Simpsonville Elementary School Nurse Sherri Wilson has been named S.C. School Nurse of the Year, Greenville County Schools announced.
The award is presented annually by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the S.C. Department of Education to publicly recognize the outstanding contributions of a school nurse. Wilson also was named the district's Nurse of the Year in December.
Nurse Sherri, as she is called, is known for putting smiles on the faces of students and staff.
“There have been many times I’ve gone by the health room and seen parents or staff members there for a dose of Sherri’s encouragement,” said Simpsonville Elementary Principal Jan James.
In addition to her daily responsibilities for more than 800 students and 80 staff members, Wilson keeps staff up to date on procedural changes, alerts teachers if students have medical issues requiring special monitoring, and leads the school’s First Response Team.
Assistant Principal Jackie Earle commended her “above and beyond” efforts at the school, which include organizing vision and hearing screenings and emailing health tips to staff each week.
One parent expressed her gratitude for Nurse Sherri when her daughter became very sick with a serious stomach illness requiring hospitalization.
“Nurse Sherri called every day and stayed in touch with us. After returning to school, she took it upon herself to talk with our daughter daily and work with the cafeteria manager about her diet and food intake,” she said.
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