Shannon Glaser Named February 2020 Employee of the Month
Shannon Glaser, Friends of Youth Program Coordinator, is the February 2020 Dare County Employee of the Month. Public Services Director Tim White presented Glaser with the award at the February 4, 2020, Board of Commissioners meeting.
Glaser started with Friends of Youth in September 2019 and has already made a significant impact on the mentoring program thanks in part to her exceptional attitude and compassion she brings to her position.
Through the Public Services Department, Dare County Friends of Youth places at-risk youth between the ages of 6-17 with adult volunteers who serve as role models and friends. Among her many responsibilities, Glaser is responsible for identifying people to work with the children who need the help of a caring friend. Volunteers spend one-on-one time together, and the program offers several opportunities for participation in group activities.
According to White, Glaser's work ethic is the reason for the program’s continued success. “Shannon has faced every challenge to date with joy and the desire to succeed,” he said.
To illustrate her passion, White shared a story about a local woman who became the legal guardian of her six-year-old grandson. The woman said Glaser was the first person to provide her with guidance and help in this period of transition. Glaser was instrumental in bringing excitement to this young child and went above and beyond to make him feel special.
In closing, White remarked, “Shannon goes out of her way to make people feel included. She is a wonderful asset to Dare.”
Glaser was the Director of the Community of Juvenile Services (COJS) program for two years before taking on the role as the Friends of Youth Program Coordinator. She is currently on the Advisory Board for COJS and the Cooperative Extension Advisory Leadership Council. She is also the Treasurer for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
Glaser is a native of Kitty Hawk and a graduate of Manteo High School. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Appalachian State University and received her Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida. Her husband is Deputy Sheriff Edward Glaser with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.