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Christine Charlton of the Children’s Learning & Research Center is Employee of the Month for November

Christine Charlton, an instructor of early care and education in the Children's Learning and Research Center (CLRC), has been selected as Old Dominion University's Employee of the Month for November.

Charlton, who began her career at ODU in 2007, is a graduate of the University and has been teaching at the CLRC for 12 years.

"Christine's teaching philosophy has had a direct effect on the students that are in her class by fostering a culture of love, play and exploration in a safe environment," said Janet McLaughlin, resident district manager for Monarch Dining, who nominated Charlton for the award. "Every year she hosts a lemonade stand to raise money for CHKD that allows the children to make lemonade and sell it out from their playground as a fundraiser. In addition, the children take numerous field trips to Broderick Dining Commons for cooking classes and plantings in the cultivator."

McLaughlin added that Charlton provides exceptional service to internal and external customers.

"She is a great communicator and makes sure that parents know what their children are learning every day," McLaughlin said. "She has done a great job of utilizing the resources on campus to enable the children to take field trips, visits to dining services, the robot lab, the engineering department, Diehn for dance and music, the library, Barry Art Museum, Strome, Webb Center and the Student Success Center.

"She has created an energetic, learning environment for the children that fosters their creativity, diversity and inclusion as well as their self-confidence."

The University Employee of the Month Selection Committee encourages employees to nominate their outstanding "go the extra mile" colleagues and employees. This program is designed to acknowledge and reward employees whose accomplishments and demeanor exemplify excellence, quality service and commitment to ODU. Classified and AP faculty employees receive a framed certificate from the president, $175 and one day of leave. Hourly winners get $250, since they are not eligible to receive recognition leave.

The selection committee needs specific examples that relate to each applicable criterion in order to select a nominee for the award. Nominations remain active for six months from date of submission and nominators may submit additional documentation to support a nominee during the active six months.

The criteria used to nominate an employee include the following:

  • An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the department/students.
  • Extraordinary service to internal and/or external customers.
  • Inspiring initiative/leadership.
  • Enthusiasm/energy given to assigned work.
  • Teamwork.
  • Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility.
  • Creative innovations to service, process or work tools.

For more information, contact Jerry Dye at jedye@odu.edu or 683-3046, or visit ODU's Employee of the Month website.

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