Working for the Killeen Daily Herald and Cove Herald allowed me, as a reporter, to help many organizations by highlighting their events and recognize many quiet workers making things happen in our communities.

I didn’t work for the money. I worked because the job was rewarding.

My time with the Killeen Media Group also gave me the opportunity to quickly plug into Central Texas. Let’s face it. Texas is full of friendly, helpful people, and being raised in neighboring Oklahoma, I realize that I am fortunate to live in Texas. But of all of the communities surrounding Fort Hood where my soldier is stationed, I am most comfortable in Copperas Cove. Cove feels most like home to me. As a military wife on her 15th duty station, I can tell you this is a rare experience.

The newspaper was an amazing gateway to my introduction into the area and I seized every opportunity available to me to serve others. One of those organizations I came to respect and cover as a reporter was the Copperas Cove School District.

With 8,200 students, there’s a lot of great news coming out of Cove ISD and I was honored to share those stories with the public. I also had the opportunity to meet some amazing kids who are overcoming insurmountable odds. And the staff in the schools are intricately involved their success.

It was inspiring to witness and to report on so others also could be inspired.

As I came to know administrators, teachers and students in Cove ISD, they too came to know me. When the position of public information officer was vacated, I was offered the position. Even though I loved Cove ISD and its staff who truly change the world for the better, it was a difficult decision for me.

I had to do a lot of praying¸ discussed it with my mother-in-law, a strong Christian woman, and had many, many discussions with the Lord about where I should be to do his work. He led me to the newspaper. But did he now want me somewhere else?

After two days of worrying about making the right decision, the words of Cove ISD’s superintendent during my interview kept ringing in my ears.

Joe Burns told me in his closing comments, “If you would like to be part of the CCISD family, we would like to have you join us.” Note the word: family. Not team or staff, but family. That was the clincher.

I knew that God was surrounding me with caring people who would not only be my co-workers but would be as interested in my success as the school district’s. So, two weeks ago, I took the leap and joined the Cove ISD family.

And I have to say gratefully, “There’s no place like home.”

Wendy Sledd is the public information officer for the Copperas Cove Independent School District.

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