Morris Named August 2005 Employee of the Month

Posted: August 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Tina Morris
Tina Morris
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By Maryum Ahsan

Tina Morris, director of the Child Development Center (CDC), is August’s Employee of the Month. Morris is responsible for the daily operation of CDC, which includes hiring staff, raising revenue, and enrolling families.

Morris was surprised when she heard she was selected Employee of the Month. “I have the best job on campus, and to be honored for doing what you love is the best feeling. I really love my staff, the folks at University Services, and the families and children we work with,” says Morris. “The success of this program really has a lot to do with all the help and support they have given me in the past two years.”

“Tina has proven herself as an innovative leader and administrator,” says Bill Clark, assistant director of University Services. “An example of her initial achievement is how she administered the center’s budget and increased the revenue from sponsored seminars. Revenue has also grown by increasing enrollment.”

CDC receives its accreditation through the National Academy of Childhood Programs. “Tina’s prior professional experience with the accrediting process has prepared her for this important task. She is knowledgeable of the process as an educator and administrator,” Clark says.

According to Clark, Morris has also shown great initiative by researching and identifying replacement of outdoor equipment for the center, enhancing the publication of the monthly newsletter that is distributed to parents, and eliminating a backlog of unpaid invoices.

Alissa Karton, program director for the Johnson Center and University Life, also praises Morris’ work. “I have personally witnessed a true and positive transformation in the Child Development Center. This all speaks to Tina’s abilities to be an educator and positive leader. She responds quickly and effectively to crises and always focuses on the positive. She has built a strong community among the CDC staff, children, and families, and we are so fortunate to have her!”

Not only are Morris’ peers happy with her dedication and commitment to the job, but so are the center’s parents. Clark explains that the monthly newsletter, parent and teacher meetings, and Morris’ accessibility to the parents have resulted in an increased level of satisfaction. This has led to more parents wanting to volunteer to help with school projects and activities.

Morris has been the director of the Child Development Center since July 2003. Prior to her promotion, Morris was a head teacher at the center, teaching two- and three-year-olds.

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