The assistant secretary has worked for the Tigard-Tualatin School District since September 1984

TUALATIN - Linda Dyer considers the Tigard-Tualatin School District to be a part of her family.

Her husband Ron Dyer is a math teacher at Tualatin High. Both of the Dyers' children, Mark and Ronda, graduated from Tualatin High. Linda joked that she and her husband even used to consider sports at the high school a night out for entertainment.

For more than 22 years, Linda Dyer has worked as a classified employee for the district. And Dyer, an assistant secretary at Byrom Elementary School who handles the bookkeeping, has never worked for another school district. And more importantly, Dyer said she loves her job.

'I have never dreaded coming to work,' Dyer said.

So when she found out earlier this year that she was named the Classified Employee of the Year for Byrom Elementary, she was surprised and very honored. She was nominated and chosen by co-workers in the close-knit family at the district.

'But I kind of felt like there were a lot of people who deserved it more,' Dyer said.

But then when it was announced that she was chosen as the district's Classified Employee of the Year, Dyer said she was shocked.

'I was totally surprised and a little embarrassed at first,' Dyer admitted.

Byrom Elementary Principal Rick Patrick described Dyer as a person who performs all of her responsibilities 'with her characteristic pursuit of perfection.'

Patrick went on to say, 'Every chore or task Linda completes possesses three common attributes: excellence, style and grace.'

Those words of praise from Patrick and from a fellow co-worker are enough to make Dyer blush. She shakes her head as she notes that a team of three - herself, head secretary Rachel Edwards and assistant secretary Bev Farnsworth - is what keeps the front office at Byrom running smoothly.

'I know that when we come every day, we just work really hard. Our role as secretaries is to make the little things simpler for teachers so they have more time to have a connection with the kids,' Dyer said. 'It's an honor to be a part of (the classified employees) and their group.'

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