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Nourish to Flourish: May 2023

Health and Wellness Go Hand in Hand

By Sandra Carr

OCPS’ Nourish to Flourish Wellness Boost encourages employees to live a healthy lifestyle by providing physical and mental health tips. For May, the UCLA RISE Center provides information on the eight dimensions of wellness.

  • Career
  • Emotional
  • Environmental
  • Existential
  • Financial
  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Social

The World Health Organization defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. 

A Wheel of Wellness features the eight dimensions and shows how each one can affect and influence the other in different situations. For example, if you’re excited about moving to a new town (environmental domain), then it can motivate you to make new friends (social domain).  

The Nourish to Flourish Wellness Boost is an OCPS Mental Health Commission incentive that was started by School Board Chair Teresa Jacobs in 2020. The group provides services to support the mental and emotional well-being of staff and students by collaborating with community stakeholders.

Each week during the school year, OCPS employees are randomly selected to receive a $25 wellness-boost gift card. The selected staff members choose how they want to nourish to flourish by using the reward to meet their cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, professional or spiritual needs.

Listed below are the March/April 2023 and May 2023 Nourish to Flourish Wellness Boost winners. View the staff photos in the Around OCPS photo gallery.


May 2023:

Speech Therapist Jane Kelly-Vanneste with ESE Supplemental Services 

Fourth Grade Teacher Siobahn Brady at Hunter's Creek Elementary 

Fifth Grade Teacher Naila Syed at Vista Pointe Elementary 

Social Studies Teacher Jason Greer at Windermere High 


March/April 2023:

Language Arts Teacher Stephanie Strong at Acceleration East High School

Paraprofessional Melissa St. George at Dillard Street Elementary School

Biology Teacher Trevor Young at Dr. Phillips High School

Spanish Teacher Lillian Morales at Lakeview Middle School

Program Coordinator Tianna Cole with the Professional Learning Department

Physical Education Teacher Christopher Shears at Walker Middle School

Third Grade Teacher Edgaryluz Miranda at Windy Ridge K-8 


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