“Helpers” Par Excellence!



In the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, the roles of each member of the society are described in the signature song, Tradition!  The question is asked as to who will be responsible for a variety of duties in the village. The cast responds as to who will fulfill each category of roles- the papas, the mommas, the daughters, or the sons. The pre-supposition for the members of this strongly traditional village is that if everyone carries out their assigned duties, their way of life will continue uninterrupted ad infinitum. Of course the whole musical is about the unraveling of tradition in the face of change. When we consider the myriad of tasks that are involved in making just one school day happen, the list would go on and on. There are the “big strokes of the brush” responsibilities that fall to administrative leadership positions and the complex instructional challenges that are met by teachers every day. Care of facilities, managing technology, and feeding hundreds of hungry folks each day involves staff gifted in those areas.  But there is a whole world of activities that happens every day behind the scenes that makes each school day run effectively.

The devil’s in the details

We’ve all heard the phrase, “the devil is in the details” and we are blessed with a remarkable group of ladies who live each day dealing with all of these details (and the associated “devils”). If we were to follow the Fiddler on the Roof motif and craft a song to describe all of these tasks the resounding response to many of the stanzas would be, “The Office Staff!”  The obvious difference is that in the world of education sometimes “tradition” works and sometimes changes are required.

The LCS administrative assistants and office staff are a special group of talented individuals with a keen sense of God’s calling to their various roles. They serve with an awareness of eternal purpose that transcends a job and a paycheck. Without them, the daily operation of LCS would grind to a screeching halt!

The Gift of Helps

When is the last time you heard a sermon on the gift of helps? The more showy gifts of teaching or other public expressions draw more of our attention than this more private, behind the scenes demonstration of the enabling of the Holy Spirit. When you read the list of spiritual gifts in I Corinthians 12, it is interesting to note that the gift of “helps” immediately precedes the gift of “administration.” A good helper can exponentially increase the productivity of an administrator!  Those of us in administration are very grateful for our support staff members who exercise their gift of helps in ways that keep LCS continually moving forward.

We Honor You!

On Monday, we celebrated these folks with a special brunch in honor of Administrative Assistants Day. It was our pleasure to honor:

  • JoAnne Aldridge; Purchasing; Printing
  • Erica Beale- Student Services
  • Tracy Crosby- HR Specialist
  • Deanna DeLegge, Admin. Asst. Admissions; Substitute Coordinator
  • Mary Fairchild- Registrar
  • Carmen Frost- Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Marsha Hannum- Admin. Asst. Elementary Office
  • Diane Klages- Admin. Asst. Athletic Office
  • Pennye McCormick- Receptionist; Director of First Impressions
  • Erin Musick- Admin. Asst. Middle School Office
  • Tina Nagy-Admin. Asst. Secondary Office
  • Claudia Powell-  Admin. Asst. for Headmaster and Advancement
  • Lynn Pruim- Admin. Asst. Secondary Office

Say Thanks!

As you encounter these dedicated and valuable members of the LCS community, join us in expressing thanks for all they do to make it all happen each day.

Dr. Mike Sligh, Headmaster, has served at LCS for more than 40 years. To contact Dr. Sligh, email him at msligh@lcsonline.org

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