Who are some of the unsung heroes of our community, people who work for the common good for years outside the glow of the public spotlight?
In that vein, five long-term employees of PUSD were honored at their retirement on June 28 for their contributions to local children and the school district.
The five honorees included a special education aide; a director of operations, maintenance and transportation; two school nurses; and a school secretary.
Nine employees retired on June 28, but only five were present to be honored.
Nancy Hemsley, introduced as “Nurse Nancy,” was the first to be honored. Hemsley, lead nurse at PUSD and nurse for Portola schools for the last 12 years, has been a nurse for 49 years.
School nurses are responsible for mandated health screenings, promoting good health practices, emergency care and providing referrals to parents for outside services. Nurses in Plumas County are assigned to multiple schools.
Debra Thompson, long-term special education aide, wanted her picture taken with Jackson Marquette. Marquette was a long time
student of Thompson’s and a 2017 graduate from Portola High School.
Thompson told the audience that it had been a wonderful 37 years working with students. She said, “I love my job because of that man right there,” pointing to Marquette, “Thank you, Jackson.”
Lori Marquette, a teacher at Portola High School, thanked…
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