by Terry Rogers
Once a fixture in the Milford High School Guidance Office, Edna Rust is now secretary to Superintendent Dr. Kevin Dickerson. Rust began her career at Milford School District over 25 years ago.
“Edna Rust has been a shining star of the Milford School District for over 30 years,” Dickerson said. “She embodies pride and passion in all that she does and cares deeply for our students, families, staff and community. Edna works very hard to make everyone feel important and valued. She always has the best interests of our students, families, staff and community in her heart.”
Rust, whose maiden name was Dempsey, grew up in Milford and graduated from Milford High School in 1972. She earned an associates’ degree in Office Management from Delaware Technical and Community College in 2003. She is married to former Board of Education member and retired Milford School District custodian, Eugene Rust. Rust has two children, Outten and Tim Torbert, three grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.
“After graduating from high school, I worked at Draperies Etc. and Coopersmiths, both sewing factories,” Rust said. “For ten years, I worked at Burris Foods in their food service division before accepting the position at Milford High School. I remained in the guidance position until 2012 when I moved to the district office to work as the Superintendent’s secretary.”
While at the high school, Rust was responsible for maintaining records for past and current graduates while also managing the database system. When she first started at the school, she was also responsible for calling in substitutes each morning. She enrolled new students, gathered data for reports, was responsible for progress reports and report cards as well. Rust also handled transcripts and maintained attendance records for faculty and staff.
“I also developed special reports using Special Education, School Choice, Retentions and Summer School data,” Rust said. “The best part about my job has always been interacting with the students and staff. I also like that each day is different. I enjoy the fact that my job is challenging as well. The most difficult part is not getting emotionally involved. It is also difficult when I must convey information to families who do not speak English and my many job duties sometimes make it difficult to meet deadlines.”
Outside of work, Rust is a member of the Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoys gardening and canning, making quilts, embroidery as well as spending time with her family and friends. When she retires from the district, she hopes to spend time traveling. She also hopes to grow her embroidery and sewing business.
“Edna has had such a positive impact within our school district and community,” Dickerson said. “We have benefited greatly from her excellence, dedication, professionalism and work ethic. I feel fortunate to have worked with Edna in various capacities during my time in the Milford School District. Edna is Milford, through and through, and will always be a Buccaneer.”
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