Secretary honored with Spirit Award

Staff report

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Susan Morris was honored at the Nov. 14 Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV Board of Directors meeting as the 2012 recipient of the Spirit Award.

Morris has been the secretary/clerk at the Clarence Brown Community School in Butler, Pa., for the past nine years.

Executive Director Cecelia H. Yauger presented her with the award.

This award, sponsored by the Intermediate Unit’s Labor & Management Committee, was created to recognize a support-staff individual who exemplifies excellence on the job, caring involvement and involvement in the community.

Morris was nominated by several employees from MIU IV. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee representing all areas of the IU.

“Miss Sue, as the students refer to her, reflects a sincere, caring approach to the students and staff in the building,” said Kristen Salina, principal at Clarence Brown Community School.

“She has the difficult job of organizing IEP [individual education plan] meetings for over 80 students.

This means contacting families, district representatives, outside agencies, requesting subs, and making sure I am where I need to be.”

Barbara Sylvester, emotional support teacher at the school, also sang Morris’ praises.

“In my day-to-day involvement with Susan, I am amazed at the qualities that she demonstrates on a daily basis,” she wrote.

“She is honest with staff and students alike, a team player, shows respect always to all around her, and is a positive role model for both staff and students.”

As the sole secretary for the school, Morris has multiple roles and responsibilities.

“Sue does an excellent job of making sure that the day-to-day operations of Clarence Brown run flawlessly,” said Sherrie Mazurek, a paraprofessional at the school.

“Any questions or problems, Sue is more than willing to find the answers.”

Paraprofessional Staci Ringler echoed those sentiments: “Where to begin? … Sue does everything here at Clarence Brown. She is the heart and soul of our successes here.”

In introducing Morris to the MIU IV Board of Directors, Yauger described her as “a very dedicated and valued staff member — someone who goes above and beyond her job responsibilities to make sure everyone gets what they need for the school to run smoothly.”

MIU IV’s Clarence Brown Education Center offers a full-time program for students throughout Butler County with emotional support needs.

“Sue is much more than a secretary, a receptionist, or even an administrative assistant,” wrote Robert Papa, Butler Homeless Liaison and Intensive Interagency Coordinator for MIU IV.

“She helps and assists in all facets of Clarence Brown. She’s more like Ms. Salina’s co-pilot.”

Morris lives in Kittaning, Pa. She is engaged to Scott Steim.

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