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Finding joy in the success of others: Vordo honored for her work at PES

 

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By NEESEY PAYNE

neesey@southwesttimes.com

She has an amazing ability to connect with a child and help him or her see the potential they possess to do great things. Ruth Vordo is making an impact in the lives of young people every day.

In honor of National School Counseling week, Feb. 4-8, Vordo was presented a proclamation Wednesday commending her work as a guidance counselor at Pulaski Elementary School (PES).

Vordo has been in education for 39 years. Before becoming a guidance counselor she taught kindergarten.

So why education? For Vordo the answer is quite simple. “I want to help children be the most successful they can be,” she said.

Vordo has a passion for helping people – something her parents instilled in her.

Every day she works with students, administration, staff, parents and outside agencies on multiple levels.

She works with the Kids Helping Kids leadership program, Feed My Lambs backpack program, is a coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Team, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Preservation Services and New River Valley Community Services within PES; is part of the School Improvement Team, and plays an integral role in the Character Counts Program.

If you think that’s enough to keep one person busy, it doesn’t even scratch the service of all the endeavors she is involved in.

“She is caring and persistent,” said Linda Edwards, principal at PES. “She is the glue of the school.”

Vordo said she loves working with the faculty, staff and students at PES.

“My biggest joy is helping children work through any situation they’re confronted with,” she said.