“It is my pleasure and honor to award the Friend of WALA to Shahla Merriman. The person is best described with a series of adjectives:
Adaptable: She is able to change gears on the fly and makes any change meaningful and purposeful.
Ambitious: She will get ahead in life looking for special opportunities to better her life, yet more importantly, your life. She is not afraid to work
the extra hours to make any project perfect and meaningful.
Compassionate: She always tries to do something to help ease a persons pain or suffering. She has stepped up to help those around her in school, her community, and her family.
Diligent: She will work tirelessly until the task/job is complete. She pays special attention to detail and assures those around her in the office, school house, and community the final outcome will be successful.
Empathetic: She is capable of listening and understanding your needs through your perspective. She never passes judgment and only reaffirms in a caring word or gesture.
Intuitive: I am impressed with her ability to operate in stressful times by instinct. She demonstrates a special sense for any given situation. She presents things in a way that everyone is able to understand.
Inventive: She is able to find creative, ingenious ways to solve problems. I like to refer to her as McGyver when it comes to her computer skills and knowledge of technology.
Passionate: This young lady loves life and all those around her! I rarely if ever see her without a smile on her face or a giggle.
Persistent: I have never seen her give up on an issue even if things look imminent. She works to always find a solution to any given challenge. I would share that her job is very challenging every month, but won’t tell you why since it would give it away as to who this person is at this time.
Practical: She always looks at things through a practical lens. She is always prepared for nearly any situation that may arise in and out of her work setting.
Reliable: I can say without question she is trustworthy and has demonstrated that in her school setting with administration, teaching staff, community members, and family.
Resourceful: She is capable of using necessary resources and seeking new resources to solve a challenge. She is able to see things others don’t in developing solutions.”
~ Brad Sprague, Executive Director, WALA (Washington Alternative Learning Association)
“Shahla Merriman is the current registrar at River HomeLink, a 1000 student alternative learning experience, with Battle Ground Public Schools. She possesses all of the skills, and more, required to be successful. She is responsible, dependable, has a great sense of vision and integrity, and continually looks for ways to personify great customer service.
While many people who work with data have strengths dealing with details, Shahla possesses these strengths in abundance and complements them with an untiring commitment to serve and meet others’ needs. She is able to work ‘with the end in mind’. She anticipates issues and can engage in problem-solving at multiple levels. She is incredibly familiar with Skyward and knows many of the ins and outs of that system. She participates on the school’s leadership team and is comfortable participating in conversations with students, staff , and the community. She is a quick learner, and when she doesn’t get something, she searches for others to help her gain knowledge and help the struggling person before her.
I can’t say enough about Shahla. She has an infectious laugh, a strong work ethic, and a can-do spirit. She is deeply rooted in providing authentic customer service to families and staff . She works well on teams, with staff members and with students.”
~ Mark Clements, Principal, River HomeLink
“I have worked with Shahla Merriman for the last six years and have a great deal of respect for her. Shahla is extremely competent in her job as registrar, and each year has made significant improvements in processes that have had a positive effect on many aspects of our school. She is a dedicated employee who is always looking for a way to make things better.
As the high school counselor in the office next door, I have watched her change and improve the way we handle registration and intake interviews for the high school. The presentations she has given to our high school staff are well-organized and practical. As the Running Start coordinator, I have worked with her on count days watching her be sure that every detail is correct. Working with her is a joy because she is so competent; she is a wonderful problem solver and if she doesn’t already know the answer to any question, she finds it out and gets back to me quickly.
Shahla has an unusual combination of skills because she is able to see the big picture in a very unique school; she understands systems, but is also able to see details and get them right. Not many registrars work with and understand elementary, middle school, and high school needs. She knows all about all of them!
Shahla is unfailingly responsive to all the teachers, parents, and administrators who stop by her office for answers. She gives each person who comes into her office her undivided attention and her best effort. I know, because I am one of the people who asks her questions on an almost daily basis! She has a great sense of humor and a laugh that bubbles easily to the surface. Shahla has skills that can serve and benefit an entire district.”
~ Margie Miller, High School Counselor