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BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS RETIREES
On May 8, the Gordon County Board of Education honored the 2017 school system retirees. Honored during the reception were Becky Brendel, WL Swain cafeteria manager; Kimm Smith, Fairmount Elementary principal; Eppie Snider, Sonoraville Elementary Principal; Johnny Walraven, teacher at Red Bud Middle School; Terry Allee, teacher at Gordon Central High School; Teresa Mathis, teacher at Ashworth Middle School; and Jennie DeFoor, parapro at W.L. Swain Elementary School. Retirees not pictured include Judy Amonett from Red Bud Elementary School and Linda Sue Smith from W. L. Swain.
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS' FFA CHAPTERS DOMINATE AT STATE CONVENTION
During FFA competition this spring, Gordon County Schools’ FFA Chapters were awarded several State Championships and runner-up positions, promoting many to represent the district in National competition in the fall. Pictured above: Top- Gordon Central High School's FFA Chapter; Bottom- Red Bud Middle and Sonoraville High Schools' Chapters. COMPLETE STORY AND CHAPTER RESULTS
TOWNSEND NAMED TO DISTRICT SOCIAL WORKER POSITION
Molly Townsend, current counselor at W. L. Swain Elementary School will transition to a new role for the 207-18 school year. Townsend was recently named to fill the role of social worker in the Gordon County Schools' Student Services Department. Mike Evelti, Director of Student Services, welcomed Townsend to his department, “Everyone in Student Services is excited about Molly Townsend joining our team and we are looking forward to the positive impact that she will have in meeting the diverse needs of our students and families. We are grateful for the additional support with this newly created position.” FULL STORY
TIMMS CHOSEN TO LEAD BELWOOD ELEMENTARY
The Gordon County Board of Education held a called meeting on Friday, April 28, where Justin Timms was approved as the principal of Belwood Elementary School, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Timms’appointment comes following the resignation of Chad Moore earlier in the month. “We are very excited to have Mr. Timms transition into this role in our district. I am confident he will continue to expand upon the tradition of excellence for which Belwood is known,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, Gordon County Schools’ Superintendent. FULL STORY
STEPHENS NAMED GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS' TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held on April 20. Caroline was chosen following a lengthy process that included school nominations, applications, and observations. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. Nominees were from Ashworth Middle- Jessica Westmoreland; Belwood Elementary- Sidney Shipley; Gordon Central High School- Penny Dobson; Red Bud Elementary School- Heather Duncan; Red Bud Middle School- Gwin Culberson; Sonoraville High School- Hannah Nelson; and W. L. Swain Elementary School- Meagan Rice. In addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.
The banquet was sponsored by Mohawk Industries, with First Bank of Calhoun and Farmer's Insurance- Kacee Smith agent contributing. Pictured L-R: Dr. Amy Parker, Director of Communications; Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Sket Angland, Tolbert Elementary Principal; Chris Johnson, Board of Education Chairperson; Caroline Stephens, District Teacher of the Year; and Jim Brunk, Mohawk Industries' Chief Accounting Officer, who represented Mohawk Industries in making the Teacher of the Year announcement.