At their Tuesday (May 11th) meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education recognized seven “Of-the-Year” winners from across the district. Each winner was surprised Wednesday (May 5th) with a basket filled with items donated from local businesses.
Chelsea Seagle, S. Ray Lowder Elementary, was named Assistant Principal of the Year. Seagle, current Assistant Principal at S. Ray Lowder, was also recently named as the new principal at Iron Station Elementary beginning July 1st. S. Ray Lowder Principal Scott Carpenter said “Mrs. Seagle is a true instructional leader and very well respected by the students, staff and parents of S. Ray Lowder. She is one of the most loyal, efficient, and dependable assistant principals I have ever worked with in my 20 years as an administrator.”
Dawn Freeman, Battleground Elementary, was named School Bus Driver of the Year. Battleground Assistant Principal Josh Henderson said Mrs. Freeman “builds fantastic relationships with students, and since she has been at Battleground for several years, she has long-term relationships with students and their families. She does her job as Bus Driver extremely well, but she uses it as a bridge to build impactful relationships with those around her.”
Ginger Wilkinson, Love Memorial Elementary, was named Child Nutrition Employee of the Year. Ms. Wilkinson has worked for Child Nutrition for almost 14 years and is the current Assistant Manager at Love Memorial. Ginger is always willing to help out where needed and has been used quite frequently to fill in when others are absent. Shelly Rhyne, Director of Child Nutrition, said “Ginger is quick to give a smile and her genuine care for our students is very evident. At the schools she has filled in at, we often hear how much they miss having her there, what a joy she was to work with, and the students all want to know where she is and when is she coming back.”
Loney Dellinger, Central Office, was named Classified Employee of the Year. Donald Welch, Pre-K Director, describes Loney as “a very diligent worker who is very productive. He goes above and beyond to help with projects that do not align with his job duties when asked. Loney cares about students and co-workers. He is always very helpful with all co-workers and projects they are working on at the school level.”
Kaylyn Davis, Catawba Springs Elementary, was named Guidance Counselor of the Year. Mrs. Davis is responsible for the school’s counseling program, classroom guidance program, PBIS program, student recognitions, MTSS chair, and other efforts to ensure the physical, social and emotional needs of our students and staff are met. She is dedicated to the entire Catawba Springs family. Mrs. Davis’ dedication to the Catawba Springs school family is inspiring.
Ellen Lail, East Lincoln Middle School, was named Media Coordinator of the Year. ELMS Principal Heather Myers said Mrs. Lail “has gone above and beyond her role this year. In addition to transforming her media center from the traditional library setting to a learning commons, she set technology and media/information skills as a priority. This year, she created three different Google Sites as communication tools to better connect with students, teachers, and parents. Ellen is a passionate educator who cares about the quality of teaching and learning that occurs within her media center and throughout the entire school each day.”
Tasha Stoddard, St. James Elementary Music Teacher, was named Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Stoddard has been teaching three years in Lincoln County, and has accomplished many goals in leadership and community outreach, bringing together teachers, parents, and students in multiple ways. Integrating classroom subjects with music was a goal she set for herself in her second year of teaching. Not only did she make sure to incorporate ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science into her weekly lessons, but she established open times to team teach with classroom teachers in the students’ homerooms. Mrs. Stoddard said “I am lucky to get to ‘live’ what I ‘love’ every day. Just like I knew it all those years ago in first grade, I know that what I am doing is what I was always meant to do…making a difference one child at a time.”
More photos of the "Of the Year" winners can be seen on the Lincoln County Schools Facebook page.