This week, WJCC Schools is celebrating the amazing employees who support student success and make our schools and offices great places to learn and work. Meet Susan Gardner, the Senior Administrative Assistant for Operations and a WJCC Schools employee for 17 years.
Describe a day in the life of a senior administrative assistant in Operations…
Despite the fact that I have routine monthly tasks the beauty (and horror) of working in Operations is that no two days are the same. When the phone rings you have to be prepared to deal anything, literally- water leaks, sinkholes, electricity outages, logistics of closing school due to weather issues, helping parents understand the school lunch program, explaining to the community how to use a school building, helping staff with questions about their pay or leave, helping other senior admins with Novatime issues.
What is your proudest moment at WJCC Schools?
I was born and raised here. Attended WJCC for all of my schooling. Raised my 2 daughters here and they also attended WJCC schools. My proudest moment was when my oldest daughter decided to move back to the area and come teach at WJCC after being in Fairfax County for 7 years. (Fun fact: My family calls WJCC the “family business.”) My mom retired from WJCC after 40+ years, my brother has worked in maintenance for 30 years, my sister is a supervisor in transportation and has been here for 14 years. This year my oldest daughter started teaching 3rdgrade at Stonehouse, my niece has been a 1st grade teacher at Stonehouse for 2 years and my nephew was recently hired by the maintenance department.
What is your favorite thing about working in WJCC Schools?
How interesting my job is and how many things our staff impacts during the day.
A great day at work is when…
The phone doesn’t ring!
Three words to describe my job are:
Interesting, hectic, fulfilling
Why is your role important to the school division?
I have a great memory and I save so much correspondence. Over the years this has been crucial as administrators change and invariably want to know the history of how or why something happened.
What would surprise people about your job?
I think people would be surprised at the number of wildly varied things I’ve done in my role. I’ve served on several division-wide project committees, been involved with the capital improvement process for many years, I spend a lot of time coordinating needs of schools and try to help find funds for those items within our budget.
If you could do a different job in the school division for a week, what would you choose?
I’d like to be an elementary teacher. I absolutely love children and seeing their mind work. (Can we change that to a couple of days instead of a week? LOL)