(News Release as appeared on WVVA.com)
PRINCETON, WV - (News Release) Mercer County Schools' is elated to announce that Ms. A. Gail Shrewsbury, Instructional Aide at Spanishburg Elementary School, was recently named the 2014 Service Personnel Employee of the Year. She will be recognized at the September meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education. She is now entering her 15th year at Spanishburg Elementary, and she has been an employee of Mercer County Schools for 33 years. In 2002, she earned her Paraprofessional Certification.
Shrewsbury's principal, Ms. Melissa Boothe, says, “Gail is skillful, and she is dedicated to her job. She has never been able to beat her to school. She does not stop. Throughout the day Gail is a multi-tasker who, at any time, can be seen helping with unpacking backpacks, unlocking lockers, tugging stuck coat zippers, supervising bathrooms, monitoring hallways, organizing fundraisers, and making the school more attractive, healthier and safer.”
This past year, Gail's compassion and vision for children led her to start a Buddy Table during lunch. Students who follow the rules of the cafeteria are invited to sit at a specially decorated table with the buddy of their choice. The table has fresh flowers and special treats – snacks or small toys which Gail purchases from her earnings. The principal observes that children want to sit at the Buddy Table. As a result, cafeteria behavior has improved dramatically.