Judy Strong is a Secretary 2 for the Educational Service Agency (ESA) in the Specialized Student Services department.

How long have you been in your position?

5 years

Who is your supervisor?

Jeffrey Niess

How many employees work in your program?

In house we have a team of 10. I support 28 school districts with 221 employees and 50 contracted employees.

Who are your program’s customers?

Smaller school districts and ESDs contract with us for their Special Education.

Do you work with other agencies?


Where do employees in your program work?

We have 28 districts: Bickleton, Centerville, Dayton, Dixie, Glenwood, Goldendale, Green Mountain, Kahlotus, Kalama, Klickitat, Lake Quinault, Lyle, Methow Valley, Mill A, Mt. Pleasant, Naselle, Ocean Beach, Orondo, Raymond, Roosevelt, Skamania, Stevenson-Carson, Toutle Lake, Trout Lake, Wahkiakum, Waterville, White Salmon, and Wishram.

What are your biggest strengths – what expertise can you share with the group?

I am great at multi-tasking. My duties include: Ordering supplies, professional development for paras and staff, credit cards, purchase orders, core team meetings, ordering and distributing assessments. I handle about four databases. PdEnroller, Right Response, and other duties that are assigned. I receive a lot of phone calls and email daily so I make a list. That is helpful to look back on and make sure everything is completed.

What do you like most about working here?

I like the people I work with. Although the last year as been so different. I never thought I would be excited for a zoom meeting to see and hear from all the secretaries I work with. I also have an amazing boss who communicates well. I really like the communication we have in this department.

What is the best memory you have from your work here so far?

Wow I have so many memories. I have worked here at the ESD for 20 years in different departments. It’s hard to name just one. Knowing that I have helped an employee or a co-worker brings me a lot of joy.