Story by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools
First impressions often make lasting impressions and that is where Bossier Schools’ graphic artist Kassie Richardson shines.
The hats she wears are many. For nine years she has designed district publications, school pamphlets, logos, flyers, stationery and T-shirts. Richardson also helps with Bossier Schools’ website, provides photography at all School Board meetings and shoots and edits for various video projects showcasing the district.
Media Secretary Dawn Carter said, “Kassie pours everything she is into what she does for the School Board. Her soul is in her work and, in a way, her ministry. She feels her art represents the school system and wants it to be the best possible. She is amazing and I’m blessed to work with her everyday.”
In a letter submitted by Talented Arts Instructor Steve Porter, he wrote “I feel that often we all see so many great things around Bossier Parish and our website and so many of these images are the creation of Kassie. She is always there ready to help or, in my case, help a lot with a website displaying my students’ work.”
Porter went on to say, “She is a team player, sincere and caring. She is an excellent role model and has a great work ethic. Her smile and laugh are infectious. She does so much and works so hard to ensure the public sees the best of what our schools have to offer.”
Seeing first-hand the ways Richardson contributes to Bossier Schools and after reading the nominations, Bossier Federal Credit Union chose Kassie Richardson to receive the Gold Star employee award for February. She could not have been more surprised.
“I didn’t think people outside of the schools could get this!” Richardson exclaimed. “I’m just a behind-the-scenes girl.”
Instructional Services Supervisor Karyn Flowers cannot sing Richardson’s praises enough and said she more than deserves this honor.
“I worked with Kassie several times before I met her,” Flowers said. “I’d been working on something for a couple of weeks and she fixed it within a minute and a half. To finally meet such a talented, gifted person has just been a blessing.”
“I love my job. I have a fun job. I tell everyone that,” Richardson added. “It’s fun to come to work when you work with the people I do. This is my family away from my family.”
When asked what part of Richardson’s job gives her the most satisfaction, she answered “Nothing is ever the same. There’s always something new. To create T-shirt designs, a sign for the new building (Bossier Educational Service Center) and people relying on me and needing me.”
With tears welling in her eyes, she described what it meant to be singled out as a Gold Star.
“You don’t know if people know what you do because I’m in an office and communicate with them by phone and email. What Steve (Porter) wrote just warms my heart.”
“It’s easy to say those things when it’s true,” Porter added.
There is no doubt Kassie Richardson helps Bossier Schools make a great impression. She is no “behind the scenes” girl, though. Richardson is very much an integral part of the front line.