Warren Payne Receives Jane Lockhart Service Award

Warren Payne, whose dedication to providing a safe environment for Foxcroft School students, faculty, and staff is matched only by the brightness of the smiles he doles out daily, received the 2018 Jane Lockhart Service Award from Foxcroft Head of School Catherine S. McGehee on Thursday, May 24 at the School’s annual Awards Assembly.
In his 50th year of employment at Foxcroft and his 10th year as its chief of security, Payne becomes the seventh recipient of the Award, which was established by Foxcroft parents and students in appreciation of the dedication, commitment, and passion of Jane Lockhart, a beloved Foxcroft staff member for 50 years (1966-2016). The award, which carries a cash gift with it, honors a staff or faculty member who “exemplifies a personal commitment to and understanding of all of our students.”

“Mr. Payne may be Foxcroft’s best admission advocate of all time,” said McGehee before an enthusiastic audience of students, families, faculty, and friends who filled Engelhard Gymnasium. “Often the first person our visitors meet as they drive through the front gate, this incredible employee has the most genuine smile because he sincerely cares about our students and about Foxcroft. He gets to know each student and her parents, and he remembers their faces and most of their names long after they have graduated. And the stories he can tell about all of you!”

Payne is as diligent as he is welcoming. In her presentation, McGehee quoted Human Resources Coordinator Lynnette Saunders: “He is the epitome of dedication. He would work around the clock if it was needed. We had 40 inches of snow several years ago, and later we found out that Warren worked multiple shifts in a row ,for days because no one else could get here; to him it was his responsibility.”

“I know many parents sleep better knowing that Warren is at the gate,” added McGehee. “I am honored to recognize Warren Payne for his loyal service to Foxcroft.”
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