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Every Saturday, we highlight a non-teaching staff member on our Facebook and Twitter (@vcsc_teamvigo) account, turning Saturday into #Staffurday to introduce you to some of the people who make school happen!

Every year is a great year to celebrate our staff, but this year has shined a bright light on the flexibility and compassion of our incredible staff.

Today, meet Mrs. Judy Phillips, an educational assistant at West Vigo Middle School.

What motivates you?
Being in a learning environment with our students and staff is what motivates me. I love seeing students learn new things everyday.

How has your job changed due to COVID?
I’ve worked for VCSC about thirty years and this is my twenty sixth year at WVMS. Due to COVID, it has been quite different with the changing routines and schedules. I’ve worked on hybrid learning, online learning, in the employee day care, on A/B schedules and now back to full in person learning. This year has been more stressful and challenging than past years.

What is something that people don’t understand about your job?
People don’t understand that my job can change on a daily basis. I might be substitute teaching in a classroom, assisting students, or helping teachers in some other way. I might be doing lunch detentions or outside lunch duty, or I could be in the Resource Room reading tests to students or working on special education progress reports.

Why do you love VCSC/your school?
I love working with people on the west side because this is my community. We have great students, educators, and administrators. As we say “We Bleed Green.”

Be sure to check back on Wednesday as we highlight another teacher for #RedforEd Wednesday! We’ll continue both campaigns through the end of the school year.