Lenis McDonald, a teacher aide at Longview Elementary School for nine years, has been named Murray City School District's Classified Employee of the Year.

McDonald works in the school's resource program, assisting students with learning disabilities in reading, spelling, math and language. A native of Kanarraville, Iron County, McDonald moved to Salt Lake City when she was 18 years old to work as a dental assistant."In resource, the students come with their own little set of problems. It's nice to somehow be a positive influence in their lives. We try to focus on the individual. I work one-to-one with the children or in small groups to help them catch up with the others in their class," McDonald said.