Dawn Hedelson

Office Assistant/Secretary
26 years

For most of my years, I welcomed parents, students, and visitors
to REAMS. I managed all office expectations which included
track substitutes, attendance, and doing everyday office duties.

I volunteered at the elementary school when my kids were
young and really liked the teachers. My first job was in 1995. I
was a playground supervisor and worked two hours a day. I
worked on the playground, in the health office as a health aide,
and I covered the office staff for breaks. I became full-time in
1997 as an Office Assistant/Secretary. Going to work each day
was a no brainer. I really enjoyed the variety of my job and
talking to parents and hearing all the exciting stories about
students. Everyday was different and my coworkers were
pretty fun to work with!

Some changes I’ve seen over the years were the new
elementary school, new Community Center, tennis courts, and
track, the elementary school became an Arts Magnet School, the
middle school became a STEM School and the high school
became an IB School.

A few of my most memorable moments were the PIE Fundraiser
carnivals which I volunteered at every year. I also enjoyed
Kindergarten Round-up. It was so much fun to see all of the JOY
on each child’s face!!

I’ve learned a lot by working at REAMS. Don’t take people for
granted. You don’t know their stories. Everyone has a story.
Don’t assume it’s all fine. Kindness is the most important thing.
The REAMS staff and students know this all too well and live it

During retirement, I will spend more time with my wonderful
retired husband, my two kids (both went through the Rockford
School system), and three amazing granddaughters! I also plan
on traveling, hiking, playing tennis and pickleball and
volunteering more at the Rockford Food Shelf.


Retirees from past years