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Joyce M. Ashworth (front row, left), a fourth-grade teacher at Axton Elementary School, was named Henry County Public Schools’ 2015 Teacher of the Year at a banquet Thursday night at Chatmoss Country Club. The remaining finalists were (from left after Ashworth) Karen C. Cecil, Cynthia S. Finney, Mary Y. Hall and Velaine G. Bonebright. Other county teachers of the year were (back row, from left) Penny M. Decker, Sara G. Dean, Lynn R. Stone, Robin D. Gravely, Sarah A. Whitlow, Danielle A. Trotter, Amy W. Mitchell, Kimberly H. Clark and Susan M. Bousman. Jodie K. Rakes is not pictured. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Friday, April 18, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Henry County Public Schools honored 15 school Teachers of the Year and announced the division’s Teacher of the Year at a banquet at Chatmoss Country Club on Thursday night.

The school Teachers of the Year follow:

• Axton Elementary — Joyce M. Ashworth, who was named the division’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, is a fourth-grade teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Averett College. She has taught for 18 years.

• Bassett High School — Penny M. Decker is an English teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Averett University and a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from James Madison University. She has 16 years of teaching experience.

• Campbell Court Elementary — Sara G. Dean teaches first grade. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis with a major in elementary education and a minor in special education. She earned a master’s degree in reading instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has taught for 13 years.

• Carver Elementary — Lynn Stone is a kindergarten teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia Intermont College and a master’s degree in teaching from East Tennessee State University. She has 25 years as a teacher.

• Center for Community Learning — Robin D. Gravely is an adult education teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University. She taught for 16 years.

• Collinsville Primary — Sarah A. Whitlow is a second-grade teacher who has taught for five years. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education pre-kindergarten through grade 6 from Radford University.

• Drewry Mason Elementary — Velaine G. Bonebright is a school librarian. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Georgia Southern University. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher with a certification in library media: early childhood through young adulthood. She has taught for 22 years.

• Fieldale-Collinsville Middle — Cynthia S. Finney is a special education teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Greensboro College. She has taught for 29 years.

• John Redd Smith Elementary — Mary Y. Hall is a third-grade teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in child development from Appalachian State University and has taught for 22 years.

• Laurel Park Middle — Danielle A. Trotter is a math teacher who has a bachelor’s degree in math. She has been teaching for 11 years.

• Magna Vista High — Karen C. Cecil is a guidance counselor. She received a bachelor’s degree in business education from Longwood College. She received a master’s degree with a major in student personnel services and a master’s degree with a major in vocational-technical education, both from Virginia Tech. She has taught for 36 years.

• Mount Olivet Elementary — Amy W. Mitchell is a third-grade teacher. She received a bachelor’s of liberal studies degree and a master of education degree from Averett University. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher with a certification in early childhood. She has taught for seven years.

• Rich Acres Elementary — Kimberly H. Clark is a second-grade teacher. She is a graduate of Averett University with a a bachelor’s degree in education pre-kindergarten through grade 6 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She has taught for six years.

• Sanville Elementary — Jodie K. Rakes is a reading specialist. She earned a bachelor’s edge in interdisciplinary studies from Liberty University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Radford University. She has taught for 16 years.

• Stanleytown Elementary — Susan M. Bousman is a special education teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in human services counseling with a minor in special education from Old Dominion University. She has taught for nine years.

In an interview, Gravely said she was honored to have been selected Teacher of the Year at Center for Community Learning. She praised her colleagues.

After she was selected, she went on to compete for the division title, which involved preparing a portfolio with three essays and undergoing an interview, she said,

Sara Dean of Campbell Court said, “It was definitely an honor to be selected” the school’s Teacher of the Year. She said the school’s staff is dedicated and hard-working. The portfolio and interview made her reflect on why she chose teaching as a career and what a team effort teaching is, she said.

 

 
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