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TEACHER OF THE YEAR NAMED
SoVaNow.com / May 26, 2014Ten local teachers were recognized as their schools’ “Teacher of the Year” Thursday night, with one honoree emerging as the winner of the countywide award — Megan K. Ferrell, who tutors the county’s youngest pupils at the Cluster Springs and South Boston/Halifax Early Learning Centers.
The Teacher of the Year presentation was a highlight of the Staff Appreciation Celebration, along with praise for 21 retirees who are leaving Halifax County Public Schools after many years of service.
It was a fun-filled evening for school employees, with the event hosted at World of Sports and featuring a delicious catered meal by Four Oaks Restaurant. Guitarist Hamilton Richardson provided musical entertainment, and a number of local businesses donated door prizes that were given out during the event.
Ferrell, the county’s 2014 “Teacher of the Year,” was joined by other outstanding teachers as chosen by fellow employees at their respective schools. Receiving the honor were Deitra N. Hart of Clays Mill Elementary, Stephanie R. Parris of Cluster Springs Elementary, Monecia S. Jackson of Meadville, Cheryl Ison of Scottsburg, Erica Grubbs of Sinai, Ginger Davis of South Boston, Kelly Franco of Sydnor Jennings, Mary Marie Hamlett of HCMS and Joncie B. Slate of HCHS.
“You as employees of the Halifax County school system are the ones who did it,” said Valdiva Marshall, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, who opened the program by thanking school personnel for their work to mold students over the course of their academic careers.
“I know it’s been a rewarding job, and we thank you for having made our school system the best in the nation,” Marshall said, addressing the retirees.
The retirees include Deborah Baker, Meadville Elementary teacher, Marsha M. Barker, South Boston Elementary teacher, Mable W. Carrington a custodian at Halifax County Middle School, Mary Jane Coleman, a Food Services employee at Clays Mill, Margaret Skinner Covigton, a Sinai Elementary teacher and Ramona C. Elliott, a SPED paraprofessional at South Boston Elementary.
Also retiring are LAN Manager at Clays Mill Ann M. Hunt, Linda C. Maitland, Instructional Coach at HCMS, Agnes Fisher Morris, a teacher at HCHS, Terea Noss, a South Boston Elementary teacher, Scottsburg/Clays Mill librarian Annette L. Oakes and Shela Stevens, secretary at Sydnor Jennings Elementary.
Others who are retiring include Jimmie Louis Terry, custodian at Cluster Springs Early Learning Center, Mattie W. Thrower, secretary at South Boston Elementary, Althea Marable Williams, teacher at Cluster Springs Early Learning Center, Shirley Mason Womack, SPED Paraprofessional at Meadville Elementary, Lena C. Wood, custodian at Scottsburg Elementary, John O. Woody, custodian at Sinai Elementary, Estelle E. Wynn, paraprofessional at Sydnor Jennings and Pedro C. Zamora, Jr. assistant principal at Halifax County High School.
Recognized for 20 years of service to the school system were Robin Anderson, Sue Bamberg, Lynn T. Carr, Sandra K. Garner-Coleman, Ellen Haskett, Cheryl A. Kashmer, Marilyn P. Lee, Sherry P. Link, Dewey S. Lowery, Jr., Muriel Marable-White, Vickie Wilbourne Powell, Gloria G. Stewart, Mary Beth Thompson, Sarah P. Vaughan and Tina Short Waller.
Honored for 25 years of service were Marliss Healy Barczak, Patricia L. Davis, Wanda H. Davis, Phyllis G. Epps, Valerie McCraw, Deborah B. Patrick, Wayne T. Seamster, Lanette Doss Spencer, Gladys McCargo Townsend and Constance Troy.
Benita Bagwell, Eleanor B. Knowlson, Jonathan A. Medley and Barbara A. Owen were all honored for 30 years of service to the school system.
Recognized for 35 years of service were Bonnie W. Bowen, Kathy Bowen, Elizabeth H. Clement, Marva H. Johnson, Doris Petty, Bonita Taylor and Wanda G. Williamson.
Mary L. Davis was honored for her 40 years of service to the schools.
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