When you think of schools, you usually think of teachers and principals. But they'll be the first to tell you they couldn't do their jobs, without the help of the school's other employees.
Bay District Schools recognized all of those workers Thursday night at the Martin Theater, during the 2011 Support Employee of the Year awards ceremony. Each school and district facility nominated one employee as their Support Person of the Year.
Judges selected 5-finalists from of those 44-nominees. And paraprofessional Tony Kyle was selected as Support Employee of The Year. Kyle runs the extended time out classroom at St. Andrew School.
"It feels awesome, I did not expect it at all. I'm surprised and shocked but it feels awesome. Thanks to everyone for voting for me."
Superintendent Bill Husfelt said the support workers were one of the keys to a successful school system. "They are the backbone of what makes everything happen. The teachers depend on them, the administrators depend on them, we depend on them, without all these folks we wouldn't get anything done."
Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union has sponsored the event for the past 14 years.