Jean Carver helping students
Jean Carver’s major focus is on getting the job done. She enjoys working behind the scenes, putting the pieces together and achieving a positive outcome for those involved. She is the go-to person for every new hire, work-study, substitute and administrative employee. She is invaluable to Seattle Vocational Institute, not just because she is in charge of payroll and making certain everyone’s paperwork for hiring, TLR forms and substitute pay is in place. Without her interaction and expertise no one would be paid on time.
Jean has been chosen to receive the staff recognition award not just because of the job she does, but because of the manner in which she does her job. She is level-headed, professional and kind. Her thoroughness in walking new employees and work study students through the employment and payroll process is amazing. She collects and dispenses information in a timely and organized way. There is never an issue of missing paperwork, lost files or incorrect information. This is no small feat. Every person who leaves her desk, leaves on a positive note. While others may seek the limelight, Jean is content to let her work speak for itself.
“I love the varied components of this job,” Jean said. “I am detail-oriented, but I love meeting people and talking to people about their goals and aspirations. When I give an employment packet to a new employee and walk them through each step, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. It is like putting together a puzzle, you have to make certain all the pieces are present and then make sure that everything fits. ”
In addition to payroll, she is the first person we ask to organize SVI events and activities. She gives committee members their assignments and makes sure they follow through on each task they are given.
Outside of Seattle Vocational Institute, Jean is fully vested in the lives of her five children and two grandchildren. Her family is a reflection of her and she is rightfully very proud of them. Jean is a reserved individual, but if you ask a question about her family, you will learn a lot about her. Each child has achieved success in their chosen field, from the freelance writer who is also a marketing fundraiser- to the Waste Management supervisor who travels throughout the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho to ensure employees are trained properly – to the lawyers, one a criminal defense attorney, the other a corporate attorney who handles compliance law and investigates equal employment opportunity complaints – to her youngest, a Certified Nursing Assistant who will pursue a career in Nursing specializing in elder care and geriatrics, she has been the major influence on each one. She literally beams at the mention of her grandchildren and it is clear they also have bright futures awaiting them.
Jean plans to travel upon retirement, but mainly to visit her children and help manage, organize and assist them in their many endeavors. She also enjoys reading, crosswords, bowling and of course figuring things out. As invaluable to her family as she has proven to be at SVI, there is no one more deserving of this award. We honor her with this Outstanding Staff Recognition Award as a small expression of how much she is valued and appreciated by the staff, faculty and students at SVI.