School Resource Officer Receives Employee of the Month
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Corporal Becky Terry, School Resource Officer at First Flight Elementary School, is the May 2017 Dare County Employee of the Month. Major Jeff Deringer with the Sheriff’s Office, presented Terry with the award at the May 1, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Terry was hired in January 2014 as a Deputy Sheriff Master Officer and began working as the First Flight Elementary School Resource Officer. As the School Resource Officer, She is tasked with providing a safe and secure environment at First Flight Elementary School while building and establishing meaningful relationships with students, staff and parents. While presenting the award, Major Deringer read remarks from a FFES parent.
Officer Terry is committed to the well-being of our community with her approach and caring attitude to the children of Dare County. Our child was a student at First Flight Elementary School for the last four years and each of these years Officer Terry has greeted each child at the door with a big smile and good morning. If she is not at the front door, the children and parents are looking for her. Usually she is inside, giving hugs to the other children and answering questions for the parents.
As a school resource officer, Officer Terry’s visibility within the school community is apparent with her attendance and participation in school functions. One example of this is the Monday Night Live student tutoring program, where Terry picks up the children after school and drops them off at the local church hosting the program. Officer Terry stays, helps tutor, and eats with the children and parents during the dinner hour. This adds up to a 14 hour day for her but she does it graciously without hesitation.
Officer Terry initiates interaction with students in the classroom. She is also a much sought after person as a lunch partner with the children. Whether it’s dressing up as a T-Rex for the Halloween fundraiser, working out an upsetting situation for a student or reassuring a parent, Officer Terry has proven herself time and time again. She is an integral part of our children lives and an asset to Dare County and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.
At the end of the presentation Major Deringer remarked, “We are very humbled and appreciative that Corporal Terry is receiving this award. It’s well deserved.”