50 Years of Service
Special Education Instructional Aide, Sherri Williams, celebrates 50 years of service to Superintendent of Schools office
Her bright smile shined through and her love for students was apparent as a group of children gathered around a semi-circle table with crayons, construction paper and glue sticks close by. It was time for another afternoon art project in county classroom E on the campus of McKinley Elementary School.
For special education classroom aide, Sherri Williams, it was familiar. It was something she had done hundreds — probably thousands — of times in the past 50 years. This fall, Williams is celebrating a milestone that few people will ever achieve — working for the same employer for a half century.
“I’m blessed working with these kids, watching them grow and change,” Williams said.
Tammy Bruce, who has worked alongside Williams for the past 14 years at McKinley, says Sherri is very loving and rejoices in all of her students’ accomplishments.
“She challenges students but also stands back and lets them do things on their own when needed to allow for learning to take place through individual successes,” Bruce said.
Gaylene Roberts, a principal in KCSOS’s special education program, echoed the sentiment. Roberts recalls Williams showing her the ropes when Roberts first started at KCSOS 29 years ago as a classroom aide.
“I consider myself lucky to have started my career being trained by Sherri,” she said. “To this day, she is just as dedicated and loving to the students. She always has their best interest in mind.”
Williams was recently honored with an engraved silver platter to commemorate her achievement — it will undoubtedly look nice aside the handsome collection of years of service mugs, clocks and pen sets she has amassed over the years.
“I can’t imagine our special day classes at McKinley without Sherri,” Roberts said. “I hope she hangs around with us a little longer.”