Weatherford’s Dr. Deborah Cron has done anything but disappear after retiring in 2011.Yes, she said she’s been traveling a lot and “taking it easy” but she’s also made sure to keep herself engaged in her true passion - education. Last month, the Quality Texas Foundation took notice of that and awarded Cron the Star Examiner award for her work in helping companies and school districts improve their operations using the Baldridge Model. “It was a very unexpected honor,” Cron said. “It was a big surprise and a lot of fun. Anytime you don’t expect anything, it’s so much sweeter to honored and appreciated.”Weatherford ISD, where Cron served as superintendent for 10 years before she retired, is a member of Quality Texas and has used the Baldridge Model for some time. Cron’s newest endeavor as an evaluator is strictly volunteer and she, along with a team of examiners, visit organizations who wish to become certified. Examiners spend a week at the location of those who have applied and then make a written evaluation of their findings and there are four levels of examination.“All of your work together, you do a team score book. We also go on the week-long visit to look at what we’ve written and make changes to the report, if needed,” Cron explained. “The company or district gets a copy of the report and it helps them in strengths and opportunities for improvement.”Currently, there are only about 15 school districts who are certified, WISD included. The Quality Texas Foundation is a non-profit corporation that began in the early ’90s as a cooperative effort between then governor Ann Richards, the Texas Department of Commerce and Texas businesses. The foundation organizes and delivers quality awareness seminars across the state and now administers the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, which is open to government, education, healthcare, non-profit and business organizations.
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