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Spotlight shines on hardworking, others-centered Pate

Jordan-Matthews High School media coordinator Rose Pate receives an Employee Recognition Award from Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan. They're joined by Jordan-Matthews Principal Tripp Crayton.

SILER CITY — Jordan-Matthews High School educator Rose Pate is a veteran. 

But she works with the zeal of a rookie. 

There she was getting after it on a rainy Monday when Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan walked into the media center at Jordan-Matthews. Pate, the media coordinator there, was so engrossed in her work that Jordan was arms length from her before she realized he was there to see her. 

He had good news. 

Pate is the most recent recipient of the Chatham County Schools Employee Recognition Award. Each quarter, a committee votes to select one of the school system’s employees for the honor. Employees are nominated by their co-workers. 

“Mrs. Pate exemplifies what it means to be a Jet,” Jordan-Matthews educator Kimberly Knapp wrote in her nomination. “She has the desire each day to help both staff and students navigate the airspace that is JM. Through the struggles of the daily grind, Mrs. Pate never stops working hard.”

After receiving her award, Pate chatted with Jordan and his senior staff members. They were congratulating her, but there she was talking about how wonderful Jordan-Matthews educator Matt Fry is with all of his choral and theatrical productions. But that’s Pate. 

“Not only does she think of others first, she puts others as a priority — even when she's not on campus,” Knapp said. “Her dedication to the JM family is such a blessing!”

Published Nov. 20, 2019