Alice Williams, a senior administrative secretary at Jennie E. Smith Elementary School, has been named the Christina School District Educational Support Professional of the Year. She is a finalist for the first statewide Educational Support Professional of the Year award.
“I’m honored to be part of the important work done by our teachers,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “I love working for Christina and have met amazing people in our schools and our community.”
Williams has worked for 25 years in private and public schools. She has been at Smith for three years and previously worked four years at Stubbs Early Education Center. Williams won the recognition from among the district’s hundreds of secretaries, nutrition staff, custodial staff, paraprofessionals and bus drivers.
Established in 2018 and implemented in 2019, the Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year program recognizes the work of school employees who provide outstanding direct and indirect service to students and their families.
“Educational support professionals provide vital services for our students and teachers,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said in a prepared statement. “I laud each of these nominees for his or her outstanding work and look forward to honoring one of them with the state award.”
For her district-level recognition, Williams will receive a $1,000 personal award. She could win an additional $1,500 personal award in the statewide competition, as well as $2,500 to be used for the educational benefit of Smith students.
Williams represents Christina against 19 other candidates from Delaware district and charter schools. The winner of the statewide award will be announced Friday.