Lewis and Clark secretary awarded school employee of the year

Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she had been selected as the Oregon Schools Employee Associaton employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.
Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she was the Oregon Schools Employee Association employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.

ST. HELENS — Jeanette Sessions, a 24-year veteran of the St. Helens School District, has been chosen as the Oregon Schools Employees Association employee of the year.

Sessions currently works as the head secretary at Lewis and Clark Elementary in St. Helens. Her supervisor, principal Cathy Carson, nominated her for the award, referring to Sessions as the heart and soul of their school in her recommendation letter.

The announcement of Sessions’ award was made on May 8 during a surprise celebration, cloaked as a mandatory staff meeting, in the school library. Sessions’ family, friends and current and former co-workers were in attendance.

Sessions was caught off-guard by the award because she was unaware of her nomination by Carson. According to an OSEA press release, Sessions said, “When I saw my retired friends here (at the meeting) my first thought was… I didn’t retire yet!”

The employee of the year award is one of the highest honors of OSEA. The award is given out annually, and recipients are chosen from a pool of Oregon nominees by a committee of past OSEA presidents.

Sessions will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2014 OSEA Conference from June 26-28 in Portland.