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The 2004 School-Related Employees of the Year have been selected. They will celebrate the honor at a dinner at the end of the month. At that time the Citrus County School-Related Employee of the Year will be announced. He or she will then be eligible to compete for the title of Crown Region School-Related Employee of the Year.

These are the 2004 School-Related Employees of the Year along with their locations, duties and comments on what they look forward to at school each day when they wake up.

Pherdoris Franklin, 49, is the senior accountant in business services, payroll department. She processes payroll checks and is backup for the payroll specialist. She has been with the district for 13 years and in her present position for 10. She says she looks forward to each beautiful day. "A cloudy or rainy day can be beautiful if I see smiling faces," she said.

Barbara Lewis is the school secretary at Citrus High School. She runs the front office, helps with athletic programs and works with students, parents, administrators and volunteers. She has been with the district and at CHS for nearly 26 years. She says, "I always wonder what the new day will bring. We have many adventures during the day. I look forward to seeing students. They are a good group to be around. I like to get to know the students and to meet new ones. I look forward to them coming in the office to say hello and some give hugs. Makes it all worthwhile. I also like to meet and talk to the parents. I look forward to being around the people I work with. I have a good group of co-workers."

Ellen Marie Dixon, 45, is a second-grade teacher's assistant at Citrus Springs Elementary School. She has been with the district and at the school for six years. Her duties include assisting the teacher and running the volunteer/mentor program. She says she enjoys spending time with her family.

Irene Vogel, 37, is an office clerk at Citrus Springs Middle School. She has been with the district and the school for almost four years. Her duties include handling the front office telephones and dealing with textbooks, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and ordering. She looks forward to "seeing the kids and seeing my son at school," she said.

Linda Stiegler, 41, is a teacher's assistant at CREST School. She has been with the district for four years and in her present position for three. She works with mentally handicapped children, assisting the teacher and helping the students with daily living skills. She said she looks forward to "the smiling faces of all students."

Becky Mendicino, 40, is a school secretary at Crystal River High School. She has been with the district for nearly five years and at CRHS for one. Her duties include assisting the principal's secretary, acting as a backup to the receptionist and working with attendance, substitutes and announcements. She says she looks forward to "working with the students."

Peggy Martin, 44, is a teacher's assistant at Crystal River Middle School. She has been with the district more than three years and at CRMS nearly two. She works in the attendance office assisting students and teachers. She says she looks forward to "getting up and starting a new day; seeing and enjoying my family."

Carol Kaiserian, 57, is the principal's secretary at Crystal River Primary School. She has been with the district and at the school for nearly six years. Her duties include coordinating substitute teachers, preparing the school newsletter, scheduling appointments, helping with the front desk and clinic and assisting the principal. She looks forward to "seeing the smiling faces of the students."

Margie Creutz, 53, is the nursing supervisor with the district Exceptional Student Education department. She has been in that position and with the county for 10 years. Her duties include traveling countywide to assist teachers and clinic caregivers with students' health needs. She said she looks forward to "seeing the children."

Tamra Landis, 38, is a teacher's assistant at Floral City Elementary School. She has been with the district for four years and at FCE for one. Her duties include clerical work and assisting students with reading and math. She said, "I really do look forward to going to work every day. I love what I do. Working one-on-one with students in math and reading is as rewarding to me as it is to them."

George Simon, 62, is a custodian at Forest Ridge Elementary School. He has been with the district and at the school for six years. His job includes maintaining and cleaning the campus. He says on workdays he looks forward to "planning what has to be completed in the course of the day." On weekends he enjoys his family and going to car shows.

Shirley Manucci, 48, is a teacher's assistant at Hernando Elementary School. She has been with the district for six years and at the school for five. She works with kindergarten and third-grade students. She looks forward to "going to work and seeing the young students."

Tom Valenty, 56, is a systems specialist with Information Services. He has been with the district and in his present position for six years. He is responsible for more than 150 Microsoft servers within the district. He says he wakes up each morning "one day closer to retirement (again)."

Joyce Weinbel, 47, is an exceptional student education/staffing specialist assistant at Homosassa Elementary School. She has been with the district for two years and at Homosassa for one. Her duties include working with students in small groups or individually, acting as a backup for the clinic, helping teachers and assisting the staffing specialist. She says she looks forward to "going to school and seeing the students achieve."

Carin Shriver, 35, is a secretary at Inverness Middle School. She has been with the district with five years and at IMS for two. Her duties include attendance student services, bus ramp duty and working in the clinic and at the front desk. She says she looks forward to "making a difference in a child's life."

Sandie Saporito, 52, is a teacher's assistant at Inverness Primary School. She has been with the district and at IPS for nine years. She says in the morning she looks forward to "my coffee! Seriously, though," she added, "I love my job! I look forward to it every day."

Sandi Wright, 51, is an office clerk at Lecanto High School. She has been with the district for nearly six years and is in her second year at LHS. Her duties include answering telephones, acting as clinic aide and teacher backup, coordinating substitute teachers and dealing with textbooks. She says she looks forward to "just waking up each morning and going to work at LHS."

Deborah Gail Nelson, 51, is the bookkeeper at Lecanto Middle School. She has been with the district for 18 years and at LMS for five. She handles internal accounts and payroll. She said she looks forward to "enjoying another day that God has given me."

Jane Rowe, 56, works in food service at Lecanto Primary School. She has been with the district for 13 years and at LPS for 11. In the cafeteria she bakes , assists with main dishes and works the cash register. She says, "Knowing God has blessed me with another day" is what she looks forward to when she wakes up. "And my job at Lecanto Primary School is a good place to be, because of the children I work with."

Willie Bulgin, 54, is a trades worker with district maintenance. He has been in the district for 11 years and in his present position for three. His job is to help maintain the district's facilities. He looks forward to "reading the newspaper" each day.

Irma Stokes, 60, is the secretary/bookkeeper at the Marine Science Station and was selected as School-Related Employee of the Year through Educational Services. She has been with the district at the MSS for 31 years. Her varied duties include clerical work, cooking, purchasing, school clinic, community relations and being the camp mom. She said she looks forward to "going to work and seeing my extended family and seeing all the students and just enjoying the beauty of nature."

Helena Delgado, 22, is a Title I teacher assistant at Pleasant Grove Elementary School. She has been with the district for four years, two as an Americorps member and two in her present position. She works with at-risk children in small groups or one-on-one with reading and has clerical and front office duties. She says, "When I wake up in the morning, I look forward to seeing my students and what interesting things they have in store for me throughout the day."

Candace Bose, 58, is an instructional aide at the Renaissance Center. She has been with the district for 11 years and is in her fourth year at Renaissance. She assists the teacher in preparing lessons, tutors students in need of extra help and keeps track of books and media items. She says she looks forward to "going to school and preparing for the day."

Geraldine Walker, 50, is a paraprofessional in the Exceptional Student Education Department at Rock Crusher Elementary School. She has been with the school district for 14 years and at RCES for six. Her duties include preparing breakfast, leading morning circle and working with young children on fine motor skills, sign language and in one-on-one lessons. She said she feels blessed when she wakes up in the morning, knowing her children are alive and well and knowing that she has children waiting at her job who love and need her.

Judi Wilson is the business office manager for transportation in Inverness. She has been with the district for 29 years and in her present position for 26 years. She acts as secretary to the transportation supervisor. She said she looks forward each day to "seeing happy bus drivers."

Ronald Partridge, 59, is a district warehouse worker. He is in his 21st year with the district and in his present position. His duties include delivering school supplies and food and transferring supplies. He looks forward to "having a good day at anything I do," he said.

Margaret Stier, 55, is a lunchroom aide at the Withlacoochee Technical Institute. She has been with the district and at WTI for eight years. Her job is to act as cashier and help keep students on task. She said she looks forward to "coming to school and seeing each student and talking with them to make sure they have someone they can count on to help them through the day."

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