Watauga School Board Recognitions October

Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Below are recognitions from last night’s Watauga County Board of Education meeting:

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Kerin Kiser, assistant to the superintendent and office manager, was presented with the Servant’s Heart Award as Dr. Elliott praised her for superb organizational skills, concern for others, and a calm, patient demeanor that helps everyone else in the office work more effectively and efficiently. Board Chair Ron Henries said, “There are not enough superlatives to describe her.”

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Speech Language Pathologist Tanya Priest was recognized as the Exceptional Children (EC) Program Teacher of Excellence for 2015-16. EC Director Dr. Michael Marcela (on right in photo) lavished her with praise for outstanding service to students and her exceptional support to her colleagues. Priest works at Hardin Park School and at Watauga High School.

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The Board of Education found themselves on the receiving end of a recognition as Dr. Elliott presented the members with a Special Achievement Award from the NC School Board Association. The award signifies that each member of the Board met the School Board Association standard for completing at least 12 hours of approved training annually. From left are Dr. Jay Fenwick, Barbara Kinsey, Board Chair Ron Henries, Vice Chair Brenda Reese, and Jason Cornett.

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Recipients of this year’s Watauga Education Foundation Teacher Grants. The Foundation awarded 19 grants with a total value of $20,000. The grants support creative and innovative instruction projects developed by the teachers themselves. (At far left in photo is WEF President Tricia Hall. WEF Board member Wendy Jessen is also in this photo, 3rd from right on front row.) The grants will reach students in every school, including district-wide support for Battle of the Books. The Foundation will be holding its Flapjack Flip pancake breakfast fundraiser at Watauga High School on Dec. 5.

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