Each year, WAEOP recognizes the accomplishments of office professionals and administrators.
Administrator of the Year
Congratulations to Noreen Thomas, Principal Sage Point Elementary in Moses Lake School District who has been selected as the 2016 WAEOP Administrator of the Year.
Her nominator stated “As the principal of Sage Point Elementary, Noreen prides herself in being the best principal possible and sets a very high standard for herself and her staff. Mrs. Thomas is what I call, “A working principal.” She is out and about working in the classrooms to help and assist with curriculum or help with tips on teaching or behavior issues a teacher might have in their classroom. Not only is Mrs. Thomas a supportive principal for her certificated staff, she is very supportive of her office staff continuing their education and training through WVEOP, WAEOP and NAEOP. Mrs. Thomas has supplied subs for her office staff to attend classes and trainings as well as budgeted money for them to attend.”
A letter of recommendation states “I have had the opportunity to work for many principals in my 20 plus years of teaching, and none has been as exceptional a leader as Mrs. Thomas, A principal must balance many demands from teachers, parents, students, and the school district, and Noreen does an excellent job working with all of these stakeholders…..She serves as an instructional leader, inspiring teachers to give our best possible effort to our students. She is diplomatic and fair in her interactions with parents. Most important, Noreen develops relationships with the students in our building, often taking the time to talk with them and inquire about their lives. Mrs. Thomas represents the viewpoints and concerns of our staff with the district office. She listens to the input of all, and is not afraid to make difficult decisions.”
Office Professional of the Year
Tammy Bengen, CEOE, from Ferndale School District has been selected as the 2016 WAEOP Office Professional of the Year as well as receiving the Excellence in Communication award for the Ferndale Schools newsletter.
Tammy’s nominator stated “Tammy is one of the highest quality professional individuals that I know. This goes without saying at a local, state and national level. Mrs. Bengen sets the bar high for herself and continues to always do so with integrity, virtue, and honestly – setting the bar high for WAEOP and its members, which is one of the reasons I am writing you.”
The nominator also stated “As a professional with a great supportive environment, Tammy is valued greatly for her strengths, leadership, and her willingness to provide professionalism with each step in her path for excellence. I am honored to work with Tammy and to write this letter to let her know that I look forward to continue working and learning from her. If I can ever be half of the professional she is, I will be honored.”
A letter of recommendation states “Tammy is definitely the highest quality office professional I know. She sets standards high for herself and encourages others to find their individual strengths. She is friendly, helpful and resourceful with her colleagues and with the public. As the District’s Public Information Officer, she writes staff newsletters, prepares all press releases and serves as the main liaison between the district and local media. One example is her very strong writing skills, Tammy has created and written the community newsletter over the 23 years with the district and has been recognized by the state WAEOP association for the publication three times.”
WAEOP 2016 Award winners will be recognized at the WAEOP Spring Conference. Spring Conference will be held April 22-23 at the Red Lion Hotel – 510 South Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA.
The Washington Association of Educational Office Professionals (WAEOP) is a state wide organization for educational office professionals. WAEOP provides leadership opportunities, professional development and networking with other educational professionals in the same or similar roles. WAEOP can help office professional’s work towards getting their various Professional Standards Program (PSP) certificates.
For more information:
WAEOP Awards Chair Sariann Meredith, email@example.com, 509.665.2621