From Left to Right: Hon. Roxanne Song Ong – recognized for her dedication and service as COJET Chair since 2002, Cheryn Brewer, Linda Yarbrough and Hon. Rick Williams (not in photo) - Mohave County, Justice Ann Scott Timmer - COJET Chair, Kip Anderson - JSEC Chair, Jeff Schrade - AOC Education Services Division Director
2013 COJET Excellence in Education Award Winners (for calendar year 2012)
In an effort to recognize outstanding trainers and curriculum developers for Arizona's judicial employees, the Committee on Judicial education and Training (COJET) sponsors the "COJET Excellence in Education program” to honor faculty and curriculum developers who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to excellence in promoting judicial staff continuing education in Arizona.
Court Staff Training:
Congratulations to the three Mohave County COJET Excellence in Education award winners – Linda Yarbrough, Cheryn Brewer and Hon. Rick Williams who were chosen by the Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET), and the Judicial Staff Education Committee (JSEC) for their exceptional delivery of training during calendar year 2012.
Awards were presented by Justice Ann Scott Timmer, COJET Chair and Kip Anderson JSEC Chair at an awards luncheon held at the recent 2013 Training Coordinator Conference. On behalf of the members of COJET, the JSEC and judicial employees statewide, we congratulate these individuals on their commitment to supporting continuing education within the Arizona Court System.
Linda Yarbrough and Cheryn Brewer were nominated for teaching “Strategies for Improving Employee Engagement”. Their dedication to employee well-being goes well beyond their positions in the Mohave County Superior Court, Human Resources Department. It is evidenced through this class, which truly gave employees a voice. Linda and Cheryn utilized handouts, a powerpoint presentation, and actively involved the entire class in discussion and participation by use of "voting buttons". In the words of the esteemed Presiding Judge, the Honorable Charles W. Gurtler, Jr., "This has been the single best COJET class I have attended over the life of my attendance at our annual Probation/COJET Conference." You can't get a better endorsement than that!
Honorable Rick Williams, was nominated for teaching “Essential Workplace Practices”. Judge Williams went above and beyond in his class preparation by creating a 15 minute video on his own time and including many topics essential to good workplace practices, such as managing stress, dealing with difficult people, conflict, problem solving, job burnout, team building, communication and leadership. In the video, probation staff showed how wrong things can go when people are not practicing habits that are essential to the workplace. Then he asked questions of the audience to engage them further in discussion about the subjects that followed and how to better handle such situations. Judge Williams is well respected by those who know him because of his integrity, humor and approachability. He considers himself "one of us", a regular guy, and he truly cares about people.