Danielsville Elementary School nurse Donna Perry loves her job, something anyone can tell from just spending a few moments with her while she interacts with the kids as they stop by to have their temperature checked, some medication put on a scratch, or maybe just to say “hi.”
And that love and enthusiasm are likely just two of the reasons why she was chosen as this year’s system-wide “Support Person of the Year.”
“I have found the perfect thing for me,” she said. “I love kids and I love nursing – and this is the best of both worlds.”
Perry said she also wanted to stay close to home here in Madison County and knew there weren’t a lot of opportunities to be a nurse out here.
“It was important to me to stay a part of the community,” she said.
Perry worked for a number of years as for Madison County EMS and in fact, met Marc, her husband of 33 years “on the (EMS) truck.”
The couple has three children, Robert, 26, Kayla, 23, and Chandler, 15 and a various assortment of pets, including dogs and horses, and a turkey on their property just outside Danielsville.
This is Perry’s 11th year as school nurse at DES, and she has no plans to leave.
“I hope to retire here,” she said. Before that she taught health occupations at the high school for three years.
In addition to her duties as nurse at DES, she also serves as the school system’s lead nurse, meeting with other school nurses at least once per month and they speak often.
DES school nurse Donna Perry checks third-grader Caroline Harris’s blood pressure at school this week. Perry, who also serves as lead school nurse for the school system, was chosen as the 2013 system-wide “Support Person of the Year.”
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