Tuck wins January YMAD


Photographer Michelle McElroy captures a picture of the January YMAD winner Jonas Tuck.

Born in Henderson, Kentucky and raised in Evansville, Indiana, paraprofessional aid Jonas Tuck always knew he wanted to work in the education field. After working in the corporate office for a while, Tuck decided it was time for a change.  He graduated from IUPUI, and also from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona.  Tuck says after a year of soul searching, he eventually gravitated towards education, and that’s how he ended up here at Ben Davis in July of 2013.

During the day Tuck mostly works one on one with senior Jonathan Raymond. He accompanies him to many of his classes, take notes and help scribe or write down his thoughts/answers on various coursework. In addition to my work with Jonathan, he assists with the Life Skills classes for at least two periods each day, one of which includes P.E. This gives him a chance to work, play and be creative with many of the Life Skills students, which is awesome because they always have a lot of fun together.

Tuck really enjoys working and interacting with the kids here on a daily basis. Tuck is constantly amazed by the things he learns from them every day. Tuck explains why he is truly appreciative of his job.

“My interactions with the students continually give me hope for the future. It is also very rewarding when it feels as if I have made a positive impact in their lives,” Tuck said.

Tuck explains his reaction to winning the You Make A Difference Award.

“I would have to say my initials thoughts/feelings were shock and awe. I definitely feel there are other staff members at Ben Davis who are a lot more deserving of this award than I am. Nonetheless, I really appreciate the sentiment. I look forward to proving myself worthy of the honor each and every day,” Tuck said.