Gale Eddy is School Service Personnel of the Year
She began working for the school system in September 1984 as a halftime secretary for Assistant Superintendent Bill Grizzell and halftime secretary for vocational director Gary Van Horn. Eddy knew she wanted to be a secretary when she was in high school.
Over the years, new directors and responsibilities were added to Eddy’s secretarial coverage.
She currently works with Vocational Director Laura Hovermale, who is also Secondary Education Director, Elementary Director Kandy Kulus, School Treasurer Nancy White and Maintenance Supervisor Alston Yost.
Eddy said she has always worked with the adult and community education classes, the Adult Basic Education classes and the G.E.D. preparation classes.
As secretary, Eddy gets ready whatever needs done for the day, including memos, reports, bids, scheduling, bank records or vocational finance.
“I like being busy,” she said.
Eddy said she’s always liked being around the students and interacting with people. She enjoys coming to work.
“I have always enjoyed the people I’ve worked with.” Eddy said.
During her almost 29 years with the school system’s central office, Eddy’s office moved to different locations.
It was at the old vocational director’s office on Concord Avenue, the Golliday House on the corner of John Street, the former school board office on U.S. 522 and the new high school vocational building. Her office is now at the current board office on Harrison Avenue.
Eddy said she was surprised and humbled by her award and very appreciative.
“There are so many people in the service department that work really hard. There are a lot of good people that are really deserving of it,” she said of the award.
Eddy is a financial assistant at her church, the First United Methodist Church, and has also served on church committees. She loves to cook and fix family meals and do church activities and things with her family.
Eddy was happy to receive her rocking chair from Caperton FurnitureWorks as part of her award. She said she’s looking forward to enjoying it even more when she eventually retires.
“Gale is a wonderful person to work with…thorough and kind. She enjoys and supports her family and treats all of us as family,” Assistant Superintendent Joan Willard said.
School Treasurer Nancy White said that Eddy “is one of the most kind, hard working, even-tempered ladies I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Eddy performs tasks for two directors, the maintenance supervisor and the school treasurer and never hesitates to complete what is asked of her, she said.
“She is always worrying and giving advice to us all. This compassion and concern has earned her the nickname of ‘Momma Gale.’ She is loved by many and so deserving of this recognition for her work,” White said.
Eddy’s coworker and friend, Vocational and Secondary Director Laura Hovermale, said that her work ethic is second to none.
“She stays late, comes in early and does whatever is needed not just to get the job done, but to do the job well,” Hovermale said.
When someone asks her to do one more thing on top of her many jobs at hand, Eddy “takes the time to understand what is needed, then proceeds with clarity, efficiency and a smile,” Hovermale said.
Eddy also makes time for her family, friends and church family each day.
“She is a role model for all of us and her award is well deserved,” Hovermale said.