Spotlight

  • Dana Nance, who works in the Dana Nance receives award Transportation Department, received the new 20/20 Vision Award during the Board of Education meeting on March 3. Dana goes above and beyond her job responsibilities. One day after school hours, she learned about a house fire that impacted students in multiple schools, and made sure to notify supervisors so help could be provided. She has also answered calls and texts in mornings, nights, and on weekends to help arrange transportation for students who wouldn’t have been able to get to school without her assistance. She is appreciated for having a heart for kids and always going out of her way to put the needs of others before her own. “Every child has a story if you just take the time to read it.”

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  • Karen Daugherty, preschool assistant Karen Daugherty honored with award teacher at Earlington Elementary and West Hopkins, received the new 20/20 Vision Award during the Board of Education meeting on March 3. Karen demonstrates service excellence in all she does! She has a commitment to Team Hopkins, a positive demeanor, and student-centered service. Early in the year, the Earlington evening preschool bus route needed a monitor … Karen accepted the temporary assignment without hesitation. She seized the opportunity and truly made the bus an extension of the classroom. She provided interventions, taught kindergarten readiness skills, and took the time to make deeper personal connections with children and families. When the monitor position was filled, she had a difficult time letting go. She has truly embraced our 20/20 vision. Karen takes the time to read every child’s story and helps them add new pages every day!

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  • Cafeteria staff and a group of Earlington staff members teachers at Earlington Elementary School were honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Feb. 18 Board of Education meeting. They were the first team to implement At-Risk Suppers in the district. Cafeteria staff stay after lunch service each day and prepare about 80 suppers that are served to late bus students and students who are staying for after-school activities. Several teachers volunteer to help serve the meals every afternoon. The program is called "Power Up Snacks." Staff members recognized include Megan Bean, Jamie Brooks, Heather Dunlap, Valerie Epperson, Kay Gipson, Danielle Harper, Jenny Haw, Tracie Mason, Scott Moore, Ginger Putman, Rachel Sandberg, Alaysha Scott, Stacie Stanley, Brooke Stuart, Mary Vandiver, Julie Vaughn, and Katie Wyatt.

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  • James Madison Middle School 8th-Amy Belcher receives award grade reading teacher Amy Belcher was honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award for teaching some amazing lessons that really connected with her students. Her lessons not only made the students think, but also included her own experiences, and provided a connection to the real world. Lessons included the importance of thinking of others, not just yourself, and appreciating what you have instead of wanting more when your needs are met. Great job!

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