Keeping Whitfield County's top three floors of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Dalton in "immaculate" condition keeps Teresa Tucker constantly on the go.
In fact, the Buildings & Grounds crew member estimates she walks three to four miles every day as she completes her rounds to keep the offices clean and tidy.
"Teresa is the perfect example of someone who loves her job," says co-worker Justin Ramos, who successfully nominated her as Whitfield County Employee of the Month for July, "and loves making people's day brighter. She always has a smile on her face when I see her and is always happy to help anyone in need. She goes above and beyond in anything that she does. Teresa is one of the most genuine people and one of the hardest workers I know."
Ramos says Tucker has helped with "so many things" during the past four years "and continues to go above and beyond with her duties every day."
"She keeps our facility immaculate, is always working on something extra, and is always finding ways to make our facility cleaner and just overall healthier for us to be in," Ramos said.
Two other co-workers -- Valeria Perez and Blanca Cardona -- also nominated Tucker for the monthly award.
"Teresa is always coming to work with a positive attitude," they said. "She's constantly helping people when asked of her and was an over-the-top help when we made the move to the new building. She reflects a great work ethic that is admirable to anyone."
Tucker also travels to the post office and courthouse daily and handles all incoming, outgoing and interoffice mail.
"Teresa always helps in directing the public and answering their questions whenever they come in lost and confused," Ramos said. "She never has to be asked and always jumps in to assist them anytime they are in need."
To let local residents get to know her better, Tucker filled out the following fun questionnaire.
Time with the county: Four years.
Where I went to high school: McCreary Central High, Stearns, Kentucky.
My role as a county employee: I'm responsible for ensuring all the offices on third, fourth, fifth floors of the Wells Fargo building are in tip-top shape. I also handle all incoming, outgoing and interoffice mail. I go to the post office and to the courthouse every day.
What keeps my job interesting: I'm up moving around, working, walking and talking to different people. I walk on average three to four miles a day at work! So, I'm getting exercise while getting paid!
What gives me a sense of accomplishment on the job: When the public and my co-workers tell me that I do a great job.
The most important thing I've done on the job: I've met some really nice people and made so many friends. I love my co-workers.
Where I grew up: Stearns, Kentucky.
Family: My husband, two sons, one daughter, one son-in-law and two grandchildren.
After work, I enjoy: Relaxing in my pool and spending time with my family.
Community activities: Burr Park concerts.
Favorite TV show: "Inside Edition" with Deborah Norville. She's from Dalton.
Favorite sport/team: Basketball/ Kentucky Wildcats.
Favorite meal: Rainbow trout.
Favorite song: "Kentucky Rain" by Elvis Presley. It was written by Eddie Rabbitt. I met him when I was younger and got his autograph and a kiss!
Favorite Whitfield County restaurant: Cracker Barrel.
Favorite Whitfield County event: The annual Whitfield County Employee Recognition Luncheon. I get to see co-workers that I've worked with in the past, eat a great meal, and get a chance to win really nice prizes.
You can pick four people to have dinner with (anyone from any time in history) -- who are your four people and why? My mom, my two sisters and my brother because they have all passed away and I miss all of them so much!
I'm most proud of: My children.
Cats or dogs? Both.
Cake or pie? Pie.
Favorite car? 1967 Chevrolet Corvette.
Host or be hosted? Hosted.
Early riser or sleep-in? Sleep-in.
Favorite vacation ever: Wilderness in the Smokies -- I love water parks!
Best teacher I ever had: Mrs. Debbie Van Hoose, my high school drama teacher.
Pet peeve: Mean people.
If I've learned one thing in life, it's: What goes around, comes around.
Who has had the most impact on my life: My grandmother, who taught me to live my life with integrity.
What's left on my bucket list: To go to Hawaii.
If I could have been in any profession of my choosing, I would have been a: My dream job is to be a remote medical coder and work from home. I have already gotten my degree. I just have to pass my certification and get some experience.
If I could have two wishes, they would be: 1. A cure for cancer. 2. A cure for Alzheimer's. Both of these diseases have affected my loved ones.
You'd be surprised to learn that I: Have lived in Germany.
The best advice I ever got: Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones.
Anything else you'd like to say: Being chosen as Whitfield County's July 2019 Employee of the Month is a huge honor and really means a lot to me that people think that highly of me. I would like to thank the people who nominated me. I'm very appreciative.