She Is Guidance
BY SARAH GREGORY
Outstanding teachers in the Greeneville City School system were honored for their work throughout the year at the recent personnel breakfast and awards ceremony, held in the café at Greeneville High School.
A number of educators were honored with special awards.
The annual Kathryn W. Leonard Outstanding Service to Students Award, the city school system's highest Teacher of the Year honor, was presented to Tusculum View Elementary School guidance counselor Angie Shelton.
Shane Hite presented the award on behalf of the Greene County Partnership.
Teacher of the Year recipients and retiring teachers were also recognized.
Following a welcome from Director of Schools Dr. Linda Stroud, EastView Elementary School Principal Dale Landers served as master of ceremonies.
Several other awards were presented during the ceremony.
Cindy Kelley, health teacher and assistant athletic director at Greeneville High School, was given the "Champion for Children" award.
Sheila Murdock, human resources specialist for Greeneville City Schools, was honored with the system-wide "Only the Best" award.
Brad Woolsey, ecology and physical science teacher at Greeneville High School, was the recipient of the Robert E. "Eddie" Jordan Character Education Award.
Amber Justis, fourth grade teacher at EastView Elementary School, was given the Excellence in Professional Learning award.
The Robert Keasling Friend of Education award was given to Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon and members of the Greeneville Police Department.
The award recognizes the Police Department's service and partnership with the school system in enhanced security measures that place members of the Greeneville police force in each of the city schools as school resource officers.
The enhanced security measures followed the December 2012 shooting of several children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Greeneville City Schools and the Greeneville Police Department will continue the partnership in the 2013-14 school year.
The Paraprofessional of the Year award was given posthumously to Sue Brown.
Brown, a long-time third grade assistant at Hal Henard Elementary School who was well-known for her dedication to students through the morning and after-school tutoring and enrichment programs, died in September 2012 after a battle with cancer.
TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Teachers of the Year award recipients were recognized during the ceremony.
Award recipients for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade were:
* Sarah Benson, pre-k through fourth grade system-level Teacher of the Year, of Tusculum View Elementary School;
* Amy Brown, of EastView Elementary School; and,
* Susan Metcalfe, of Highland Elementary School.
Teacher of the Year honorees for grades five through eight were:
* Kim Graham, of Hal Henard Elementary School; and,
* April Leonard, of Greeneville Middle School, who is the grades five through eight system-level Teacher of the Year.
Teacher of the Year recipients in grades nine through 12 were:
* Pat Carpenter, of Greene Technology Center; and,
* Cindy Kelley, of Greeneville High School, who is the grades nine through 12 system-level Teacher of the Year honoree.
Retiring educators who have dedicated many years of service to students in the Greeneville City School System were honored during the personnel breakfast and awards ceremony as well.
Those retiring at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year are: Gary Averett, Rebecca Nuttall, Alice Hawk, Larry Hurst, Judy Lane, Tony Burkey, Janice Riddle, Cindy Kelley, Deborah Whitson, Billy Joe Wilds, Barb Kobs, William Brimer, Barbara Clanton, Amy Brown, Carol Love-Jones, Dorothy Smith, and Patsy Hawk.