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Sharlene Cox takes the gold

caines | 4/19/2012, 5 a.m.

Sharlene Cox, an integral part of Miami Lakes Educational Center and Vice-Principal Ana Maria Lopez-Ochoas secretary, was selected to represent the school and the entire region as the Office Employee of the Year Award. Cox has been in the Miami-Dade County Public School System (M-DCPS) for over 22 years; she began her career in 1986 at Miami Edison Senior High before transferring to Miami Northwestern Senior High where she was the Region 3 winner for Office Employee of the Year in 1995. Nine years later, she relocated to Miami Carol City Senior High school before going to Miami Lakes Educational Center. I feel good; I hope whatever I do, I can show a positive attitude, not only at MLEC but everywhere, Cox said. And there is a reason why she has been recognized so many times. Shes the best of the best, Lopez-Ochoa said. Through all the tasks she has, she still manages to take care of the whole school as well. Cox is also this years office employee of the year for the the North Region of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, representing over 60 schools. In addition, she is a senior at Barry University, majoring in Psychology and Social Work. She says she was inspired to return to school when her son, now a senior on the Deans List at the University of Florida, graduated from high school.