Teachers Talk: Susan Spencer

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What is your job title: secretary/computer tech/scheduler

Number of years in profession: 28 years -- 23 years at CMS

How did you get into this profession? When I was in high school, I decided I wanted to be a secretary. In those days, a person needed to be really good at shorthand and typing to get a good job. So I practiced and practiced. Before I was out of high school I became a secretary for an insurance company in Topeka, Kan., in the afternoons after school. Several years later I became a utilization claim secretary for BC-BS where I took shorthand from several doctors. I also drove a school bus for Washburn Rural School District in Kansas. As I got older, I wanted to be a teacher but did not finish my college. I became the next best thing, a secretary at the Middle School. When we moved to Craig I became a secretary for the principal, Mr. Roger Little, at Craig Middle School where I started in the principal's office, which is now the guidance office. A few years later we moved down by the cafeteria and Mr. Little made that the principal's office. Several years ago some of my duties were changed so I was moved back into the guidance office, where I began. Some of my duties are: scheduling, report cards for CIS and CMS. Uploading grades for progress reports every three weeks for CMS. Maintaining the database of Mac School and printing out reports.

What is the most challenging part of your job? I like challenges. Making sure all the students are in the right classes (fully scheduled) at the beginning of the year for CIS and CMS. Also making sure that the teachers have their folders to input grades in a reasonable time.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Helping the teachers use the grade program, Mac School, and seeing that it really comes together. It is not as hard as it looks. Also one of the other rewarding parts that I enjoy is when students just come by and give you a hug to start your day and theirs, too.

What is a teaching tool or method that is unique to you? Take one step at a time but be diversified in a lot of areas. Be patient and flexible!

Briefly describe your most heartwarming teaching/student experience: Students who have a really hard time at school and feel that they will never succeed come by to see you and tell you about their lives and their accomplishments.

What are your favorite activities when you are not at school? Enjoying my three granddaughters, Jaci, Kelsey McDiffett and Kyrah Gelvin. And we have a grandson in Brighton on the way.

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