Silent Servant Award Winners – Abdiraqib Hersi

Abdiraqib Hersi of Beaverton HS in Beaverton, OR, or Abdi as he is known, is a true Silent Servant. Abdi has quietly volunteered hundreds of hours throughout his entire high school years building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Abdi’s story, and that of his entire family, is an excellent example of how we can experience the satisfaction of personal fulfillment that comes from serving others, and how Habitat for Humanity changes lives.

Abdi’s family lives in a Habitat for Humanity house. And this is how he and his younger siblings first learned the value of selflessly serving others. As a result, he began to volunteer countless hours of his own time over the years… building homes for others. Abdi is also involved in basketball and plays for a club team. He hopes to attend a Jr. College or Community College where he can continue to play.

About Jim Warford

Jim Warford is the author of, The Chemistry of Culture: Strategies You Can Use to Create a Culture of Learning. For 15 years Jim Warford was Senior Advisor and Keynote Speaker for the International Center for Leadership in Education. Jim is an author, speaker, Leadership and Instructional Coach. He was named in March 2003 as Florida’s first Chancellor of K12 Public Schools. He stepped down in September, 2005 to become Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators, representing over 10,000 Florida school leaders. As a Senior Advisor for the International Center for Leadership in Education, he works with states, districts and schools to provide coaching and executive training and support to school leaders and their staffs. As Florida’s Chancellor, he led the creation and state-wide implementation of Florida’s Continuous Improvement Model, FCIM, which resulted in that state’s dramatic gains in student achievement and an 80% reduction in the number low-performing schools. FCIM remains Florida’s required intervention for all low-performing schools. As Superintendent of the Marion County, Florida Public Schools, he first implemented the Continuous Improvement Model district-wide. As a result, school grades went from three “F”, eight “D” and only one “A” school in 1999 to twenty “A”, 16 “B” and no “F” schools in 2003. Under his leadership the high school dropout rate was cut in half. He taught applied technology courses at the high school level for 17 years and created a Computer Graphics/Video Production program that won many national and state awards. He was named Vanguard High School Teacher of the Year three separate times.
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