Wade Winner: Debbie Crossen
Congratulations to Debbie Crossen of Blue Hills Regional Technical School on being chosen as our latest Wade Award winner! Ms. Crossen was nominated by coworker Jill Rossetti for this award, which is bestowed on those professionals who are recognized by their peers for consistently showcasing the qualities of a Wade:
- Exuding passion for what they do
- Sharing and inspiring their passion in others
- Making a positive difference every day
In her nomination, Ms. Rossetti wrote,
“Debbie Crossen is the most welcoming person, sitting in a small booth in the front lobby she is totally invested in her work and makes everyone feel good and smile, even the cranky people. She is a ray of sunshine in the building. Debbie is caring, down to earth, always pleasant as she answers the phone greets visitors and runs licenses through the raptor system. Even if someone doesn’t have their license, she knows how to handle challenges and call the right people to solve a challenge. She never makes strangers feel uncomfortable.
She is passionate about her role at Blue Hills and she truly makes a difference on a daily basis for faculty, staff and visitors at Blue Hills. Debbie is a source of positive energy to everyone she greets. I have seen her change a difficult situation into a positive one many times. She is friendly to everyone, has a genuine smile, she never complains, never listens to gossip and she is someone who everyone would want to be around because she is authentic and makes you feel good about yourself. She is a beautiful lady, both inside and out. I know everyone at Blue Hills knows that she is a “Wade”.”
We interviewed Ms. Crossen to learn more about her commitment to her school and community. Here’s what she had to share:
Q: Why did you choose a career in an educational environment?
A: I have always enjoyed working with the public, being in a school setting gives me the opportunity to interact with people of all ages, personalities and multiple perspectives.
Q: How do you use your role to make a difference at Blue Hills Regional Technical School?
A: Working In the front Security Office I am usually the first person people come into contact with when they enter Blue Hills Regional. My feeling is that when you can walk onto any job and you can start the day with a positive and energized attitude you can only hope that it can be contagious.
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
A: It is self-rewarding to me because I truly enjoy people and helping when I can. Everyone that comes through the door whether it be employees, visitors or vendors are all there for different reason. I experience a lot of different emotions and personalities in people and often times it does not take much to put life into perspective.
Q: Why do you feel that making people feel welcome is so important?
A: I am a big fan of that corny saying “Treat others as you would want them to treat you “and I also believe a smile can go a long way :).
Q: Are there any additional personal best practices or advice that you’d like to share with our readers?
A: As much as I might enjoy conversing and interacting with people, I always try to be a good listener. Everyone has their own thoughts, opinions, ideas and experiences and I believe they should be shared and respected.
We want to thank Ms. Crossen for taking the time to share these helpful insights, and congratulate her once again on her award. Please feel free to share your congratulations in the comments as well!
Also, we welcome your nominations for those colleagues in your organization who are true Wades. Visit our nomination page to submit a candidate today. We look forward to hearing from you!