GREENVILLE - Laura Bemus, assistant superintendent for Greenville City Schools, was the recipient of the Southwest Region Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Outstanding Administrator Award for 2014.
“It really is an honor to receive this award, especially when I know there are so many administrators in the southwest region of Ohio that do exemplary jobs,” Bemus noted.
Doug Fries, superintendent of Greenville City Schools, nominated Bemus for the award. In his nomination he cited Bemus as “a dedicated, hardworking employee…with outstanding leadership skills.” Fries said that in her two years at Greenville City Schools, she has had a take-charge attitude, implementing new measures and allowing Greenville City Schools to advance on their state report card goals.
She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in fostering a love of education for others, Bemus said.
“It’s always what I wanted to do,” Bemus recalled. “When I was a student I was always asked to help other students, work with other students; I babysat for a lot of my teachers who had young children; I played school at home with the neighborhood kids. It was just always a passion of mine.”
It’s a rewarding passion, Bemus said. There are “so many rewarding things” about being in education, which explains why, even after 32 years, she still has a passion for what she does.
“[The most rewarding thing,] it’s really believing that everyone can succeed, and working to make sure that they do,” Bemus stated. “Helping to solve problems, leading to success; and being involved with the community. This is such a nice community, and education is more than just the day at school, it goes beyond, into their extracurricular and home lives.”
Of course, being in education these days definitely comes with challenges, she said. One of her duties as assistant superintendent is special education, and those laws change rapidly, she said. There are also new standards to meet and new evaluations to implement, too. Bemus said it’s important to communicate those changes, and she’s happy to do the job.
“I see it as a job that needs to be done for the benefit of our kids, and I think it’s important to work hard all day, every day, and most weekends, because it is a job that is just never-ending and important. And it’s important as an administrator to understand that it’s not just a job, it’s a lifetime commitment,” Bemus commented.