Ottumwa Tenco employee receives statewide recognition

As part of Direct Support Professional Week, Tenco nominated Pre-Vocational Instructor Amanda Ebelsheiser for statewide recognition, and she got it/KTVO

It's the smile on their faces, that puts a smile on hers.

"My first day here, I had one of my little gals tell me I needed to get my hair cut and I needed to go to weight watchers,” Pre-Vocational Instructor Amanda Ebelsheiser laughed. “They say things, I think things that we wouldn't say, and that's just them."

10 months with Tenco and Ebelsheiser is already receiving high praise.

"She's very positive, she works very well with the individuals who work here in our workshop and we just felt she really was the role model of a direct support professional," said Tenco Executive Director Cheryl Plank.

High praise not just from Tenco staff but…

"I have been recognized in the whole state of Iowa," Ebelsheiser said.

As part of Direct Support Professional Week, Tenco nominated Ebelsheiser for statewide recognition. Her name was submitted to the Iowa Association of Community Providers, along with 70 others from around the state and she was one of six to be selected.

"All of our staff are absolutely fabulous and do great work," Plank said.

Tenco could only choose one, so they chose the one with plenty of love to go around.

"These people are amazing,” Ebelsheiser said. “The things they do every day, with no help, you just can't imagine. It's very, very rewarding and I am so privileged."

At the end of the day, she hopes...

"To see every smiling face in here be in the community, working a job someday," she said.

Direct Support Professional Week will last through Saturday.

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