Meet Team AISD

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

Earlynn Williams

Position: 
Administrative Assistant III
Department/School: 
Office of Student Services
Previous Occupations at AISD: 
Administrative Assistant III, Clerk, and Part-time Secretary
Years at AISD: 
41

WHAT I DO:
I am responsible for processing guardianships and researching students' records for Immigration Services, passports and the IRS. In addition, I research and compile student records for court trials and assist attorneys and other agencies with information for other legal proceedings. I determine student residence by researching records at Travis County Appraisal District as well as looking at Student Legacy data and SASI history. I problem solve with families to determine the appropriate school enrollments for their children, within Board policy. I coordinate with Project HELP staff immediated enrollment, I assist with student records requests, and compile all end-of-the-year district-wide student records. I also distribute all six-weeks reports, provide general services to the public on student record matters, keep records of purchased maps, and make deposits to Accounts Receivable.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WORKING AT AISD:

  • Great people throughout the district, some of whom have come and gone but who have left precious memories with me that I will never forget.  
  • Parents who have come through the Office of Student Services, whether for a transfer or guardianship or just to find out where to go to school, are amazing.
  • The teamwork between our department and the schools.
  • The relationships that we have established with each other in an effort to serve our community’s children to the best of our abilities.
  • The fact that AISD genuinely cares about the needs of its children; not just the academic needs-but also the social, mental, and physical needs.
  • Spring Break and the other holidays that AISD gives its employees.
  • My wonderful supervisor who is very understanding, considerate and always willing to help in any given situation and that is important on any job.

THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT THE WORK I DO:

  • Contributing to the life of a child.
  • Helping the children not only overcome their difficulties but, also finding a school that will meet their needs socially and help them to succeed in school.
  • Helping students understand the need of getting an education no matter what area of town they live in.
  • Knowing that I have touched the lives of a parents in just listening to them and letting them express their concerns.

MY GREATEST MEMORY IN AISD:
One day I talked with a parent in tears who was concerned that her child was dating a black student. That seemed to be acceptable until her daughter’s grades started to go down. Then it became a black/white issue. The young lady became rebellious against her parent so her mother wanted me to talk with her and I did. I allowed the young lady to call me at home when she wanted to talk. One evening she called and while talking I found out that her mother had married out of her race so this young lady couldn’t understand why she was giving her so much grief. A year went by and then one morning I looked up and the mother was standing over me, and said, “I just had to come by and give you a hug. My daughter is at UT and making good grades, thank you.” To this day, I still receive a Christmas card from the mother every year.

The true moral of this story is that you never know whose life you may touch, so be sensitive to the needs of others. To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

THE BIGGEST CHANGE I HAVE SEEN DURING MY TIME WITH AISD:
AISD's student population has grown exponentially during my time here. When I came aboard in 1971, the district was ordered to close Anderson High School and Kealing Middle School and bus black students to white schools. AISD rose to the mandate and in 1984 was honored by the National Education Association for making desegregation work. In 1974, six grade centers opened. Not only was the number of schools growing, but our communities as well. It has been amazing to see AISD grow from around 50,000 students to more than 86,000 students.

However, I have seen other accomplishments as well. Over the past few years, AISD has made our work more efficient (payroll systems, HR systems, purchasing systems, and student data systems). The district has also addressed the challenges that come about with diversity, with budgetary constraints, and with bullying by establishing offices and committees to address these challenges.

WHAT I’D SAY TO A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE:
AISD is a challenging and rewarding place to be employed. It is challenging because it is a large school district with considerable diversity and student needs, which at times can be very challenging.  However, working together as a unit and with the community in serving the students is rewarding. Seeing a child, a family, and a community succeed as a result of our collaborations is rewarding. It is also very satisfying to work for a district that genuinely cares about the success of its students and its employees.

MY WORDS OF WISDOM TO AISD NEW HIRES:
Make personal connections with those you work with. When you are given a job to do give it your best at all times.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME:
Working for AISD was my first job.

WORDS I LIVE BY:
It doesn’t cost you anything to be nice. When one door is closed another one opens and is usually the best one for you.

MY 5 FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT AUSTIN:

  • Diverse groups of people live in Austin
  • Great schools and teachers
  • Great entertainment – music city
  • Great shopping centers and diversity in restaurants
  • Zachary Scott Theater and UT Bass Concert Hall have wonderful shows