Alice Williams Named Educational Support Professional of the Year
Alice Williams, a senior administrative secretary from Christina School District’s Jennie E. Smith Elementary School, is the state’s first Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year (EPSY). Secretary of Education Susan Bunting surprised Alice by presenting her with the award at her school this morning. Williams, who has 25 years of experience, including eight with the state, originally planned to become a teacher. She worked at Stubbs Early Education Center in Wilmington for four years before joining the Smith team. “I learned to look past the first impressions and to attempt to remove the obstacles that prevent student success,” Williams said.
“Mrs. Williams serves as a vital bridge between the school and community. Her dedication to the people she serves helps families and students feel welcomed and staff feel supported. Work such as hers often is behind the scenes but is so vital to our students’ success,” Bunting said.
The ESPYprogram recognizes outstanding service by school employees who provide direct or indirect services to students and their families. Employees considered for the award include Paraprofessionals, Custodial staff, Secretaries, Nutritional staff, School- and district-employed bus drivers and bus aides.
“Watching Alice interact with the students at Jennie E. Smith Elementary is a true delight. Her upbeat nature and true desire to help our students and families is evident in everything she does. Having Alice as the first face of the school sets the tone for a positive experience for all who enter the school,” said Dr. Dan Shelton, Christina’s Superintendent.
Williams is one of 20 educational support professionals honored this year. Each was chosen to represent their districts or the Delaware Charter School Network in the state's first Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year Program. Jennie E. Smith Elementary Assistant Principal Mabel Boutte said Williams has an unwavering commitment to her school and the greater community.
As our District winner, Alice will receive a $1,000 personal award from the Christina School District. The state winner will receive an additional $1,500 personal award from the Delaware Department of Education as well as $2,500 to be used for the educational benefit of his or her students.