By: Grace Graf/ Senior Writer
Tonya Haley, administrative assistant at Blue Ridge Middle and High Schools, is a master at multitasking and logistics.
Although part of the Blue Ridge staff since 2009, Haley moved from a position as a paraprofessional in the elementary school to the high school’s main office for her current position in 2019.
Haley says, “I worked in the elementary life skills classroom for ten years prior to applying for the attendance clerk position. At that time, my husband was injured. That led me to seek out more work hours and family benefits.”
“It was the hardest decision for me to make [to leave the classroom] but necessary without having to leave the school district. After a full year of working in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, our principal, Casey Webster, was in need of an administrative assistant. It was just logical for me to accept the position offered.”
According to Webster, “Mrs. Haley is welcoming to everyone who enters the office” despite having a plethora of time-consuming responsibilities.
Haley, says Webster, compiles information for the weekly Remind updates to Blue Ridge families. She also handles all teacher and club advisor budget requests, makes deposits for school-related organizations, and places orders.
In addition, Haley assists with the organization of information to be presented at faculty and administration meetings, prepares the daily bulletin for faculty and staff, and makes announcements over the public address system, including leading the school body in the daily Pledge of Allegiance.
Haley also types correspondence, reports and memos requested by the principal. She also deals with people who come through the main office.
“Part of the job,” she says, “is to maintain a positive working relationship with all coworkers.”
“I also help plan and prep for the majority of the graduation ceremony. Graduation takes a team of people to fulfill tasks in preparation of the ceremony. I am blessed to have so many coworkers that are always willing to give a helping hand so that the day runs as smoothly as possible.”
“I love that at BR, we are family. I love the kids and everyone I work with. The opportunity to interact and get to know the kids for me, is quite rewarding.”
“It’s important to me that everyone I encounter feels valued as an individual.”
For information about the role of a High School Administrative Assistant at another school visit https://iusd.org/sites/default/files/administrative_assistant_to_the_principal.pdf