Woodland Primary School
secretary Stacy Leeper’s experience dates back to when she was a child helping
her mother, also a secretary, but in another school district. Her mother worked
there for more than 25 years and while Stacy’s time on the job is much shorter,
she is making her mark – receiving recognition through the annual Those Who
Excel award from the Illinois State Board of Education.
state board annually sponsors the Those Who Excel honor to individuals who make
contributions to the state’s elementary and secondary school.
Excellence, Meritorious Service and Special Recognition awards are presented in
seven categories: classroom teacher, school administrator/principal, student
support personnel (licensed), educational service personnel (unlicensed),
school board member/community volunteer; team, and early career educator. Ms.
Leeper is receiving Special Recognition in the educational service personnel
“Being at Primary is the
first experience many families have with our district and parents are often
nervous. I like to help guide parents through the first steps, whether it’s
helping their child or the parents,” she said.
Stacy was excited to
learn she was nominated and she expected to receive a letter of
congratulations, but instead she will be receiving the honor in person when she
travels to the October 28 Those Who Excel education awards banquet in Bloomington-Normal,
Primary Principal Stacey
Anderson said, "Stacy is an outstanding secretary and one of the most
respected members of our Primary team. Every student, parent or staff
member that she comes in contact with feels her sincerity, genuine warmth and
caring, making our office a welcoming place to be."
The principal along with
Assistant Principal Trina Metz; Erin Marquard, a kindergarten teacher; and Eva
Pakulski, a parent, wrote letters of support for the nomination. One letter said,
“Stacy Leeper is a dedicated and caring woman who supports students, staff and
families with a smile. She is the mortar that keeps Woodland Primary together.”
A resident of the
Woodland District 50 community, Ms. Leeper started working at Woodland eight years
ago as a part-time attendance assistant at Woodland Elementary East. She also
worked a few months as a temporary office assistant at Elementary West and then
a full-time office assistant at Elementary East before becoming the building
secretary five years ago at Woodland Primary.