Kay Llewellyn, who has been secretary to the principal at Dixieland Elementary School for 30 years, was named Polk County’s 2020 school-related employee of the year.
“She is the first to offer help to those in need, whether it’s by giving a hug and encouraging word, or by collecting blankets for the homeless,” according to a news release announcing the honor. “Llewellyn is more comfortable as a behind-the-scenes person, and will quietly organize donations to help whomever is in need.”
THE LEDGER: The modest “Miss Kay” missed the ceremony; her first granddaughter was born the same day.
Other employees from Lakeland schools among the seven finalists for the honor:
- Susan Cruz, Winston Academy of Engineering, terminal operator
- Zena Moody, Edgar L. Padgett Elementary, finance secretary
In addition, two teachers from Lakeland schools were among the seven finalists for Polk teacher of the year. They are:
- Laura Blanchette, Southwest Middle, ESE teacher
- Erin Lavelle, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, English teacher
Polk’s teacher of the year is Dr. Vincent M. Miller II, a math teacher at Winter Haven High.
The honors were announced at a banquet Thursday night.