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Southeast Guilford Social Worker is GCS Employee of the Month

Guilford County Schools proudly announces the November Employee of the Month...

For Immediate Release: Oct. 31, 2019


Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386

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School Social Worker is November GCS Employee of the Month

Ashley Smith serves Southeast Middle, Southeast High


Greensboro, N.C. – School social worker Ashley Smith doesn’t spend her days in a classroom, but the work she does is yielding positive results in the classrooms of Southeast Middle and Southeast High. Her ability to connect with students and families and provide assistance for their needs is helping students get to school on time and stay in school through graduation.

That’s why the Southeast High counseling team nominated her for Employee of the Month, a title she received yesterday.

Smith’s nomination, submitted by Southeast High counselor Christine Albright, reads: “Even though she is not here every day of the week, she is always available and willing to step in. She helps the counseling and administration teams to know which students have the greatest need, and she fights to make sure that what is being done is in the best interest of the child. She has those tough conversations that need to be had, but in a way that conveys care and concern for all parties involved. Her professionalism and caring heart has helped our schools to have one of the lowest dropout rates and highest graduation rates in the county. She finds ways to give the students hope and resources to overcome the personal things that are getting in their way to attend school or be successful in their academics.”

Smith received a $50 gift card to Sam’s Club, which has given nearly $9,000 to outstanding GCS employees since 2005. During the month of November, her photo will hang at the district’s central office, at Southeast High and at the Sam’s Club on Wendover Avenue.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at

Social Worker Ashley Smith is Guilford County Schools November Employee of the Month