dedication, and support is greatly missed during the 2019-2020 school year as she is now the principal at a different building in our district."