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Posted April 18, 2013

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Vickie Pierson, health assistant at North Star ES

Vickie Pierson, the health assistant at North Star Elementary, began working when she was 18 in a high-end women's clothing store in her hometown of St. Joseph, MO. “I was clueless and I worked with two old women who took me under their wings and made me laugh," she recalled.

After moving to Albuquerque, she worked at American Furniture for three years, then UNM in the alumni office for another three years. She then took a little time off to have her kids.

In 1985 she began working for APS and spent the next five years as a “general helper” in the Mark Twain Elementary cafeteria. Vickie then worked as an educational assistant in the ISP at Mark Twain.

Vickie began her career as “Health Assistant Extraordinaire” working for two years with Deborah Garvey-Milford, school nurse at Mark Twain. Together they opened the health office at the new Double Eagle Elementary. Vickie remained at Double Eagle for the next 12 years, working with school nurse Jan Larsson.

Vickie then helped school nurse Dawn Murphy open the health office at the new North Star Elementary in January 2007. She has been at North Star since, taking care of children, sharing wisdom and making others including school nurse Terry Haley laugh.

Now she has decided it’s time to retire. Vickie has always liked to read, so she'll probably be seen cruising the aisles at libraries around town. She is looking forward to sleeping in, having quiet mornings at home, shopping for herself, indulging in Pinterest and enjoying a good Mexican food meal. She and her husband Jay will be celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary. Vickie has a son and daughter and six grandchildren whom she plans to spoil rotten when she retires.

She is going to be missed at North Star, where they hope she'll drop by every so often to share a laugh.

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