To say Sue Hoff’s Timothy ties run deep doesn’t quite tell the whole story. In fact, her family’s history at Timothy dates back almost to the school’s very beginning. In 1916, her grandfather began his 32-year tenure on Timothy’s board. Her mother, all Sue’s siblings, her husband and all her children attended Timothy, too. In addition, there currently are eight Hoff grandchildren on the school’s rolls. And to top it off, this past May, Sue wrapped up a 29-year career working in Timothy’s business office. “Timothy always was the obvious choice for our family,” she said, noting the attraction of a quality education and the integration of faith.
Sue’s youngest child was in first grade when she began her Timothy career. “One of the nice perks of the job was seeing my kids on occasion during the work day and then years later seeing my grandchildren.”
While she has spent her entire career in the business office, her position evolved over the years. “Technology brought a lot of change to my job duties,” she said, noting that her first responsibilities included payroll and accounts payable.
Through the years, software advancements enabled Sue to expand her responsibilities to include journal entries and account reconciliations. “I prepared financial statements each month for the board, sent out financial reports to administrators and faculty, and handled employee enrollment in retirement and insurance benefit plans. I also prepared teacher contracts and completed the paperwork for all new hires, which gave me the privilege of meeting and interacting with every single Timothy employee all the years I worked here — the bus drivers, the maintenance staff, the summer student crew, camp counselors, non-staff coaches, teachers, administrators and many board members. I felt really blessed to know them all,” she said.
Admitting it was a little disappointing to retire during COVID, Sue remembers seeing a photo on Timothy’s website that brought home how much her career and Timothy had meant to her. “It was a photo of every TC employee in the high school gym,” she said. “Looking at it, I realized I’ve talked to every single one of those people and know how dedicated they are to Timothy, how much they love students and how much they love God. It was a blessing to be able to work with each one of them.”