Elizabeth Odom


Pea Ridge Elementary



A key member of a team is the member that is missed tremendously when they are absent.  Our School Related Employee of the Year is a key member of our school.  She is the type of employee who makes our school a better place for faculty, staff, parents, and students.  There are many tasks that she assumes above her required duties.  Our school climate is impacted by her talent of making superb displays in the media center display window.  Watching children look in awe at the details of her work shows that her creativity sparks their interest to draw them into the media center.  At the beginning of the school year, our SREY attended training for the Tyner Intervention Program to learn procedures for working with Kindergarten intervention groups which supports our district Early Intervention Program.  Her intervention group is excelling as she makes learning fun with her captivating personality. During a time when budgets are stretched, she participates in an afterhours fund raiser activity throughout the school year to earn money our non-instructional team.  Our parents enjoy her friendly attitude and interpersonal skills as she assists every morning and afternoon during the busy phase of the day to prevent parents from waiting as they care for their children before beginning their workday.  When our Title I purchase of twenty plus document cameras arrived, our SREY changed her work schedule to expedite processing of the equipment so teachers could begin using new technology as soon as possible.  She always thinks of others before she thinks of herself.  Our selected representative readily offers to assist in many other tasks such as backing up our data entry, backing up our bookkeeper, working in the media center with children, monitoring the cafeteria, assisting with school events, and assisting with after hour school activities.   Our SREY is self-motivated and self-directed.  She is a special star shining for our faculty, staff, parents, and students.  We eagerly share this evening with her as we proudly introduce her to members of our district as our School Related Employee of the Year.