District names Grooms 'Support Person'

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 26, 2014 

Battery Creek High School office manager Diane Grooms has been named the Beaufort County School District's 2014 "Support Person of the Year."

She received a $250 gas card from Parker's.

Grooms was one of three finalists chosen from 32 school support staff nominees. The finalists were interviewed by a team of judges from across the district. The other two finalists were Debra Bryan, a Michael C. Riley Elementary social worker, and Vicki Ratzel, a Red Cedar Elementary media assistant.

Support staff can include social workers, school nurses, bookkeepers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries and technology and data specialists.

Grooms has worked at Battery Creek High for two decades and has produced the school newsletter, served on the School Improvement Council, served as president of the PTO, helped to manage the Battery Creek Food Pantry and been involved with Students Against Drunk Driving, among other projects.

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