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Joy Charbonneau honored with The Muriel S. Wright Outstanding Office Professional Award

Hampton Association of Educational Office Professionals (HAEOP) presented Joy Charbonneau with the Muriel S. Wright Office Professional of the Year award.  Charbonneau has worked with Hampton City Schools for three years. Her current position is an administration secretary to Executive Director of School Leadership Dr. Anita Owens.  Charbonneau is also a board member of HAEOP, helps the 21st Century/Out of School Time coordinator, and is part of the Calendar Team.

Dr. Owens nominated Charbonneau based on three principles she feels Charbonneau exhibits everyday, which include: be there, choosing your attitude, and make their day.  Dr. Owens, said, “Personally, I believe her parents hit the mark when they named her Joy, as it simply means a feeling of great pleasure and happiness, all of which she exudes daily.” 

Coworkers often say she brings a positive, infectious attitude to the workplace and is often going above and beyond to make sure students and parents are at ease.  Charbonneau realizes that parent’s frustrations/passion comes from the love of their children and wanting what is best for them. Charbonneau reassures them that it is also HCS's goal, and together they can develop a plan to reach these goals. Charbonneau feels that is the most rewarding part of the job. 

Charbonneau, said, “It was an honor just to be nominated. I have been fortunate that since I have been with HCS, I have had outstanding bosses, Dr. Pat Leary, Dr. Raymond Haynes and Dr. Anita Owens. Working with them has been a gift in itself, winning the Muriel Wright Award is the icing on the cake!”

Muriel S. Wright worked in HCS for over 30 years, in many capacities, including personnel and the superintendent’s office.  She was one of the early members of HAEOP.  When Wright retired from HCS she established the Muriel S. Wright Award, to be presented annually to the outstanding office professional employee.  Prior to her death in the fall of 1996, Wright requested that the award continue on her behalf.  She left adequate funds designated for the $200 award. 

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The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

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When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

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·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

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