Employee of the year

Dawn Green, a secretary in the central office purchasing department, was honored as the County Service Employee of the Year. Pictured, Green stands with Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers after winning the award.

PRINCETON — Mercer County Schools held the 2014-2015 Service Personnel of the Year dinner Tuesday evening at the Princeton Church of God, honoring more than 30 county employees and naming the service employee of the year.

“We are here to honor those who give more than most for the children of Mercer County,” said Mercer County Board of Education President Greg Prudich.

Several employees took home a Service Personnel of the Year award. Dawn Green, a secretary in the central office purchasing department, was honored as the County Service Employee of the Year. Green has worked in the central office for eight years.

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers presented the award and said despite the different jobs held by the county’s service personnel, they all had similar traits including an impressive work ethic, pride in their work, the ability to work well with others and love and respect for children.

Akers said Green is timely and accurate with her work, offers help to other employees and works in a job where there are, “no breaks in the action.”

When asked about winning the award, Green said, “I’m overwhelmed. I truly work with wonderful people. We’re doing this is for the kids and to give God the glory.”

Last year’s County Service Employee of the Year was Gail Shrewsbury, who also won the State Service Employee of the Year award. Green will also have the chance to obtain that title this year.

Tom Chaffins, coordinator II of the Department of Pupil Services, served as master of ceremonies and announced the winners for Service Personnel of the Year.

This year’s winners were: Kevin Browning, custodian at Athens Elementary; Sharon Harmon, financial secretary at Bluefield High School; Lisa Davis, head cook at Bluefield Intermediate School; Alice Matthews, secretary at Bluefield Middle School; Connie Surface, kindergarten aide at Bluewell Elementary School; Latonya Akers, kindergarten aide at Brushfork Elementary School; Bertha Stanley, head cook at Ceres Elementary; Leslie Masri, financial secretary at Glenwood School; Teresa “Kay” Midkiff, kindergarten aide at Lashmeet/Matoaka School; Greg Mullins, head custodian at Melrose Elementary School; Holly Saunders, kindergarten aide at Memorial Elementary School; Karen Woolridge, instructional aide at the Mercer County Early Learning Center in Bluefield; Orna DiMaggio, instructional aide at the Mercer County Early Learning Center in Princeton; Stephanie Terry, financial secretary at the Mercer County Technical Education Center; George Browning, custodian at Mercer Elementary School; Lisa Lacy, secretary at Montcalm Elementary School; Karen Alvis, secretary at Montcalm High School; Sherry Hill, secretary at Oakvale Elementary School; Kim Foley, secretary at PikeView High School; Angelia Brown, custodian at PikeView Middle School; Betty Powell, secretary at Princeton Senior High School; Byron Etter, custodian at Princeton Middle School; Ron Barlow, custodian at Princeton Primary School; Patty Hartwell, cook at Spanishburg Elementary; Cathy Tylutki, head cook at Straley Elementary School; Terri Tilley, kindergarten aide at Sun Valley Elementary School; Barbara Folden, kindergarten aide at Whitehorn Elementary School; Dawn Green, secretary at the Mercer County Schools central office; Douglas Bowling, carpenter in the maintenance department; Chad Tiller, HVAC electrician in the maintenance department; Kenneth “K.D.” Hill bus operator in the transportation department; Charles “Waylon” Carter, bus operator in the transportation department; and William “Willie” Nelson, chief mechanic in the transportation department.

Members of the board also expressed their thanks to sponsors of the dinner, American Electric Power, Bluefield Office Products, DK Enterprises LTD, Douglas Equipment, E.T. Boggess Architect, Inc., Hearthside Books, Main Street Builders, Michael J. Romeo-Nationawide Insurance, Ramey Ford, Spartan Sporting Goods, Inc., Stafford Consultants, Inc., State Equipment, Swope Construction Co. and Western Branch Diesel, Inc.

Kathy’s Kustom Katering provided food for the event and the Princeton Senior High School Jazz Ensemble and New Direction Vocal Jazz Group performed before the ceremony began.

— Contact Jackie Puglisi at jpuglisi@ptonline.net

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