June 14, 2018
Eric Priest was chosen as the Wakulla County School District Employee of the Month for June.
“Eric was selected to be recognized for his positive impact on the Wakulla County School District in our Technology Department. We are happy to be able to spotlight his service in an area that does vital work behind the scenes. Technology touches everything we do,” said Superintendent Bobby Pearce.
Priest grew up in Tallahassee, graduating from Rickards High School. He went on to earn certification as a Fiber Optic Technician through the National Center for Technological Instruction (NCTI).
After working for Comcast as a Service Technician for 13 years, then as a Project Manager at DEA Solutions for 6 years, Priest came to Wakulla County School District in 2013. He just completed his fifth year as Infrastructure Technician.
He got to see the Wakulla School District in action while working for DEA Solutions. Notes Priest, “At DEA I was hired to do multiple projects for WCSB. I liked working with the WCSB team members and enjoyed the work environment.”
His supervisor Tim Stephens, Director of Information Technology for WCSB, says, “Eric is an integral part of the Technology team. His hard work and professionalism are hard to put into words, but easy to recognize.”
For example, during the 2017-2018 school year, the WCSB Technology Department ordered 230 new Mimio Interactive Whiteboards and 150 projectors to be installed throughout seven Wakulla schools.
Explains Stephens, “Eric was given the daunting task of installing all of the new technology. He methodically went school by school, room by room, and never once complained of having too much to do.”
“On several occasions I offered to provide him any assistance he needed, but his response was always the same: ‘I got this’. Without his hard work and dedication, this project would not have had the success that is has.”
Priest truly likes his involvement with Wakulla School District, noting, “The most enjoyable part of my job is the people. I enjoy the friendships that have been made and the work environment. The Wakulla IT Department and all of the school personnel I encounter make this a great place to work. It’s never a chore.”
Adds Stephens, “Eric is an employee that I can count on to get the job done right. He shows up every day ready to work and is always willing to lend a helping hand.”