Honoring Years of Service

Brenda Wilson honored for 45 years of service
By: Todd Martin
Honoring some of the “keepers of the culture” continuing lives of service to students, the Killeen Independent School District presented awards Tuesday to employees with 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service.
In all, Superintendent John Craft said, the honorees have almost 1,000 years of combined service to the school district.
Only one this year, Harker Heights High School secretary Brenda Wilson reached the 45-year mark.
Board President Corbett Lawler, a former Killeen High School principal and one of Wilson’s supervisors over the years, said during the special called board meeting that the longtime employees are the “keepers of KISD’s institutional knowledge.”
The awards, clocks, an hourglass or bookends depending on the years of service, represent not just the commitment of the employees, but their family members, too, Craft said.
He pointed out that serving 45,000-plus students is a team effort that requires all 7,000 employees from every department and campus.
It was actually almost 55 years ago that Wilson started her paraprofessional career in KISD when she was attendance secretary at Fairway Middle School, the north Killeen school that once served as Killeen High School and closed as a district school in 2009.
That is also the time span – 55 years – that Brenda Wilson has been married to Al “Doc” Wilson, at least it will be this June. He retired a year ago after 57 years as athletic trainer at Killeen High School.
Now, the Wilsons have two clocks in their home, though Brenda pointed out hers is bigger.
She has worked at Fairway, Killeen High School, Eastern Hills, the Killeen Ninth-Grade Center and at Harker Heights High School the past 10 years. She was also a substitute teacher seven years and took some time off.
She has no intention of retiring anytime soon. “I enjoy the kids,” she said. “I just love it. It’s hard to quit.”
Employees honored for 40 years include Harker Heights Elementary School Principal Carolyn Dugger, as well as Judy Brown in transportation and Billy Williams in Facilities.
Employees with 35 years include Terry Williams (Facilities), Barbara Fitzgerald (Pathways), Tom McCormack (Harker Heights Elementary), Linda Stringer (Venable Village), Jayne Doxsey (Saegert), Melissa Connell (Union Grove), Mary Jenks (Venable Village) and Norma Shelley (Attendance).
Employees with 30 years include Shirley Miller (Gateway High), Clayton White (Meadows), Susan Sebeck (Douse), Marcy Patty (Cavazos), David Munro (Sugar Loaf), Teresa Hough (West Ward), Glenn Cunningham (Harker Heights High School), John George (Cleaning Services), Tina Sorrells (Killeen High), Kimberly Dewess (Rancier), Patricia Honnerlaw (Iduma), James Leifester (Shoemaker), Eloina Vega (Transportation), Cynthia Rowe (Hobby), John Smallwood (Career Center) and Suzanne Perez (Special Education).