LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Tena Rennison

Position: Secretary
School: DuQuoin Elementary School
School District: DuQuoin CUSD #300
City, State: DuQuoin, IL

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Tena Rennison was nominated by her principal, Diana Rea.

"How can we help you?" "It's all good, don't worry." "What can I do?" These are daily quotes you'll hear (often multiple times a day) in the school office from Mrs. Rennison. She is a consistent, friendly face helping all who enter the school, whether they be a student, parent, teacher, or administrator.

"You know the saying, 'Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world.' by Anthony D'Angelo? That is our Tena," said Rea. "She's the gatekeeper, with her clerical duties stretched far beyond regular expectations."

Mrs. Rennison is a true asset to the elementary school. She seems to know everyone in town and can make engaging conversation with anyone who appears in the school. She loves being around elementary students and the energy and life they bring daily. She is a listening ear when needed and eager to help the school grow when new ideas develop. 

As secretary, she knows all the workings of the building and staff, but understands the importance of always maintaining personal and professional respect. When faced with roadblocks, such as not having enough subs or changes in a report, she is flexible and has a we can attitude, infectious to all within her circle of influence. 

Mrs. Rennison is extremely knowledgeable. When unsure, she'll proceed with "let's figure it out." She welcomes each and every child with the same smile and "why are you in here" questions. Then, she reaches into her bag of many strategies to help or support them with what they need. If someone enters the building as an adult, you'll get that very same treatment.

"Everyone is important and equal with differentiated solutions for each problem, request or question," Rea said. "She is the example of our motto: We are Des! Our mindset is success!"

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Comments (126)


Larry Alvarado Posted over a year ago

Tina is a life changer in a big way in a small town. She is a whirlwind of cheer and assistance to the staff and students at Du Quoin Elementary School. While we have 500 students, Tina gets to know each of them personally. She can call them by name and usually knows their family and distant relatives if they have been in town for any length of time. She brings a work ethic to her job that says, "Kids Deserve IT!" She goes all out for the students and their needs. Tina is one of the office staff that keeps the wheels of this educational train rolling smoothly. And it is her love and concern for the welfare of others, children and adults alike, that greases those sometimes squeaky wheels. Despite any set-backs or difficulties in her own life, Tina comes out smiling with a sunny disposition. Any of her own travails are not laid out on others; rather, she wants to address the needs of others first. On a personal level, Tina and her husband have raised their son, John, who has a diagnosis of autism. He is a fine young man who continues to live with his parents as he is employed at a workshop in town which helps challenged adults. Tina works daily with John, both before she comes to school and after school to see that he is doing his best and having the best experiences in life. She is well versed in life changing. Tina has been instrumental in changing the life of her son and many,many children, and she will be the first to tell you, John and all the other children in her life, have changed her life, all for the better. We are so fortunate to have this life changer at our school and in our world. Tina is a walking, talking blessing! Larry Alvarado, Dean of Students, Du Quoin Elementary School

JoAnn Posted over a year ago

Tena is my favorite. She is perfect

Deb woll Posted over a year ago

Tena is my most favorite cousin. She is the best!

Marlene Warren Posted over a year ago

Tena is more than worthy of this award. She is one of the most patient, most caring people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am not sure she is even aware that I had worked at a facility for several years that her son attended during the afternoons and summers. Oh how I looked forward to seeing his bright, friendly, smiling face....all due to her wonderful parenting skills. She is truly empathetic, and she carries that demeanor throughout the DES office. My children love her, and so do I!!!!!

Sara Colvin Posted over a year ago

Tena has always been the sweetest, most helpful person every time I am in DES office. She for sure deserves this recognition.

Jessi Posted over a year ago

Tena is exactly what you want your school secretary to be. She goes out of her way to help and always shows compassion and genuine concern for everyone.

Samantha Daniels Posted over a year ago

Such an amazingly sweet, kind, helpful woman. She would do just about anything for anyone. She has such a big heart! Du Quoin is so lucky and thankful to have her in out life's!! Mrs. Tina you are truly a blessing!!

Sharon Posted over a year ago

Tena is avery kind, thoughtful, and conscientious co-worker and friend. Her outgoing personality and smile are great assets to Du Quoin Elementary School.

Cindy Chapman Posted over a year ago

Tena is in the exact place where she is destined to be--working with our children. She is the sweetest person and truly loves helping others! Tena really is a life changer!

Kelcie Posted over a year ago

The world needs more people like her! She is so incredible, and helps anyone and everyone without hesitation. I don't think I've ever seen her without a smile!

Shannon Jones Posted over a year ago

Tena is wonderful! She has a smile on her face every time you see her. She goes over and above to help anyone. The world needs more people like Tena!!!!

Denise Posted over a year ago

Tina is so sweet and helpful to our young kids. She always has a smile and a kind word for everyone walking into the school office.Our children and school are very lucky to have her.

Jane Montgomery Posted over a year ago

I first was introduced to Tena and her family when I taught one of her children. She was kind and caring, and always positive in any interactions we had. She is a person who lights up a room when she enters it, with her cheery disposition. I, occasionally, enter the DES office with work from a DMS student that needs to be taken home with a sibling attending DES. It's always a pleasant experience, even if she's extremely busy, you still get a smile and a friendly wave. Her interactions with the students are always positive, even under differing circumstances. Tena truly loves her family and community. This caring attitude just spills over on everyone around her. Tena truly is a life changer to many people.

Scott Posted over a year ago

Tina is one of the nicest people both in and out of school. Tina is very deserving of this reward!

Alisha Posted over a year ago

She is the sweetest kindest woman !! She makes everything looks at ease we love her !!

Scott Loyd Posted over a year ago

I have known Tena for over 18 years and I tell you that she is someone that is very special. As a teacher to one of her children, I got to really experience the motherly side as she was involved with her child's learning along making sure that every student in my room had what they needed for community trips. Even though her child graduated several years ago, she is always asking if the classroom needs anything and how things are going. Working in the school for 18 years, I have had to the opportunity to see Tena's caring attitude in the office as she answers and takes care of phone calls in a very caring way. Tena loves her job, students, co-workers, and community. She sets the perfect example on how people should treat each other.

Loyann Lantzy Posted over a year ago

Tena Rennison is a caring woman with a gentle touch. She has a smile for every student, staff member, and visitor she sees and she makes every individual feel special. If you have questions, she answers PRONTO!

Aletha Jackson Posted over a year ago

Tena definitely keeps things running smooth at the school. Her interaction with people is a positive experience that gives everyone a homey feeling. You can't help but leave her conversation with a smile. That makes changes in people's life and their day.

Heather Willis Posted over a year ago

Tena's upbeat personality and friendly disposition are infectious. She is an asset to the school and always a pleasure to speak with. She is a wonderful person and is so deserving of this award.

Johanna Tolbert Posted over a year ago

Tena is always so helpful even now that I'm retired and call the school for information..DQ is lucky to have her on their staff!

Wendy Wear Posted over a year ago

Tena is amazing! I had the pleasure of writing with her for 4 years. She always has a smile on her face and a solution for any problem I had. The students, staff, and community love her and her willingness to help everyone. She SO deserves this award.

Kristi Posted over a year ago

Super friendly! Super energetic! Lovely person!

Traci Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Rennison is so deserving of this award. She is such a sweet lady... always smiling and she has such a positive, bubbly personality. She always has a smile for everyone. Anytime you call, or go to the office for anything she is always happy and eager to help. She is nice to every parent,child, and visitor. Our school is blessed to have her!!

Kasie harris Posted over a year ago

Tena is a terrific person. Over the years and through three kids she's always been so helpful, sweet, always smiling and willing to help. She is a very caring person. Every time I see her she asks about the kids still. She truly loves her job and the kids love her too.

Tameka Armstrong Posted over a year ago

Tena has always been very kind to me and my children.

Donna Newcomb Posted over a year ago

One of the nicest friendliest people I know always ready to go the extra mile to help any one in need. She deserves only the best!!

Corrie Iubelt Posted over a year ago

I worked with Mrs. Rennison back in 2002. She was always willing to help with anything we needed. She wad always wearing a smile that made the work place a great place to be. She is so deserving of this award!

Stacy Posted over a year ago

So deserving!!! Tena is wonderful ??

Heather Posted over a year ago

Tena is always a friendly face when I need to come into the office for whatever reason. She's super sweet and I know she cares about my kids and that means a lot. She's got a good heart!!

Mandir Posted over a year ago

Tena is always there to help and has a smile on her face while she does it. She is a true asset to our school!

Jennifer Posted over a year ago

Tena is ALWAYS willing to help.

Vanessa C. Posted over a year ago

Tena is the most helpful, thoughtful & generous person! She is always thinking of others before herself, she supports all people, all causes & events. There isn't any cause or program that is more important than another, she equally supports them all! She is always kind and willing to offer a listening ear or a helping hand. Tena deserves the title of Life Changer, because she helps change others by the life she lives daily.

Maureen Trinkle Posted over a year ago

So kind and friendly every time I pick the grandchildren up!!! Thank you for bringing kindness to DuQuoin!!!

Amanda h. Posted over a year ago

Tena deserves it. She is a great person with a big heart.

Destiny Posted over a year ago

Mrs Rennison is the sweetest person I know. She always goes above and beyond to brighten someone's day. She is always willing to help and listen. The school is blessed to have her. She deserves so much.

Richard Berg Posted over a year ago

Tena is a very good person who will do anything for you and deserve anys recognition that may come her way.

Tim Davis Posted over a year ago

Tena is always helpful and always nice. Even when you need her help MANY times during the school year. Currently at 6 times Tena!

Mary Stanhouse Posted over a year ago

Not only do I absolutely love Ms Tena but my girls do too! She made our time at DES wonderful. She always greets you with a huge smile and the kindest heart. My daughters didn't mind leaving the elementary school just didn't want to leave Ms Tena! She absolutely has a heart of gold and she is a blessing to our school.

Jennifer McClanahan Posted over a year ago

We love Tena. She is so good with the kids. I'm blessed to have her in my life. ??

Katie Posted over a year ago

Tena is always very helpful in the office and out of the office. She is truly a kind, loving, caring lady who goes above and beyond. I know i appreciate every time she is there to answer any question, or to just have a small chat.

Bekah Smith Posted over a year ago

School secretaries are so important for setting the mood in a school! Way to go, Tena!

Kimberly Posted over a year ago

Tena is so deserving of this! She always has a smile on her face and always goes above and beyond to help anyone. We are truly blessed to have her working in our school!

Candace C. Posted over a year ago

Tena will help you complete any task with a smile on her face, even if it's not in her job description!!

Kyle Posted over a year ago

One of the nicest & friendliest people I have ever been around and worked with! Always willing to go above and beyond for anyone in need of help!

Marsha Morgenstern Posted over a year ago

Life changer is exactly how I would describe Tena! Not only does she change the lives of students but parents, teachers, aides, administration, family and friends. She is always helpful, kind, caring and I have never seen this women have a bad day. Ms. Tena is a true angel and we are fortunate to have her watching over our children daily when they are not with us at school and even sporting events. Congrats Tena! You are a winner in the eyes of DuQuoin! ??

Donna Piper Posted over a year ago

Tena is simply the best!!

Farrah Kremer Posted over a year ago

Tena is such a sweet lady!! She's always helpful and does it all with a smile!! Definitely deserving of this reward!!

Robin Juhl Posted over a year ago

I have never seen her without a smile. I'm happy we have people like her there for the children and parents.

Julie Zoller Posted over a year ago

I have known Tena for a long time and she is the same sweet, kind, friendly, caring person that she always was. She really cares about her students and everyone in general. When I think of Tena I see her beautiful smile, because she always shares it with everyone. Du Quoin School system is lucky to have her. I can't think of anyone who deserves this award more than Tena.

Sheryl miller Posted over a year ago

Absolutely love this woman !! Always a smile and more then willing to help you with what ever she can..let's face it working in a building full of kids and still being able to make you smile ..well a lot of people do not pocess this ability..she's just awesome !!

Tim Davis Posted over a year ago

Tena is always extremely nice and helpful when I come to the school. I come there quite a bit (forgotten lunch boxes, music folders, or Mandie's forgotten lunch) and she is always willing to help

Kay Eaton Posted over a year ago

Tena is the nicest most pleasant person I know. She is always smilling and ready to give assistance. She cares about how she does her job, wants everything correct, and goes the extra mile in performing her duties. She works well with all staff and students. She is an great asset to Du Quoin Schools staff and really deserving of this award.

Minerva Fred Posted over a year ago

I can not say enough nice things about Tena Rennison. I've known her all of my life and what an asset she is to our district. She is always eager to help in any way possible. She has a smile that she shares with everyone, students and adults alike. She shows that she really cares about the students and their problems no matter how large or small the problem is. When I think of Tena I think of an unsung hero. She is certainly deserving of this honor. I am happy to call her not only my co-worker but also my friend.

Jamie Posted over a year ago

Tena is very deserving of this award. She is one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. I have never seen her without a smile on her face.

Jean Posted over a year ago

Tena is an asset to the Du Quoin School system and to our community. She is a blessing to have in the DES office.

Bob Posted over a year ago

Tena deserves this award because she cares about her job and goes beyond her job duties. She also cares about the students. Her smile and kind words of encouragement helps to brighten their day.

Heather Bookstaver Posted over a year ago

Tena is wonderful to work with. She gives more than her all everyday and does it with a smile. I can't even count how many times she has said "Don't worry, I'll take care of it!". She can always be counted on to be cheerful friendly and helpful. She knows everyone and how they are related! It is important in a small town to know the connectuons between individuals. She is truly a jem for all of us..

Traci DeMarie Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Rennison is not just a secretary but a true friend to her students. She treats them as if each and every one are her own. We are lucky to have her!!

Katie Bastien Posted over a year ago

Tina always amazes me with her friendly smile, helpfulness & kind hearted nature. Every time I leave the elementary office I think about how kind she is & how I've enjoyed our interaction.

Denise Jeffers Posted over a year ago

Tena is very deserving of this honor. She is a very kind, caring person that truly makes a difference in the lives of those around her!!

Denise Jeffers Posted over a year ago

Tena is very deserving of this honor. She is a very kind, caring person that truly makes a difference in the lives of those around her!!

Alexis Knapp Posted over a year ago

Tena is simply one of the sweetest most pleasant women I know. Always has a smile on her face and a kind word to share. She is wonderful with the kids, and always has a way to make them smile or laugh. She definitely deserves this!

Tina Posted over a year ago

Tena is such a sweet lady. Always has a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. So deserving of this award!

Michele Posted over a year ago

Tena is a true 100percent lovrable, kind and awesome person very deserving of this awsrd !

Jamie Gaine Posted over a year ago

Tena is simply an awesome person! She is one of the friendliest and most hardworking people that work at the school. She will stop what she is doing if you have a problem or question and help you out. When things seem impossible Tena will work to figure out a solution without complaining. She works hard and loves her job. You can tell how much she enjoys her job because you are always greeted with a smile when you walk in the office. She is a positive role model for the students at DES! Congratulations Tena!

Karen Humphreys Posted over a year ago

The most positive good hearted person I know. Tena puts the welfare of others first. She is the embodiment of what a life-changer is and should be.

Robyn Roach Posted over a year ago

I have known Tena most of her life and worked with her through the summer school program. She is never without a smile on her face. She is a very caring person. Willing to help anyone and everyone. I'm so happy for you Tena!! You are so deserving of this award.

Julie Griffin Posted over a year ago

Tena Rennison is a great asset to the Du Quoin School system. She is always more than willing to go out of her way, no matter the situation. She has a calm, level head in emergencies and can always be counted on to give encouragement or a hug when needed. Tena is one in a million and we are so very blessed to have her in our corner.

Debi Waggoner Posted over a year ago

Tena is kind, compassionate and always smiling! Congratulations on the much deserved nomination!

Barb McCrary Posted over a year ago

Although life has handed Tena some adversity in the past years she has grasped it and turned it into strength and kindness. She is always there when you need her and treats all children as her children. She always has a smile and a funny story to brighten your day. She IS a LifeChanger for us.

Christina Harsy Posted over a year ago

I've been working with Tena for 10 years. She is so helpful when I need anything. Tena will always stop what she is doing to help others with a smile. Tena keeps everything running!

Bunny Posted over a year ago

This nomination doesn't surprise me one bit. Tena has a heart of gold and she is the same way with family. She would do anything for anybody. I rarely get to see her anymore as I live in Missouri now but I know she is a pillar to her community and her family. We love you Tena and congrats on being nominated.

Debbie DeMent Posted over a year ago

Tena is a blessing to DES. She has been a lifelong friend of mine. She has so many attributes that make a great secretary for the school. You will always see a smile on her face and a very caring heart for others. She is great at helping to put a smile on anyone's face that comes in the office. She is a true life changer!

Angie Sheehan Posted over a year ago

Tena is so deserving of this award. She is kind and helpful to everyone who comes into the office, not to mention all that she does for the staff. Always smiling and cheerful!

Molly Kern Posted over a year ago

Tena is so deserving of this award. She is such a wonderful person! My son is just starting kindergarten this August and all I have heard is great things about her! She's already helped me out in getting us the lunch menus for the summer program. She has a cheery bright attitude. I know she's someone my son will look forward to seeing at school!

Leslie Small Posted over a year ago

Tena is an organizational wizard who coordinates the work of many with love and grace. As a new middle school teacher, I phoned her busy desk by mistake a few times and she never snapped at me once! Instead she welcomed me to the school and answered my questions too! I quickly learned she is fountain of knowledge and anyone who leaves her desk will be set on track for success with a smile. All who travel our halls will soon have a memory to add to the long list of stories of how Miss Tena helped them or made them feel special or otherwise saved the day. Tena, you are a life changer to all within your reach.

Suzan M Day Posted over a year ago

Tena is simply the BEST! Tena will do anything and everything she can for the students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and her Du Quoin community! She cares! She is definitely a life changer! I'm so proud of you, Tena!

Terry Young Posted over a year ago

Tena is the sunlight on the dark days, she is the embodiment of life changer. She helps everyone have a better day.

Angie Sheehan Posted over a year ago

Tena Rennison is such an important part of our elementary school. She goes out of her way to help everyone. She is so deserving of this award.

Cindy Winter Posted over a year ago

I was so thrilled to see that Tena has been nominated for this honor! She is a life-long friend of mine. She admits to absolutely loving her job at Du Quoin Elementary. She is a kind and caring person with so much love to give. I am honored to call her my friend. Congratulations, Miss Tena!

Adrienne Alvis Posted over a year ago

Tena is such a warm and friendly face and a huge help every time I come into the DES office! My kids love her and she is truly deserving of this award!

Lori Ichou Posted over a year ago

I could not think of anyone more deserving of this award. Tena is such a wonderful woman and always a positive influence for the kids. Everyone who walks into the office is always greeted with a smile. She is a huge asset to the school and shows the students how much she cares. Congratulations Tena very well deserved!!

Michelle Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Rennison is such a sweet and caring lady. She is always so helpful and always has a smile on her face.

Jan Posted over a year ago

Having worked closely with Tena for many years I can say she is one of the most positive, caring, and uplifting people I have ever worked with. She loves kids and in her current position as secretary is an ambassador for du quoin elementary school. She truly deserves this award

Shirley Ramsey Posted over a year ago

Even though Tina has had her share of your life's heartache, still wears that big small and has a kind word for those she meets. She's always at one's beck and call to lend a helping hand in anyway she can. I've seen her treat children of all ages with kindness. She's definitely deserves this award with high honors.

Melaina Harsy Posted over a year ago

I can't think of a more deserving person. Tena is one of the best that you'll ever meet! She is truly a great person.

Allison Dublo Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of working with Tena for several years. She is definitely my go to person when I have a question or concern. If she doesn't know the answer, she will do her best to find someone who does. Tena is a rock star!!!!!

Debbie Pierce Posted over a year ago

Tena is a great person! She is always willing to help with whatever problems may arise. She is very deserving of this award.

Kelly stacey Posted over a year ago

Tena Rennison has such a positive and caring spirit. She warms and lights up hearts of those she touches. She volunteers for fundraisers for scholarships, she sells tickets for sporting events and she greets everyone she meets with a smile. We have all run into that public servant who forgot why they work in the public sector, not Tena. She lives and breathes for the work she does without negativity. She really is a kind, loving and wonderful person. She has truly changed the lives of students, teachers and the public she serves.

Shawn Kellerman Posted over a year ago

Tena deserves this honor without a doubt!! She is a dear friend and Im sure a wonderful co worker !! She has a very full plate at work and home but handles it all with Grace!

Sherry Green Posted over a year ago

Tena is one of the most caring people I know. She is a wonderful person to work with and a great friend. Always a smile on her face!

Marcy Robison Posted over a year ago

Tena is so sweet and caring! She is a welcoming face as kids, parents, and teachers come in District #300 Elementary School.

Jennifer Craft Posted over a year ago

Tena is so deserving. She is such a great help and always pleasant. I love working with her. Every time you go to her she says, "What can I help you with?" And always finds a way to help.

Kelly stacey Posted over a year ago

Tena Rennison is a life changer! Her word is solid and true. She is a pillar of the community and makes such a difference in the lives of children. She volunteers for school functions and for fundraising for scholarships. Her positive attitude is infectious. She gets my vote 100%!

Melissa Simmons Posted over a year ago

Tena is truly an amazing person at her job. As a parent, she has always given me reassurance of things done well at the school. She is always pleasant and ready to help parents and children alike however she can. I dread the last day of elementary school for my youngest for these reasons. Congrats Tena!

Stephanie Day Posted over a year ago

Tena goes above and beyond for everyone at DES. I cannot think of anyone else more deserving!

Tara Eaton Trickett Posted over a year ago

Tena is one of the most caring individuals you will ever meet. Add that to pleasant, friendly, helpful, & hardworking---this award doesn't go to a more deserving person. In every aspect of her life, she is always putting others and their best interest at the forefront. This is the true definition of "Life changer".

Cindy Heape Posted over a year ago

I first met Tena when I was an aide working with her special needs son. We developed a friendship that is as strong today as it was then. She has helped me immensely in my work as an aide. Her friendly smile and positive attitude are the highlights of my day.

Judy Beckham Posted over a year ago

Tena is one of the sweetest, kindest, and special person I know. She always has time for you no matter how busy she is. She always says " good morning" or "what can I help you with." She is a great friend and co-worker. She brings so much to DES that you can't even imagine. We love you Tena!

Kacey Eisenhauer Posted over a year ago

We love her! She is so friendly and helpful on a daily basis. Always there with a smile on her face!

Rob Posted over a year ago

This is 100% true about Tena. She never meets a stranger and somehow manages to find someone she knows even when hundreds of miles from home. She goes above and beyond to help the students and employees of the district.

Julie Behm Posted over a year ago

Tena ROCKS! She goes over and beyond in her job. I love her as a friend and co-worker! She deserves this award!

Bethany Valier Posted over a year ago

I love working with Tena! She's always positive and in a good mood. She's willing to help anyone in any way she can. Anytime I have a question or need something she is willing to find the answer or help me. Thank you Tena for all of your hard work!

Sherry Green Posted over a year ago

Tena is one of the most caring people I know. She is a wonderful person to work with and a great friend. Always a smile on her face!

Patty James Posted over a year ago

Tena is a sweet, happy and kind person no matter where she is. She is always helpful and nice. Never heard her say a unkind word. Love calling her a friend. She is a big asset to our school system and our commumity!

Melissa Posted over a year ago

It is such a privilege to be able to work side by side with Tena every day. She is always smiling and happy, she doesn't let things get her attitude down. She is always willing to help people, even if it isn't in her job description. She started as just a coworker, but now she is my friend.

Christi Mathis Posted over a year ago

Tena is one of those rare people who TRULY cares. She cares about the school, the community and each and every person in that school. Du Quoin is fortunate to have her.

Katlyn Swallers Posted over a year ago

I'm so proud of my Aunt Tena! Every time I see her at school, she always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She is very thoughtful of others and she is very kind. Way to go Aunt Tena!!

Melissa Posted over a year ago

Tena is always helpful and so friendly. Our elementary school and us parents would be lost without Tena!

Peyton Gregory Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Rennison is very helpful and sweet each time I visit the school! It is a pleasure to see her each time I go in to the Office! She is very deserving of this award.

Nancy Ragland Posted over a year ago

Tena is such a sweet, caring person. Don't think I have ever seen her in a bad mood. She is always happy, smiling, and just a sweetheart!! She is a multi-tasker and can help with any problem and still have that smile on her face. Love this lady

Elaine Dawson Posted over a year ago

Tena is a great person, the school staff is lucky to have a great person like her!

Sarah Carter Posted over a year ago

Tena is one of the most caring people to work with. She is never too busy to be friendly and ask how you are doing. She works hard and puts in many hours including working extra at District ball games. I am thankful to get to work with her.

Megan Schneider Posted over a year ago

Tena is an amazing asset to DuQuoin Elementary School. She is always smiling and positive. She answers all questions with a wonderful attitude and has incredible patience. I absolutely loved her as a co-worker and continue to love her as a friend! She is so deserving of this and I am thrilled to see her nomination!

Tara Pyron Posted over a year ago

You can't have a bad day around this lady. Always there to lift you up. She has a staple of the school and a friend to everyone.

Mandie Posted over a year ago

Tena is always friendly. Even when a situation may not be the best, she always keeps a smile on her face. I have told numerous people that she is such a positive person. Just being around her makes you in a better mood.

Connie Shryock Posted over a year ago

Everything that Ms. Rea said is 100% true. The way you communicate to "your" kids, parents and teachers always provides positive resolution to all situations. Your smiling face and sunny disposition are a welcomed sight.

Ami Jo Posted over a year ago

SO SO SO PROUD to call her my aunt! She never meets a stranger and she has the biggest heart. You can tell that she loves her job so much and all the kids and coworkers that go with it!

Cathy Chaney Posted over a year ago

Tena is truly one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. She is such a humble person, she probably doesn't realize how many lives she has ACTUALLY touched and blessed over the years...both young and old...Tena is and has been a Lifechanger for many!

Laura Rea Posted over a year ago

Tena has always addressed whatever questions or needs I've had with patience no matter how busy she is! She is our go-to girl and we are lucky to have her. She is a wonderful co-worker and friend! We love Tena!

Misty Perschbacher Posted over a year ago

I've always had a very pleasant experience anytime I went in with a question. She is definitely in the right field of work.

Becky Sloan Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Tena!! I always know if I have a question Tena will be right there with the answer or help figure it out. She has given many years to district 300 and the school has been blessed for that. Way to go Tena!!

Ashley Cook Posted over a year ago

Tena is amazing at her job and always has an answer (or will find one)! She is also a great friend and co-worker. She has a huge heart and always has a smile or a hug for you when needed. <3

Rosie Coltrin Posted over a year ago

My Aunt Tena is always talking about what she does at school and it shows that she loves it! You go, Aunt Tena!!

Terri Benson Posted over a year ago

Tena is a wonderful asset for our school. She is a friendly face that greets people as they come into our school. She knows everyone and is always helpful. If you are having a really hard day she will give you chocolate. We love her. Mm

Robin Hepp Posted over a year ago

Tena is fabulous! I can't imagine doing without her when we enrolled 3 new students this past year. She was so helpful. We called on several occasions for information about this or that and she always made me feel like she had all the time in the world to help me even though I know how busy it must have been! Congratulations Tena, well deserved!