The Lenoir County chapter of the Association of Educational Office Professionals honored one of its most active members and a popular district administrator with its top awards during its annual luncheon.
Bertha Atkinson, accounts payable bookkeeper in LCPS’s Finance Department, was named Educational Office Professional of the Year and Nicholas Harvey II, assistant superintendent for operations and student services, was honored as Administrator of the Year.
A member of the Lenoir EOP chapter for more than 28 years, Atkinson has served on numerous local committees and as a district officer. She holds the NCAEOP Professional Level, Professional Standards Program Certification.
She is also active in her church’s Helping Hands ministry and supports the Ronald McDonald House and Kitty Atkins Hospice Center.
A letter in support of her nomination described Atkinson as “a conscientious and a very hardworking Christian on a professional level and a pleasant individual who believes in positive motivation and is highly committed to (her) work.”
Harvey began his career in education as a substitute teacher and coach before returning home to Lenoir County and starting his climb up the ladder of administration. A former principal at Rochelle Middle School and at Lenoir County Early College High School, he moved into his current position as assistant superintendent two years ago.
In announcing the honor, Sharron James-Bizzell, of the district’s human resources department and chair of the EOP Awards Committee, praised Harvey as a gifted leader whose “rapport with everyone is unmatched.”
The awards were presented during a luncheon May 14. As a district winner, Atkinson’s application will be submitted for competition in District 12.
The EOP chapter also presented $300 scholarships to two LCPS seniors, Na’emm Hargett of Kinston High School and Cailey Howard of South Lenoir High School. Hargett plans to study chemical engineering at North Carolina A&T University and Howard will enter the University of North Carolina as a journalism major with plans to continue to law school.
Howard will represent the local EOP chapter in competition for a district scholarship.
Also at the meeting, LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams swore in a new slate of officers: Lori Bryan of the district’s Finance Department, as president; Vice President Glenda Hollandsworth, secretary at La Grange Elementary School; Secretary Ester Hines, executive assistant to Harvey; and Treasurer Sandra Jones, Central Services receptionist.
Like the national and state organizations of AEOP, the local chapter strives to provide professional growth through leadership, education, achievement, recognition and networking opportunities for educational office professionals.