Education Support Person of the Year – Mrs. Peggy Serek

Mrs. Peggy Serek, School Nurse


Soha Shah, Staff Writer

The title of  Education Support Person of the Year for 202o was awarded to the school nurse, Mrs. Peggy Serek.

Q: How long have you been a nurse at GW?

A: This is my fifth year at GW. I was a part-time nurse for one year and the full-time nurse since then.  

Q: How did you decide you wanted to be a nurse at school and why?

A: I decided to become a school nurse because I love working with children. I spent a few years substituting as a nurse in the Wayne schools and found that I really loved the atmosphere of working in a school. The sense of community among the teachers, administration, and support staff was a big draw for me.  

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a nurse? Tell us about your experience working as a school nurse.

A: My favorite thing about being a nurse is helping and educating others. As a school nurse, I work with students who have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, food allergies, and seizure disorders.  Some of these students I only see when they need assistance and others I see multiple times a day. When we are in school full time I see about 30-50 students a day in the health office. Students visit the health office for multiple reasons: first aid, illness, injuries, and medications. Nurse Boyd and I perform health screenings every year on all students. This includes taking their height, weight, blood pressure, and vision or hearing screenings. 

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being at school?

A: The most rewarding part of being in a school is being part of a community. The staff at GW is amazing and I am happy to be working here. At GW we work together as a team to create a healthy and safe environment that is optimal for learning.

Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a school nurse?

A: I believe my strengths as a school nurse include the ability to stay calm and to react quickly and confidently in emergency situations. I am a good listener and have a good rapport with the students. 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge?  How has the Pandemic affected your ability to work as a school nurse?  How do you keep positive during this pandemic?

A: My biggest challenge as a school nurse has been the Covid pandemic. Our goal is to have a safe environment for all students and staff.  We now have an isolation room if a student is sick with multiple symptoms. Nurse Boyd and I contact parents of any students who are home ill to determine if they have covid like symptoms. We also work with parents to determine if a student needs to quarantine due to travel or being exposed to the virus. If we have a student who tests positive, there is a procedure in place for us to follow. I keep positive during the pandemic by spending time with my family, reading, and exercising. It has certainly been a hard time for all of us, children and adults.