School district: Manchester Local Schools
Residence: New Franklin
Job title: Administrative assistant to the superintendent
How long at your district: I have been with the district for more than 20 years now.
Family: Bob (husband of 37 years). Two children: son, Tyler, and daughter, Jessica. All three are graduates from Manchester High School.
What is the most rewarding part of your position? The most rewarding part of my position or any position I have held in the district is to think you may be making a difference in a student’s life. It is the best feeling in the world to have a past student thank you for supporting them. It may have seemed like such a small thing at the time, but they remember it because it was important to them.
What is the most challenging? I have found the most challenging part of this position is not being around the children as much as I would like. I started my employment at the elementary level and later was employed at the high school. I truly miss working directly with the students on a daily basis.
If you weren’t doing this, you’d be? It’s hard to imagine having a job not working with kids. If I didn’t have this position, I would still want to do some kind of work involving children.
Tell us something about the students you deal with most people don’t know or appreciate: It is a continuing process to keep our Emergency Operations Manuals updated with the most current information. The safety of our students is our number one priority.
How do you unwind after a long day at work? I enjoy spending time with my family and especially my grandchildren. In the summer months I can’t wait to get outside to do yard work or spend time at the lake with my friends.
The students and coworkers would be surprised to know that you ... love the outdoors! I love the summer months for swimming and boating and the winter months for snowmobiling and extreme tobogganing.
What is the one responsibility about your position you didn’t know existed before taking it? I never realized how much of my day would be focused on the safety and security for the buildings, staff and children.