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Tim Stephens Named Oregon Classified Employee of the Year

Tim Stephens Oregon School Employee Association President Tim Stephens was surprised with the OSEA State Employee of the Year award at the May 14 board meeting.

This prestigious award is given to one OSEA member each year whom exemplifies the hard work, dedication with good character, and outstanding work performance. The nominated members are judged by a panel of past OSEA presidents.

Tim has been with the district for more than 18 years. In addition to the volunteer hours he puts in as OSEA president, he serves as Lead Inventory Specialist for the district, managing a team of workers and all the ins and out of a huge inventory.

Following are some excerpts from Tim's nomination:

  • "I have rarely encountered an employee that more exemplifies service-based leadership than this candidate....Never have I heard him say 'it can’t be done' but rather 'this is how we make it happen.' This person leads by example without hesitation....He always gives 110% and serves as a true mentor for others in his workgroup and well beyond."
  • "When the Lead Inventory Specialist position opened, there was no question by the members of selection team that this individual was the right person for the job. Since being placed in this role, he has helped transform the Warehouse & Material Movement function of the District into one that is among the top in the state."
  • "Most recently, this individual has stepped into an OSEA leadership role. I am very gratified again to point out this person’s selfless nature and willingness to represent his coworkers without personal acknowledgement, for the hours he spends assuring fair representation for those on the front lines."
  • "Hard working, intelligent, consistent, diligent, personally responsible, trustworthy, innovative, compassionate – all of these adjectives fall short on their own. However, collectively they paint a picture of this individual and his longstanding commitment to supporting excellence in education."

Please join us in congratulating Tim!