The nomination for Paula stated the following:
Paula has gone above and beyond in her position as a library clerk to support the library program, staff and students at Smithfield High School. She is quick to respond to requests for help or additional information from staff and is thorough in ensuring all loose ends are completed.
Paula is often the first person students see when they enter the library. She greets students warmly, learns their names and strikes up conversations to make them feel welcome. Paula takes the time to engage with students beyond helping them print, find a book, use a resource, etc. When a student was having a hard time passing the Wise test, she worked with him daily on practice questions and encouraged him until he passed. During laptop distribution -- one of the library's busiest times -- Paula was a critical team member; she ensured students received laptops in a timely, efficient manner. She maintained a positive attitude despite long days on her feet, repeating instructions and filling out paperwork for hours at a time.
This fall, Paula was instrumental in reorganizing the library's book collection so it would be more visually appealing and user-friendly for students. She helped move and label thousands of books by genre. This was all done as she maintained her everyday duties and support to staff and students in a bustling library.
This year the library has seen an increase in collaboration with teachers and class use. Paula has been instrumental in supporting this partnership. For example, a week-long lesson with Mrs. Canady was possible due to Paula’s support. The class was divided into groups working on Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and we were able to divide and conquer as Paula managed the library flawlessly.
This year the Literary Society had an ambitious plan to have the first student-led Fandom Con in the library. This event took a lot of planning and coordination with staff, students and administration. Paula jumped in and helped at every turn to make the event a success.
In addition to her responsibilities in the library, Paula manages textbook inventory, distribution and repair -- all tedious tasks. She keeps the book room organized and provides teachers and students with the resources they need to teach and learn. Paula models GREAT and GRIT on a regular basis. She is a fabulous employee, a huge asset to the library and is so deserving of this award and recognition.
As part of her award, Paula received a $50 Visa gift card thanks to the generous support of The Woman’s Club of Smithfield. She is also received a personalized plaque created in the Smithfield High School MakerSpace.