Vickie Wright , a longtime Pasco School District school nurse, was named the 2015 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year at an Olympia ceremony Friday.
Wright, a nurse at Mark Twain Elementary, was the only nurse for more than 12 schools when she began her career with the Pasco School District in 1985. She urged parents and the school board to add to nursing services, helping the school district create a team of 20 professional nurses and five health aides that she helps lead.
“The satisfaction I get from working in education comes most often from the daily encounters I have with students,” says Wright. “School nursing gives me the opportunity to teach and continue to learn at the same time.”
Wright has served on the school district’s Safety Committee and the School District/Community Disaster Planning Committee and as the District’s Wellness Committee Coordinator.
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She has also served on the board of directors for the H.E.A.L. program with the Hanford Environmental Health Foundation and the School Nurse Organization of Washington.
“The difference Vickie makes at her school is clear,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. “Her efforts have led to a 99 percent immunization rate and a significant reduction in absenteeism for students with chronic asthma. When kids are healthy, they’re better able to learn and be successful.”