Brenda Barton earns WSOS’ Spark award

Despite several changes of jobs and job sites within WSOS, Brenda Barton never lost her love for serving preschoolers and their families. She believes in the WSOS mission of helping people help themselves and that core value helped earn her the Spark Award for January.

Barton, an Oak Harbor resident and currently a center specialist at Genoa and Port Clinton centers, was honored for demonstrating leadership, quality and service, three of the five pillars of excellence, to children and families in the Early Childhood Program. According to her nominators, she demonstrated excellence through the quality of work she did and her leadership as she helped prepare the two centers for the accreditation process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“This award means a lot to me because I was nominated by the people I work with daily,” Barton said. “I appreciate that they see me as a leader and team member and that they realize that I work hard to help make our centers a great place for our children, families and staff.”

Barton was hired at WSOS in 1980 as a home visitor, a teacher who went to the homes of preschoolers enrolled in the WSOS Early Childhood programs. She would teach the child and instruct the parent on how to teach their child once the home visitor leaves. After ten years in that position, she became a classroom teacher at the newly established Genoa center. Later she was named the site coordinator/teacher. After another re-organization and change of job descriptions, Barton became the site coordinator. Throughout that time she served families at the centers in Port Clinton, Genoa, Elmore and Pemberville.

This award is presented to employees in the WSOS Family Development programs at who demonstrate innovative and caring service to the children and families of the program. The nomination must show how the nominee performs under the five pillars of excellence: leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation.

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