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Superstar on Staff: School secretary loves job in district she grew up in

Stephanie Troyer

Reason for nomination: Steph Troyer goes above and beyond helping staff, students, and families. Because of her organization and dedication, the school functions efficiently on a daily basis. Steph is not only knowledgeable about building operations, she also knows students and families. Thank you for all you do, Steph!
From DMS Principal Steve Watkins: Mrs. Troyer is a fantastic administrative assistant, but even more of a phenomenal person. I often tell anyone I can, she is the best in Ohio here at Dalton Middle School and we are proud she is part of the Dalton Family.

What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools?
I grew up in this district and I have always been very proud of the high standards that Dalton Schools promote in regards to both education and integrity. We value hard work and the rewards that it brings. When I was going through the school system as a student, I always enjoyed being in the office with the secretaries. I thought they had a pretty cool job and if the opportunity would ever arise I would like to join them. Thankfully it did! Coming to work each day is a joy and honor. I’m proud to be a part of this school system, and my goal each day is to do my best for the administration, staff and students in this district. I love my job!
How did you get to where you are today?

I graduated from Dalton High School in 1988. As a junior & senior in high school, I went to the Wayne County Schools Car-eer Center. In 2000, I began subbing for the district, and I became the full time secretary for Dalton Elementary School in 2001, and then moved to the Intermediate School in 2011. Mrs. Robin McFarren inspired me to want to work for the district because she always had positive things to say about her job, and you could tell that she loved her job. She encouraged me to go for it!

Tell us an interesting fact people may be surprised to hear:

First of all, I’m a very competitive person. When playing games, I don’t like to lose. I don’t like to see my favorite teams lose either, which is difficult sometimes since the Cleveland Indians are one of my favorite teams (I still haven’t 100% recovered from blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2016 World Series). Also, one summer we went to Cincinnati to watch the In-dians take on the Reds. This was when Omar Vizquel was playing for the Indians, and he was my favorite player. We were in the upper deck watching batting practice, and Omar was having fun with fans throwing baseballs towards the upper deck, but always just out of reach of fans. He threw one towards us and I reached over the side of the railing and caught it. I now have a signed Omar Vizquel baseball!

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