Today we recognize an employee in our school system who is described by her principal as “the beacon of consistency and professionalism in providing a superior level of office management while serving in the Secretary II position.” Dawn Smith, Solley Elementary School, exemplifies the positive and caring school environment that is obvious for all visitors who enter the building.
The most amazing thing about Mrs. Smith is her knowledge of everything involved in the operation of a school. This includes everything related to county policy, school security and available resources. Whether it’s a payroll question or the steps involved in student registration, one can be certain that Dawn will be able to resolve the issue. If not, she knows who to contact at central office to find the answer. Staff members, as well as her principal, rely heavily on her expertise in solving the myriad of needs at a large elementary school of nearly 700 students.
The operation of a school the size of Solley requires expertise and patience in handling a multitude of tasks. Mrs. Smith is exemplary in seeing the “big picture” of prioritizing the needs at any given time. She is proactive in reminding her principal to complete important tasks such as reports due to central office and updating school security protocol. Her organization and dedication is outstanding. Mrs. Smith is astute in all facets of her job and has shared her expertise and dedication with other secretaries whom she has trained over the years. She has touched many lives and impacted the careers of many of her coworkers.
Dawn Smith is adept at handling situations, such as upset parents, in a polite but firm manner. She is able to defuse a volatile situation and provide a listening forum for people that need to be heard. Mrs. Smith is usually able to resolve an issue in a kind and professional manner.
She is often sought out by staff and students in need of encouragement and always has a smile to share. Additionally, Dawn is part of the hospitality committee and helps organize events such as breakfasts, wedding or baby showers, and is the first to offer condolences and assistance when a tragedy strikes. Dawn is the school’s most intimate link to the Solley community. She is an outstanding employee, a pillar of the community and the heart and soul of her school.
Dawn Smith: It is with humility and reverence that the principal, the school counselor, and the entire staff at Solley nominated you for this recognition. You were nominated for your amazing ability to multitask, your excellent job performance, and for going above and beyond to help those in need. It is with great pleasure that the Board of Education recognizes you as Employee of the Month for October 2014. Congratulations!