Jean Garrett wins statewide award

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Jean Garrett, school secretary/bookkeeper at Glasscock  Elementary School in Marion County, is the 2019 recipient of the Wanda Luttrell Office Professional Award, a statewide recognition.
The award is presented annually to a school or district office professional who contributes significantly to the efforts of the leadership team; who is the pulse of the office; and exhibits resourcefulness, commitment, professionalism, and a positive attitude. Named in honor of Wanda Luttrell, KASA’s longtime office manager who served school administrators for 28 years, this award is highly prized among school staff statewide.
For more than 50 years, Jean Garrett has served as the pulse of the office at Glasscock Elementary School. Her knowledge spans generations and technological advancements - from ledgers, bird books, boxes of receipts, and rotary phones to the computerized bookkeeping and attendance systems that are used today. She never shies away from learning something new and is always the first to learn how to use new technology so she can help others.
Garrett’s knowledge is not limited to the technology and equipment used in the office. She knows the history of the school, and staff. She knows each student and his or her family by name. She has the ability to know when to be kind and loving and when to stand her ground with a parent. She is also the first person to send a card or make a donation to worthy causes for students and staff. Her consistent, dependable attitude and heart of gold sets the  tone for everyone who enters the building. She is the human relations and communications department for the school. Jean’s nominators describe her as being irreplaceable.
“The principal may serve as the building leader, but a good secretary serves as a manager. Mrs. Garrett has been the right arm of the G.E.S. principal for over 50 years,” said Lee Ann Devine, previous principal at G.E.S and co-nominator.
The award is presented in conjunction with National Administrative   Professional’s Day each April. Garrett was chosen for the statewide honor by a panel of school administrators who work with office professionals every day. She will receive a $500 monetary gift and a cherry clock with intricate gears that are indicative of her critical role in keeping the leadership team and school running smoothly.
“It is indeed an honor for us to recognize Jean for this well-deserved recognition,” Dr. Rhonda Caldwell, executive deputy director of KASA, said. “Her support, organization, collaboration, and mastery help strengthen the school’s positive culture and keep everyone pointed toward student achievement.”
KASA is the largest school administrator group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,100 education leaders from across the commonwealth. Formed in 1969, KASA connects education leaders to policymakers, legislators, and other interest groups and provides numerous benefits and services to Kentucky’s school administrators.