VINTON–Students, faculty members, and visitors at William Byrd High School and those calling the school will be greeted by a new face and voice in the office this school year.
Chris Ayers has been hired as the school receptionist. She is replacing Vicki Carr who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
Ayers is originally from Sanford, North Carolina, a business major at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Upon graduation, she worked as a sales representative for a firm which sold college textbooks. She spent several years as a homemaker when her children were younger.
She has lived in this area for 23 years. For the past nine years, she has been an Instructional Assistant at W.E. Cundiff Elementary School. Part of her job there involved assisting in the office. She enjoyed the office environment, so when the job at WBHS came open she decided to apply.
Her first official day at WBHS will be on August 10, although she has been doing some training already with Vicky Carrell, William Byrd’s administrative assistant.
In addition to being the greeter, Ayers will serve as secretary to the administrative staff, do the payroll, and share duties with Carrell as needed.
Ayers is very active in her church—First Presbyterian—teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and participating in the ladies’ Bible study.
Her daughter, Morgan, was a 2015 graduate of WBHS and plans to attend Appalachian State University this fall. Her son will be a freshman at Byrd. Her husband is self-employed.
“I am excited about being here at Byrd,” said Ayers. “My daughter had a fabulous experience here. My children have had a great experience through all the Vinton schools.”