Schlab honored as Caseworker of the Year

Burnet CPS caseworker Tiffany Schlab is awarded the title of Region VII Caseworker of the Year on Thursday, May 17. Schlab also celebrated her 22-year anniversary of working with CPS on Friday, June 1.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Child Protective Services Caseworker Tiffany Schlab was recently awarded the title of Region VII Caseworker of the Year, in recognition of the time, effort, and passion she has put into her field for the past 22 years.

Fresh out of college, Schlab was offered a job as an investigator in Limestone County, where she worked for seven years before moving to Burnet to take a new step in her journey.

Since 2002, Schlab has worked with fellow caseworkers in Region VII, which covers 30 counties. On Friday, June 1, Schlab celebrated her 22-year anniversary of working with CPS.

“I'm helping the kids,” Schlab said. “It is tough; you have your highs and lows, but you also have that gratification when you see a kid get a new home or be adopted.”

Schlab was nominated for Caseworker of the Year by her supervisor, Dorinda Duzan, whom in her narrative about Schlab, praised her for the dedication she has shown towards her job and the children she cares for.

“[Schlab] has one characteristic that stands out above the rest: no matter the time of day, daylight or moonlight, Tiffany is willing to help get the job done,” the narrative said. “She is concerned about all the children in her workload and works to ensure their permanency, safety, and wellbeing.”

Schlab's job is sometimes not complete when she is off the clock, as she frequently volunteers to go on difficult assignments and has sacrificed personal time to complete tasks or help a child in need, as Duzan's narrative described. These along with a list of other traits and accomplishments earned Schlab a great honor, as it takes a special person to conduct a job as trying – though rewarding – as a caseworker's.

Schlab, accompanied and supported by coworkers from the Burnet CPS office, was honored at the Regional Board Luncheon on Thursday, May 17, in Salado.

“It is special being recognized for what you do,” Schlab said. “It's a feeling of gratitude from the people you work with and I thank them for it.”

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