At the Southeast Bulloch Middle and High Schools, there is a Page who is leaving her mark. Middle school registrar Shirley Page, who is also the wife of SEB High School Assistant Principal John Page, has done it all.
Born in Albany, Ga., Page is the daughter of Elvis Moore, and has a brother, Edward, and a sister, Cassandra. She graduated from Savannah State University with a degree in Business Administration.
While she was working at Carver State Bank, her best friend was Elizabeth Williams, who recently retired as Langston Chapel Middle principal. It turns out that Williams' husband Wilton Williams is the assistant principal at middle school, and is one of John Pages' best friends.
The Williams' set the two up on a blind date. John and Shirley quickly fell in love, and got married in 1990. Living in Garden City at first, they got tired of the long drive and moved to Stilson by 1999, she said.
SEB Middle Principal Donna Clifton said about Shirley Page:
"She is the person who will do whatever it takes to ensure our students get to the right class and get on the right bus. She also mentors new employees, to make sure they 'learn the ropes' right away."
Page also is responsible for the operation of the SEB concession stands, and actually helps her husband John, who is also the basketball coach at SEB High, by keeping the scores and other records for the team.
Page started working in the school system with Linda Lewis and Wayne Pruitt at the Bulloch County Board of Education Central Office, and was hired away from there by Dr. Tom Bigwood, then principal at SEB to be his secretary. When the new middle school was opened, Shirley Page was hired to fill the position of registrar.
Page also serves as Sunday school teacher for the adults at their church, the Jerusalem African Methodist Episcopal Church in Statesboro, including her husband John.
Asked about her duties as registrar, Page said:
"I have to do everything that nobody else has the time to do, and I like that, because it means I'm always doing something different."
She continued, "I like being constantly challenged, as that is the only way you can grow. When a problem arises, I tell whoever needs help that as soon as I have fulfilled my immediate task I will set whatever I am doing aside and focus on their needs."
Looking for the positives, she said that "My job allows me to constantly meet new people, both children and adults. The hardest part of my job is when someone at the school has died, for it is always like losing a close family member."
Principal Clifton said, "Shirley is the best. We all love her to death."