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SEXTON HONORED AS #GCS2NDMILE VOLUNTEER
Dr. Jodi Sexton was recently named the May #GCS2ndMile Award winner for Gordon County Schools. May's designated group is volunteers. Dr. Sexton is known at many of the schools in Gordon County as a top volunteer. She serves as PTO President at Ashworth Middle School, but her commitment to schools does not stop there. Dr. Sexton volunteers at multiple schools as a career day speaker, coaching assistant, club sponsor, school dance chaperone, teacher luncheon organizer, etc.Jessica Gaither, teacher at Ashworth Middle School, included in her nomination of Dr. Sexton, "She attended TOME Con with the Reading Bowl Team as a chaperone, she helps sell yearbooks, and is in attendance at various school functions. If we ever need an extra hand, we know we can count on Jodi!!”
Dr. Sexton (back row center) is pictured with Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent and Ashworth Middle School Principal, Scott McClanahan, along with several staff and students at Ashworth Middle School. The picture was taken following a surprise presentation while Dr. Sexton was working to feed lunch to AMS teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.
Dr. Sexton was also honored by the Board of Education at their meeting on May 14. Pictured below are (L-R): Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Chris Johnson, Board Chairperson; Nan Barnette, Board member; Dr. Jodi Sexton, Award Recipient; Dana Stewart, Board member; Charlie Walraven, Board member; Bobby Hall, Board Vice-Chairperson; Jason Hendrix, Board member; Larry Massey, Board Member.
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS AWARDED AN ADDITIONAL $1.8 MILLION TO SUPPORT LITERACY
May 3, 2018- The Georgia Department of Education has released the names of the recipients of the newest federal literacy grant, Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia (L4GA). Gordon County Schools was notified in a letter from State School Superintendent, Richard Woods that the school system’s application was among those chosen and the district will receive $1.8 million in grant funds. “I want you to know that the receipt of these funds is a testament to the strength of your district’s application and the hard work of your leadership team. The competition for the funding was fierce; we received an unprecedented number of applications. Please accept my sincere congratulations for developing a clear, focused, student-centered plan to improve literacy outcomes in your district. I look forward to working with you to get all students on a path to reading proficiently by third grade,” said Woods.
With this grant, Gordon County Schools will have provided a total of $4 million in literacy support to its community. In 2015, the district was awarded $2.2 million in Striving Readers grant funds from the Georgia Department of Education. The focus of the previously-awarded grant funds was K-8 education. The most recent grant, L4GA, was written to provide high-quality print and digital fiction and non-fiction materials for children ages birth-12th grade. These additional funds will allow the district to provide support for infants and pre-school students, as well as high school students preparing for post-secondary endeavors.
“This was truly a team effort. Under the direction of our Curriculum Director, Beth Herod, the System Literacy Specialist and the Literacy Coaches at each school all worked diligently to prepare the grant application to best reflect the needs of our district and community. They worked with members of the literacy community in our area to lay out a well-organized and thoughtful plan to ensure we are utilizing these funds in the best way possible. The goal is to ensure children have a firm foundation and are ready to learn before they arrive in our district and that we are able to support their literacy needs throughout their time with us,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, Gordon County Schools’ Superintendent.
McLEOD NAMED DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Gordon County Teacher of the Year Nominees: Front (L-R)- Alicia Williams, Belwood Elementary School; August Davis, Sonoraville Elementary School; Jennifer Crump, Red Bud Elementary School; Wayne Harper, District Finalist, Red Bud Middle School; Andy McLeod, District Teacher of the Year, W. L. Swain Elementary School; Renee Hughes, District Finalist, Gordon Central High School; Jesse Martin, Sonoraville High School; Valerie Allen, Ashworth Middle School; Cindy Price, Fairmount Elementary School; Jason Etheridge, Tolbert Elementary School
Back Row (L-R)- Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Board members: Charlie Walraven; Bobby Hall, vice-chairperson; Chris Johnson, chairperson; Larry Massey; Nan Barnette; Dana Stewart
On May 1st, Gordon County Schools held its 2018-19 Teacher of the Year banquet. Nominees from each school were honored with gifts provided by sponsors including 2Work Staffing and First Bank of Calhoun. Additionally, the three finalists were presented with certificates, and Andy McLeod, music teacher from W. L. Swain Elementary School, was named District Teacher of the Year for 2018-19 and will go on to represent Gordon County Schools in the 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. Caroline Stephens, the 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
Nomination forms are now available. Employees from various sectors will be recognized throughout the year, and nominations can be made up until the deadline for the award each month. For more information on the Award, visit our website under the Board of Education tab.