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A look back at the 2018 Support Professional of the Year

“I’ve been nominated in the past, and I always feel there is someone far more worthy than me to receive this award,” said Spendlove. “But I’m grateful for a principal like Jeff Hamm who sees the work I do.”

In his nomination letter, Tooele High School Principal Jeff Hamm wrote, “Emily Spendlove is an outstanding District employee, an exemplary employee, and she is precisely the type of person that should be rewarded for her many years of outstanding service to Tooele County School District. She is the best, and I give her my highest recommendation.”

Spendlove started working for the District as a substitute in 2004. In 2006, she started as a part-time substitute in the attendance office of THS. Her work ethic and efficiency soon led her to a permanent part-time position there. In 2008, she started filling in for the full-time person in the attendance office, which then evolved into a permanent full-time position as the attendance secretary.

Hamm said, “This was a huge responsibility at that time because Tooele High School had over 2,100 students to monitor every single day.”

She worked in the attendance office until 2014 when she changed roles to become the Finance Secretary, a move she especially thanks Jill Whiting, TCSD accounting specialist, for mentoring her in.

“Jill is someone I look up to,” said Spendlove. “We have a great friendship and work well together. She taught me a lot.”

Spendlove currently serves as the THS finance secretary and as an office manager over six other secretaries.

“We ask a lot of Emily on a daily basis,” said Hamm. “Much of which is within the scope of her job description; but oftentimes, she is just pitching in to help because she feels a sense of obligation to help her peers in her role as office manager.”

He added, “So, while she does all the taking and receipting of money, accounts payable and receivables, sending home quarterly statements, and reconciling our monthly bank statement; she also does many other things like facilitate our monthly book talks with the secretary pool, plan our meals for Parent-Teacher Conferences and professional developments, help put together our teacher handbooks at the beginning of the year, and stuff envelopes with our quarterly mid-term grades, report cards, and parent newsletters.”

Spendlove said she enjoys her work because of the diversity of the people she assists and the relationships she builds with them.

“I just enjoy helping people,” said Spendlove. “Whether it’s students, parents or teachers, I’m grateful to help them all. But, the students always come first.”

She is grateful for the support of her husband, children and especially her brother Mat Jackson, TCSD Special Education director. She also said it was great to be working at THS, during the same time her own children attended there as well as some nieces and a nephew.

Hamm said Spendlove’s job is a difficult one and he appreciates that she always goes above and beyond her assigned tasks.

“She is constantly looking for ways to improve the school environment for our students,” said Hamm. “Emily willingly takes on additional responsibilities as assigned. She is responsible, accountable, efficient and an extremely hard worker.”