You retired last week after working more than 34 years for the Muscogee County School District, including the past 15 years as executive assistant to the superintendent. What has brought you the most joy in that job?
It has been a joy helping people at all levels but a special joy to help each superintendent in day-to-day tasks. It is very rewarding to have a small part in helping the public, coworkers and the four superintendents: Mr. Guy Sims, Dr. Robert Bushong as interim, Dr. John A. Phillips Jr., Dr. Susan Andrews and Dr. Phillips again as interim.
What has brought you the most disappointment while being the superintendent's assistant?
Seeing good leaders get hurt while working so hard to do what they feel is the right thing to do.
What is the most significant life lesson you've learned while being the superintendent's assistant?
Some significant life lessons I have learned are respect, trust, loyalty and accountability. It is so important to respect and support each other, especially those in authority, even when we do not always agree. We can learn so much by simply respecting each other's opinions and experiences and valuing each other. I have also tried to be very loyal and accountable to each person I have worked for through the years.
What are your retirement plans?
I plan to enjoy more time with my family. My husband and my grandchildren are very excited about my retirement. I also want to get more involved in church activities. Work has been a very important part of my life, and I will miss it, but I am looking forward to all the good times ahead. I feel so very blessed, and I am very, very thankful for my years at the Muscogee County School District.
What is the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
The numberless servant hearts who work so faithfully and diligently to make life better for children and adults. Many do their jobs and do them well, but there is something so obvious when they do it with a servant heart. We have many, many hard-working servant hearts working for the Muscogee County School District. I know this is true for other great organizations in our community. We are a very blessed community.