DAFVM Spotlight Employees

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) spotlights two employees each month. All benefits-eligible professional and support staff employees within the Division qualify as part of the pool from which employees will be chosen. Highlighted employees will be randomly selected and given his or her choice of a $50 prize from DAFVM to be claimed from specific vendors at MSU. See Guidelines.
Tesheila Moore Directory Photo

Tesheila Moore
August 2019

MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Pathobiology and Population Medicine

Years in position: 5
Years at MSU: 5

Tesheila Moore may have started her MSU career through a temporary agency, but she quickly realized the College of Veterinary Medicine was a place she wanted to stay.

While her job duties focus on keeping the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine offices and bathrooms clean and the trash cans emptied, she sees her work as part of CVM’s larger educational mission.

“The students often stop me and tell me how much they appreciate the work I do to make everything nice,” Moore said.

Being attentive to the needs of the people around her and the relationships she has formed have made going to work every day a positive experience for Moore.

“People are friendly, and I’ve gotten close to a lot of them, especially the girls in the lab,” she said. “I try to do everything they ask me to do.”

Moore said some of the people who encouraged her the most have now retired or passed away, and she misses them.

While it’s not always easy to clean up after others, Moore is willing to do the job and do it thoroughly.

“People say I’m OCD because I hate seeing things out of place,” she explained. “I think my work speaks for itself. If you walk through my area, I think you will see my attention to detail.”

In her free time, Moore likes to spend time with her family.

“I like to put God first, so I spend time at church, too,” she said.

Clarrisa Doss Directory Photo

Clarissa Doss
August 2019

Preschool teacher
College of Agriculture and
Life Sciences
MSU Child Development Center

Years in Position: 11
Years at MSU: 13

Clarissa Doss is a preschool teacher for 4-year-olds at the Child Development Center on the Mississippi State University campus.

Her main responsibilities include developing lesson plans for her 16 students, making sure all the children are well cared for and supervising MSU students as they fulfill their lab credits working with children.

“I really enjoy helping with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is my responsibility to keep my classroom’s records up to date,” Doss said.

One of her favorite aspects of the job is working with lab students. Doss said she loves to see the children interact with the students, and she loves watching the students grow in this new experience of teaching young children.

“I have had such a good experience at this job with my coworkers. I love working along with the children,” she said. “I chose this career because I have such a passion for children. I love to see their growth and creativity. They learn from each other.”

Doss wants people to understand how fun it is for her to wake up every morning and care for her class.

“The parents are always saying that they don’t know how I do this all day. I am full of joy every day I get to work,” she said.

She said the kids call her their “mom at school,” and that makes her whole day.

Doss added that being patient and understanding are the most important in this career.

“The children come from all the different backgrounds. If you don’t have patience, you will have a hard time enjoying your job,” she said.

Doss has three elementary-school-aged girls of her own. In her free time, she spends every minute with her daughters and her mother. They enjoy shopping and other recreational activities as a family.

  • The drawing for the DAFVM Staff Spotlight recognition will take place the last week of each month and be announced the first working day of the upcoming month.  Names are pulled randomly from a pre-populated Banner list.
  • To be the highlighted staff for any given month, the employee must have acceptable recent performance evaluations on file. Those evaluations will be reviewed prior to acknowledgement of the employee and awarding a prize. The evaluation itself will not be viewed but rather HRM will provide a general recommendation based on the employee’s past reviews.
  • The selected employees will be notified by letter from Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice President, DAFVM.
  • A required photo and a brief  interview of the recipients will be posted on the DAFVM Staff Council Web page www.dafvm.msstate.edu/advisory/spotlight/. This information will also be displayed on the monitors of the first floor of the Bost Building, as well as in other MSU locations and publications.
  • Each recipient can choose one of the following prizes:
    • $50 gift certificate to the University Florist
    • $50 gift certificate to the MAFES Sales Store
    • MSU apparel item ($50 value)

At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.

An employee cannot be chosen more than once during a two (2) year period.