Several Dayton Public Schools employees received some well-deserved recognition Monday. The school district hosted an employee appreciation banquet, where four staff members were honored with Outstanding Employee of the Year awards.
Coworkers, families and community members nominated 30 different candidates for the honor, all praised for going above the call of duty. Of the nominations, a panel of DPS staff chose the final four winners.
The winners were:
- Overall Employee of the Year: Shawna Welch, Wright Brothers Middle School Principal
- Outstanding Achievement and Performance: Robin Rollins, Westwood Elementary 1st Grade Teacher
- Outstanding Customer Service and Personal Interaction: Shirley Garrett, Valerie Elementary School Secretary
- Outstanding Education Support/Initiative and Creativity: Gary Hites, Carpenter Journeyman
2 NEWS caught up with Ms. Garrett in the Valerie Elementary front office Monday morning. She explained she loves being the first person many visitors see at the tight-knit community school.
“Valerie is a family. I think that’s the feeling we try to portray, but I think that’s because that is what it is,” Garrett said.
Ms. Rollins also spoke to 2 NEWS from her first grade classroom at Westwood Elementary. She said she has enjoyed teaching for the past 25 years in the district.
“My passion is education and it’s teaching and that’s what I do and I love it,” Rollins said.
Although they’re clear they’re not in their professions for any glory, the award winners said it was nice to feel appreciated.
Rollins said, “When you get noticed for your hard work, that’s a good feeling.”