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Barbara Wright

(L-R): Cheri Sheets, Serena McCollum, Barbara Wright, Jennifer Romero, Sharon Romina, Clarissa Hutchinson

Photo courtesy of: Classified Senate

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Meet Barbara Wright, the May Classified Employee of the Month

Great job Barbara!


Compass features a Q&A with the non-bargaining Classified Employee of the Month. Each month, Classified Senate selects an employee to acknowledge and recognize as someone who is setting high standards for excellence and innovation. The monthly feature, titled "Great Job," provides a glimpse into the honoree's life on and off campus.


How surprised were you to win the Employee of the Month award?

I was astonished. I never expected it.

What is your job title and how long have you worked it?

At the Patton College of Education, I recently celebrated my two-year anniversary and I am very thankful for my position as an administrative specialist.

What are the most enjoyable things about your job?

Working with graduate and international students.The opportunity to interact with students enhances my learning experiences and broadens my mind.

What is your hometown and where do you live now?

I am from Pittsburgh and I love the Steelers. I now live in greater Guysville (my pet name).

What are your long-term goals?

To reach out to love and serve others and extend my love of Jesus to them.

What was the last good book you read?

Reading and studying the Bible envelopes me with His goodness, kindness, grace and love which infuses peace and compassion in my life.

If you weren’t in your present job, you would be working as a ______.

A teacher. I played pretend teacher in my early years and remember writing on our blackboard at home the details about the Hawaiian Islands and teaching. I even created tests.

What things in life are the most important to you?

My relationship with Jesus and co-workers, friends and my family. For me, life is all about embracing and accepting others.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

I love trips to the beach, but the most amazing destination is the Rocky Mountains where majesty and beauty abounds.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy painting, pottery and fishing.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I love water -- waterfalls, babbling brooks, rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean.

What are your favorite TV shows?

“The Big Bang Theory” is the only show I watch.

Who are your favorite musicians?

Hillsong United

What is the next big event you can't wait for?

I’m going to Ocean City with my best friend Debbie. We have been friends since 10th grade.

Who are your favorite celebrities?

My favorite actor is Matt Damon, I love his smile.

Who are the most annoying celebrities?

I don’t track celebrities. It’s all annoying.

What is your dream car/truck/SUV?

A 1970 XKE Jaguar Roadster

What is your favorite saying or quote?

“For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”Philippians 4:14