Retirees, teachers recognized by board

By KRISTEN HART Banner Intern
Posted 8/8/17

During Monday’s session of the Cleveland Board of Education, 19 retiring teachers were recognized, and 40 new ones were introduced.

Before the meeting, both the retiring and new teachers …

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During Monday’s session of the Cleveland Board of Education, 19 retiring teachers were recognized, and 40 new ones were introduced.

Before the meeting, both the retiring and new teachers were invited to a reception where outgoing teachers could meet incoming teachers, and both could be celebrated.

Dr. Russell Dyer, director of Cleveland City Schools, showed his appreciation for the retiring teachers.

“They are an invaluable part of who we are,” Dyer said. “They help carry on our culture and traditions.”

Some of the retiring teachers will be staying to work as part-time employees in local schools.

“The retirees have multiple years of experience, and they’ve taught all kinds of students,” Dyer said. “They can come in and do all kinds of coaching and assistance for our new staff and our current staff.”

Of the 40 new teachers introduced, many have come from other schools around the U.S. and have had years of teaching experience. Some are fresh out of college and ready to start their careers.

Candace Parker is a recent graduate of Lee University and has begun teaching special education at Cleveland Middle School this school year. Parker had the choice to either teach in Alaska or Tennessee.

“I felt a really strong connection to Cleveland, because I love the people I worked with at Cleveland High School. They were incredibly gracious and ... kind. They love the kids here. I felt at home.”

Dyer had some advice to offer the new teachers. He spoke of the need to “teach students academically, socially and emotionally.” 

“It’s a hard job. You go into it, and it’s so easy to get caught up in all the things you have to do that sometimes you lose track of that,” Dyer said. “So if we can just focus in on student learning and really getting to know our kids, that’s a first and foremost thing for me.”

CCS retirees include Eileen Gonzales, Judy Cobb, Janice Odom, Janet Harris, Brenda Nakdimen, Joan Baker, Sandra Farlow, Frank Odom, Edwina Robinson, Carole Dale, Frank Lear, Shirley Pace, Vicki Pate, Linda Allmon, Betty Gay, Loretta Harvey, Brenda O’Neal and Sheree Stone.

CCS New Teachers are Sonya Ruby, Angie Collins, Danielle Maloney, Jasmine Martin, Cara Pierce, Travis Weatherford, Brian Lessig, Jessica Simms, Sara Whitener, Brandi Arnold, Alison Bosken, Kimberly Bradford, Wendy Thomas, Stacy Hughes, Grey Briggs, Chad Buckner, Traci Harris, Lauren McIntyre, Crystal Nicholson, Candace Parker, Cortney Ruiz, Peggy Sage Smith, Cynthia VanPelt, John Weiss, Jonathan Adcock, Chip Atha, Jeremy Bosken, Casey Brown, Christopher Brown, Jesse Burgueno, Dustin Fromm, Bridgett Matthews, Eliana Minay, Sara Anne Ownbey, Amelia Ribeiro, Susan Rodriquez, Jon Stanford, Heather Turner, Lisa Nichols and Charlotte Hallman.

Other CCS news:

• Cleveland High School’s CTE program was the recipient of a $160,000 state grant.

• Since they will be closed on Monday, Aug. 21, for the solar eclipse, schools will send solar eclipse glasses home with the students on Friday, Aug. 18. The glasses were donated to the school system by Allan Jones.

• Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School contractor J&J Constructors has bonds and insurance in place for the project and will officially be on the clock beginning next Monday.

“We’re excited about seeing some progress, as we’re sure you are too,” said Upland Design Group architect Brian Templeton.

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