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City schools name Teacher of Year
Nine retirees also honored at event
Martinsville School Superintendent Pamela V. Heath (from left) is shown with Cameron Cooper, fifth-grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School and division-wide 2015 Teacher of the Year winner; and Dr. Zebedee Talley, principal at Patrick Henry. (Contributed photo)
Cameron Cooper, a fifth-grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School, was named Martinsville City Public Schools’ 2015 Teacher of the Year on Thursday at the sixth annual Employee Recognition Banquet for MCPS employees.
The other Teacher of the Year finalists were Vickey Dean, VPI (Virginia Preschool Initiative) pre-school teacher at Clearview Early Childhood Center; Teresa Bragg, special education teacher at Albert Harris Elementary School; Tiana Hunnicutt, seventh-grade teacher at Martinsville Middle School; and Heather Tolbut, social studies teacher at Martinsville High School.
Nine retirees from the 2013-2014 school year also were recognized during the banquet in the Martinsville High School commons:
• Gracie Flood of Clearview Early Childhood Center; nine years with Martinsville schools as a paraprofessional.
• Faye Thomas of Albert Harris Elementary School; nine years with Martinsville schools as a paraprofessional.
• Lynn Hall of Albert Harris Elementary School; 24 years as an ESL teacher with the city schools and 32 years of total teaching experience.
• Peggy Tyree of Patrick Henry Elementary School; eight years in maintenance with Martinsville schools.
• Sandy Forrest of Martinsville High School; 31 years of total education experience, all with the Martinsville schools. She retired as the coordinator of business and careers education.
• Connie Hairston of Martinsville High School (in memoriam); nine years as a paraprofessional with Martinsville schools.
• Dorothy McGhee of Martinsville High School; 35 years working in school food services with the city schools.
• Carol Merchant of the Central Office; 18 years in the city schools. She retired as the director of pupil personnel services and school psychological services.
• Lynda W. Pulliam of the Central Office; 55 years with the city schools. She retired in September as clerk of the Martinsville School Board and assistant to the superintendent.
Also at the banquet, recognition was given to other MCPS employees who have earned academic degrees, made presentations at local and national conferences, served on various Virginia Department of Education review committees, earned awards of excellence from professional organizations, earned National Board Certification and received both regional and national coaching recognition.
Roxanne Collins, 2014 Teacher of the Year, was the emcee for the event. Guests included Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins along with Martinsville School Board members Robert Williams, chairman; Carolyn McCraw, vice chairman; and Craig Dietrich. Donna Snyder and Adriane Tasco of the ASCD Whole Child Network also were present.
Several songs were performed by the Martinsville Middle School Choir, directed by Shauna Hines. The banquet was organized by human resources staff members in conjunction with other MCPS employees.