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Lancaster County District Superintendent Gene Moore knows a good thing when he sees it and doesn’t mind saying so.
He’s emphatic about retiring Superintendent Administrative Assistant JoAnne Mosier, noting the 34-year employee as one of the “best things about coming to Lancaster County as superintendent.”
In her final 13 years at her job, Mosier also worked with former superintendents John Taylor and Dr. Pat Burns.
No matter who the superintendent was, Mosier worked with the same dedicated approach.
“She is so dependable, works so hard and is exceptionally good at working with people – whether it’s an upset parent calling in, a principal who needs advice or a board member who needs information,” Moore said.
Mosier’s invaluable versatility came as a result of working with various people throughout the district.
She began as a lunchroom cashier at McDonald Green Elementary in 1977 and steadily moved up the ladder. She also worked as a substitute teacher, instructional aid, a Central Elementary School secretary and a director of student services secretary.
Mosier also took advantage of some district services to enhance her career.
“When we first started keeping records on a computer, I went to the vocational school and got some computer training,” Mosier said. “I would go around and set up data bases in the different schools. I loved it.”
She also handled transfers and parent concerns.
“I had a lot of training there for this job,” she said.
Mosier’s duties have also included organizing the annual Celebration of Excellence and the Principals’ Choice Awards, events that spotlight deserving students.
She notes a labor of love among her job responsibilities as serving as the secretary to the school board.
It’s working with different people who have the common goal of putting children first.
“I can’t remember how many elections I’ve gone through, but they’ve all been a wonderful group of people who worked very hard to provide the best education they can to the students of Lancaster County,” Mosier said.
It’s the same “can do” approach Mosier has had for her job, no matter what the situation was in her career.
“She didn’t say, ‘We can’t do that,’ she said, ‘How can we do that,” said District Public Information Director David Knight.
“She’s worked in the school district so long, and is from the community, that she knows the history, what needs to be done and how to get them done,” Knight said. “It’s hard to replace that kind of experience.”
District Public Information Administrative Assistant Debbie Barrett, who hailed Mosier as “a rock in that office,” has the task of following Mosier.
It will be a challenge, but she also has a blue ribbon blue print to guide her.