CPD's Sharon Weston Honored as Staff of the Year (UT UCEDD)

May 1, 2018

Long-time CPD Assistant to the CPD Director Sharon Weston was honored April 12 as the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Staff of the Year. Colleagues who nominated her and have worked with her for years attended a luncheon where she received the award recognizing her outstanding service. Among all who depend on her, the same words come up again and again. Positive, helpful, efficient, pleasant, kind. Someone who works quietly in the background and is an excellent communicator, who has supported the CPD's executive directors (five of them) since 1992.

"It's hard to describe in a few words what a pleasure and privilege it was to work with her," said former CPD Executive Director Sarah Rule, "but here are three to summarize. Sharon is smart, skilled, and sensitive. If there was anything she (or I) didn't know, she would find it out. She was always ready to learn new technology, grasp organizational change and support colleagues. If she ever made a mistake, I don't remember it. She knows what to say and when to say it "or not." "Sharon has an incredible "can do" attitude and the skills to back it up," said Judith Holt, another former CPD director. "I never presented Sharon with a problem that she didn't have ideas, suggestions or perhaps a gentle nudge to step back and rethink the problem." Weston has also earned the admiration of fellow staff members at every level of the organization. "I first met Sharon when I came to interview for the CPD Executive Director position in August 2016," Wappett said. "Sharon walked me over to the CPD for my initial interview and visit with CPD staff. She was so kind, welcoming, and unassuming that I would have never guessed that she was such an integral cog in the day to day operations of the CPD."