Smyrna School District curriculum office financial secretary Jamie Cox was selected as the Office Professional of the Year by the Delaware Association of Education Office Professionals.

Smyrna School District curriculum office financial secretary Jamie Cox was honored as the Office Professional of the Year by the Delaware Association of Education Office Professionals at the group’s fall meeting Oct. 12 at the Felton Fire Hall.

The mission of the DAEOP is to provide professional growth opportunities and leadership in education by improving the quality of service to the students, school and community.

DAEOP President Teresa Craft said Cox was selected based on the DAEOP Award Committee’s scores from all the nominees. To be eligible, the nominee must be a member of DAEOP for at least three years and be an office professional for a minimum of five years in an educational institution.

“It was a nice surprise to receive the Office Professional of the Year award for the state,” said Cox. “I was flattered to be recognized for the job that I do here at the Smyrna School District.”

She has worked in the district for almost five years, all in the curriculum office, and has worked for the state for 20 years.

“What I enjoy most about my job is working with the curriculum team to be on the forefront of education and to learn what the next initiative will be,” she said. “I enjoy helping to implement new opportunities for growth for the students of the district. The biggest challenge would have to be what all districts are facing, the budgets and funding. We have learned how to make our dollar count and get the most for our budget.”

In her nomination, Cox was lauded for completing her job duties with “grace, humor, dedication, and a moral enhancing approach that earned her the deep appreciation and respect of her team.”

She was instrumental in implementing “Schoology” in the district, the online teacher/student platform where the district stores its curriculum. She volunteered to help with the CTE Program and the new Academy of Finance Program in Smyrna to help support teachers and ensure the district is offering high quality curriculum.

Director of Curriculum June Wicks, in her recommendation letter, said, “I am impressed with her leadership skills, positive demeanor, attention to details, and willingness to help out with all projects. It is with great respect I recommend her for DAEOP Office Professional of the Year.”

Cox has also served as corresponding secretary for DAEOP since July 2016, as professional development chairperson for the DAEOP Professional Development Day for two years, and is on the planning committee for next year’s Mid-Atlantic Professional Development Conference that Delaware is hosting.