Marshall and Ohio County School System Employees are shortlisted for a major statewide award, both named finalists for the 2021-22 Virginia Service Personnel Award. Westerner of the year.
Jody Miller, Federal Programs Secretary for Ohio County Schools, and Julia “Julie” Clayton, cafeteria principal at Glen Dale Elementary School, are two of 10 finalists for the State Award. The award, along with West Virginia Teacher of the Year, will be announced Sept. 7 at a ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston.
Miller, a 14-year-old Ohio County Schools employee, sees her work in life as “make people smile”.
“I love my work,” Miller said. “I like the people around me. They’re the ones who make me feel good. And there’s the positivity that the Board of Education brings to it. This makes it easy to succeed.
“I like to make people smile and make people happy. I am a much better donor than a receiver.
Miller’s life changed after his daughter Heather was killed in a car crash in 2008, and it got her involved in community efforts.
She is actively involved in the Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) programs at Wheeling Park High School and the Mothers Against Drug Driving (MADD) program in the county.
In recent years, Miller has also helped organize the school district’s annual vacation shoe drive to bring new shoes to young people in need.
Walt Saunders, director of evaluation and federal programs for Ohio County schools, said Miller was the “Backbone of the Department of Federal Programs”.
“It’s great to work with her, and without her experience this office wouldn’t work as well as it does” he said. “Ms. Miller does whatever is needed and more in federal programs, but she also goes above and beyond to work with other departments in central office and throughout the school system. Jody is an exceptional staff member. .
Clayton served Marshall County students for 10 years. She takes pride in listening to the needs of her students and being motivated to share her positive work ethic and team approach with her colleagues.
According to information provided by the District, Clayton always goes above and beyond his job description and has spent many days finding lost servants, dressing for School Lunch Hero Day, cooking and delivering meals to the families and organize parties for his students.
” I am very touched. … I am very, very honored. she said. “I like to feed the children, to see their smiles, to make them satiated. I am just blessed.