Tenure: 13 years
Positions Held at GA:
- Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Head of School, Director of Faculty Relations, and Director of Human Resources – 2006 to 2010
- Assistant to the Director of Human Resources – 2010 to 2013
- Executive Assistant to the Head of School – 2013 to 2019
- Distinguished Achievement Award in 2012
Why Jo Stayed:
- Our faculty and staff who, from day one, made me feel so welcome.
- Fun times in "Room 100" with Suzie Perot, Maggie McVeigh, and Carolyn Klemens
- Patriot Village
- The great friends I've made over the years, some of whom I know I will keep in touch with.
- The fun Head of School gifts to faculty and staff that Barbara, Anne, Deb, and I assembled together (cacti, Civility Pledge M&M's in those dandy dispensers, mugs with hot chocolate and GA marshmallows!)
- Our "Girls Who Eat Lunch at Their Desks" group that meets for lunch every Wednesday at 12:00 – love those girls.
Jo is thankful for:
- Our Head of School who cares deeply about each and every one of us and who also pushes me out of my comfort zone to help me learn and develop in my position.
- Our fabulous staff who work so hard behind the scenes to keep GA cranking.
- The great feeling of community and camaraderie at GA, especially through the rough times.
Gifts to the Community:
- The beauty of what the well-organized mind can achieve especially when coupled with compassion and consideration
- A reminder that true collaboration, at its finest, makes innovation and progress possible
- A patient approachability that invites colleagues to share their feelings and ideas and seek her insight and wisdom
- The soul of discretion
- The portrait of a deep-down good person achieving both professional and personal goals, doing the work that makes her happy.
- A fun-loving spirit always ready to smile and enjoy the moment
- The uncanny capacity for finding joy in mundane tasks and extraordinary undertakings, equally.
- Sweet and soft, solid steel
What Rich Schellhas Will Remember Most about Jo:
Jo was one of the first kind souls I encountered at GA, and I knew I had found a professional soulmate at first sight. Easy with a smile, nearly impossible to fluster, efficient beyond even my ridiculous expectations, and deservedly proud of a job well done, Jo Supplee survived what for many would have been the final challenge: transitioning from the easy-going, 'all-in-good-time' Southern gentleman style of former Head Jim Connor 1760 to, well, me – a completely impatient New Yorker who, often at the last minute, has a great idea that needs to happen. Right now. The year the three of us all worked together (aka the year Jo didn't kill us or even quit) she somehow managed to shift gears not just hourly but minute by minute to single-handedly meet the needs of two polar opposites. I love that Jo is (or very convincingly pretends to be!) excited when asked to learn something new, and how, hours later, she has mastered it and is ready for more. She is wonderfully stoic, fiercely loyal, quietly ambitious, deeply feeling, and always ready to stand up for what is right. I often say that everyone who works at GA, regardless of title, teaches; Jo has taught me great lessons, and I will miss her daily camaraderie deeply.
"The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time." (James Taylor)
Next Page of Life:
- The three R's: rest, relax, rejuvenate.
- Travel with my hubby.
- I hope to read more - maybe join a book club, spend time with friends I don't see as often as I'd like, take some cooking classes.
- My son is getting married in September, and I'm looking forward to starting my grandparent role.
- If need be, find a fun part-time job.
What Jo Will Miss Most:
- The fabulous people I interact with every day
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