West Jessamine office lead wins statewide award

Published 10:42 am Thursday, May 4, 2023

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A West Jessamine High School employee has been honored by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).

Pattie Elliott, the high school’s front office lead, was announced as the 2023 recipient of the KASA Office Professional Award last week.

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According to KASA, “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.”

Elliott is well thought of by the school’s staff.

“Pattie exudes a professionalism that is only matched with her care for students and families,” said West Jessamine Principal Daniel Zeitz. “She goes far beyond the requirements of her position on a daily basis and gives of herself to help students. She has become a fixture as the gateway for the school and community. Her commitment to everything she does is spectacular!”

Her colleagues describe Elliott as “one in a billion”, and performs several services for the school, including assisting with the organization of prom and homecoming and creating Remind 101 classes for senior announcements.

She received a $500 and a cherry clock for winning the award.

Dr. Rhonda Caldwell, KASA’s Executive Director, highly praised Elliott.

“It is indeed an honor for us to recognize Ms. Elliott for this well-deserved recognition,” Caldwell said. “This award comes at a time when public education continues to limp through staffing shortages. Because of her nurturing spirit, consistent support, and passion for the community she serves, the students at West Jessamine High School consider their school a secondary home. We are grateful for her devotion.”