Special to the Journal Visitors and callers to the Belton ISD Administration Building are being greeted by a new district receptionist as of Jan. 18. Teresa Allen, who most recently served as the receptionist at Belton High School, replaces long-time district receptionist Sheryl Tormey. Tormey retired in December after 18 years. “I am definitely honored and excited to carry the role as the ‘voice’ and ‘face’ of Belton ISD,” Allen said. “It is my responsibility to set the tone for the student, parent and community experience. Good customer service is extremely important to me. I can’t wait to continue that work at the Admin Building.” Allen, who’s originally from a small town along the Texas Gulf Coast, first arrived in Central Texas in 1996 thanks to the military. She moved to San Antonio in 2011, but was excited to return to Belton in 2020. “I’m a small-town girl, and when the opportunity to move back to Bell County presented itself, I was so happy to be able to come back,” she said. “This is home to me.” In her free time, Allen enjoys spending time with her family — three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren — dancing, reading and taking long walks. She’s also working toward a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. “School support staff play such an important role in K-12 education,” Allen said. “It’s deeply rewarding to contribute through my work and help encourage family involvement in education.” The Administration Building, located at 400 N. Wall St. in Belton, houses many of the district’s administrative teams, including Teaching & Learning, Student Services and Communications. It is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.