“I’ve never won such an honor before so I was in complete shock when I found out. I’m almost speechless about the whole thing,” Snyder said. “I still don’t know what to say other than I’m blown away and greatly honored to have such an award coming my way.”
When asked why she thought she had been named the employee of the year, Snyder said she couldn’t possibly answer the question. But after a long pause, she offered a personal explanation.
“I know that I’m a hard worker. I put my heart and soul into everything that I do. I really do care about the kids and doing a good job. I strive to do my best in everything that I do,” said Snyder, who’s worked with the Henry County Public School system nutrition department for three years now. “I really enjoy being around the kids and working with the kids. I really enjoy feeding the kids and making sure they eat well. We’re able to relate with the younger kids, have relationships and interact with them and make it more fun for them. Being here with the kids is a hoot. I really do love it. I love it a lot!”
Snyder was nominated by her cafeteria manager at Campbellsburg, Toni Jackson, who had no problem explaining why Snyder is worthy of the accolade.
“I chose to nominate Hillary because she has strived to learn more and to make herself a friendly face to the kids here. She has tried to learn as many names as she can and helps the kids when they are upset or if they have a problem, like drop their food,” Jackson said. “This is her first year at this school and her first year as a cashier. She has caught on fast!”
Snyder will be recognized at a red carpet awards ceremony at the national SNA conference in July in St. Louis. SNA is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.
“State was super fun last year, but this will be my first national conference and I’m super excited about it,” Snyder said. “I’m sure I’m going to learn a lot and meet a lot of great people there.”
And while Snyder will be the one receiving the award this summer, Jackson said she would like to acknowledge the efforts of all her staff members.
“I would like to thank Hillary, along with my other staff, for the work they do every day; it isn't always easy. The work they do here is incredible, and I think they all deserve an award,” Jackson said. “I think Hillary will represent Campbellsburg Elementary School and Henry County Public Schools very well at both the state and national conferences.”