2022-23 Support Employee of the Year

Georgetown School Custodian Named Support Employee of the Year
Posted on 05/18/2023
Selena Watkins and Dr. Michael GillSelena Watkins, the custodian at The Georgetown School (TGS), has been selected as the 2022-23 Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) Support Employee of the Year.

Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools, made the surprise announcement on Thursday, May 11 at TGS in front of other members of the school’s faculty and staff, as well as School Board Office staff members. Mrs. Watkins is in her fourth year with HCPS and first with TGS. In addition to serving TGS, Ms. Watkins often assists other schools.

“To receive this recognition is very special to me. It brings me great pleasure to know that my hard work and dedication is seen and valued not only by my peers, but by members of the entire school division,” said Mrs. Watkins. “I’m glad to know that how I feel about what I do on the inside is seen in my work from the outside.”

Mrs. Watkins said her favorite part of her job is her co-workers and “being in such a good environment.”

“Being the custodian and able to roam the building allows me the opportunity of getting to know the staff and the students,” she said. “Sometimes, just stopping in a classroom to say hello or greeting the students in the hallway with a smile can lead to them having a good day and that means a lot to me.”

She added: “Being a custodian may not be the job for many, but it is for me! It’s about caring: caring for the staff, the students, and taking pride in the cleanliness of my school. Thank you, Hanover County Public Schools and The Georgetown School, for this award.”

TGS Principal Brian Ford said Mrs. Watkins has been “a tremendous addition to our school community.”

“The building has never looked better, but it’s the ‘above and beyond’ areas that make her really stand out,” he said. “She is a fantastic role model for our students, takes some students under her wing to mentor them, and provides all kinds of treats for students and staff. She is truly a remarkable person, and we are blessed to have her in our lives.”

HCPS employs more than 1,000 support employees in order to accomplish its mission. Each year, one employee wins this distinguished award. It is given to an employee who exhibits several qualities, such as: provides unique and exceptional contributions to the school division; demonstrates commitment through quality job performance and a positive attitude; demonstrates leadership; seeks to enhance their skills and knowledge; and, fosters cooperation and positive relationships with colleagues, students, teachers, administrators, and the school community.
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