Reasons for nomination:
Having the opportunity to work with Louise Shoup is a true blessing. Louise is a true people person and such a caring heart. In her position as the Payroll Clerk, she has a vested interest to ensure every staff member’s pay checks and insurance is accurately accounted for. She is more than willing to take whatever time is needed to support our staff and answer their questions. Our District and our communities are fortunate to have such a compassionate person working in this position.
What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools?
What I love best about working at Dalton – I love my job! I do the payroll for the district and it is the best job I have ever had! When I started I was told doing payroll is like putting a puzzle together – and that is so true. Once you have it all together it is a great feeling (and people really like you most of the time)! I have other responsibilities other than payroll – I help with the free/reduced lunch program, help with the bus reports, and the many things that go with payroll (insurance, new contract, end of the month, quarter and year reports and the list goes on).
I have lived in Dalton my whole life and I am proud to be a bulldog! My husband (Duane) and I both graduated from Dalton as well as our children – Audrey Zuercher and Gary Shoup, and now all 4 of our grandchildren are here (that is another great thing about working here – knowing we are close to our grandchildren). I know we have the best teachers around. They care about the students and want what is best for them. We have the best Administrative Team. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. This has been my dream job. I will be retiring May 31, and then in August, will be returning for two days a week to continue to do just payroll.
How did you get to where you are today (education/experience/inspiration)?
Back when I was in high school, I always thought it would be fun to work for Dalton Local Schools. I started working at G.G. Grim out of High School, then went to Wooster City Schools and worked in the Treasurer’s office. I left when we started our family. I then went to work for Mr. Robert Slusser at the Wayne County Community Federal Credit Union. He was a great teacher/leader (previous Treasurer here at Dalton Local Schools). After leaving there I worked at Farmer’s Bank and then M & M Oil Company with Russ and Gwen Gerber, until I came to Dalton in October of 1998 (Ralph Basinger was the Treasurer – another great teacher). I had many great bosses who helped me to grow and become the person I am today. Some people may think you need to leave your home town to grow, but I had so many people from right here in Dalton to help me on life’s journey, as well as keeping God as the Center focus.
Tell us one interesting little fact about yourself that people would be surprised to hear.
What most people don’t know about me: I hate bugs and snakes but I love camping (ok maybe we do Glamping), but I do love the outdoors. I love to hike and yes I am fearful of heights. I did the new Sky Bridge in Gatlinburg to prove to myself that I could do it! Oh most people don’t know how shy and backwards I was growing up – hard to believe now. LOL