Kim Connell, Communications Director for the Hollister R-V Schools has been named the Missouri School Public Relations Association’s 2020 New Professional of the Year. Ms. Connell was to receive the award at the Annual MASA/MOSPRA Spring Conference, but due to that event’s cancellation, she received her award at the June Hollister R-V Board of Education meeting.
The primary criteria for the Professional of the Year Award are that the recipient is in their first 18 months in the field of public relations and has exhibited a creative, dedicated, and professional approach to school communications.
MOSPRA President, Kelly Wachel, APR, stated, “MOSPRA is proud to recognize Kim Connell as our New Professional of the Year. In her short time as Hollister’s communication director, Kim has thrown herself into her job. She is constantly seeking best practices for school communications, and she is clearly an asset to her district.”
Brian Wilson, Hollister R-V Superintendent, likened Connell to an artist, stating, “The efforts of Mrs. Connell have been transformational in turning words into pictures that our community proudly treasures. This climate and culture has developed our community into a place where everyone believes that Hollister is a great place to raise your children. This painted ‘Picasso’ was created by the tireless brushstrokes of Mrs. Connell.”
Letters of nomination noted Connell’s adept use of social media to enhance the district’s image; her ability to be a great storyteller for the schools; and her passion for spotlighting students and staff.
Hollister Assistant Superintendent, Sean Woods, shared, “Kim has an uncanny approachability. Her attention to detail, coupled with her ability to plan and organize for the distant future, make her an invaluable member of our team.”
MOSPRA is pleased to recognize Ms. Connell for her excellence as a new professional in the field of school communications.