The Johnston County schools recently recently recognized outstanding educators who serve outside of the classroom.
The school system annually salutes media specialist, school counselors, graduation coaches, itinerant teachers and other school support staff.
Among school counselors and graduation coaches, Kim Peacock was named Employee of the Year. She is a graduation coach at South Johnston High School.
“I am very honored, but I am also blessed to work with a wonderful team at my school,” Peacock said. “I just want to say thank you to them, because it does take a team to do things, and I share this award with them.”
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Other nominees in that category were Sarah Barnhart, Smithfield-Selma High; Trudy Brown, Clayton Middle; Amanda Collins, Clayton Middle; Karla Denning, Meadow School; Susan Hager, Benson Elementary; Julie Hopkins, South Smithfield Elementary; and Janet Lee, Selma Middle.
In the category of itinerant teachers and related services, the top honor went to Vicky Loose, who teaches adapted physical education. “I feel good,” Loose said, quoting James Brown.
Other nominees were Renee Strickland, a speech therapist, and Darcee Williamson, an occupational therapist.
Victoria Mahoney of Powhatan Elementary School is this year’s outstanding media specialist. “I have a great community of parents and staff who really understand what I do,” she aid. “I really appreciate that they notice my hard work.”
Other nominees were Daniel Barrett, Smithfield-Selma High; R. Michele Byrd, Cooper Elementary; Angela Causby, Archer Lodge Middle; Jeff Contos, River Dell Elementary; Heidi Harris, South Smithfield Elementary; Stephanie Haumont, South Johnston High; Danny Hinnant, Riverwood Middle; Stephanie Rous, Corinth Holders High; Vanessa Watson, West Smithfield Elementary; and Angela West, Riverwood Elementary.
Among support staff, the Employee of the Year award went to Endra Pugh, a social worker. “I’m humbled and very blessed to be working in this county for 28 years,” she said. “I tell people that even after working here for 28 years I still love what I do.”
Other nominees were Becky Anderson, a school nurse; Dana Blim, multi-tiered system of support specialist; Charlene Covington, Power Teacher specialist; Leanne Daughtry, curriculum, instruction and accountability specialist; Melissa Evans, school nurse; Debbie Gibbs, school nurse; Serreda Jenkins, social worker; Betty Madden, program specialist; Randy Parker, curriculum, instruction and accountability specialist; Cindy Schmidt, school nurse; and Katie Wall, data analysis specialist.
“It’s a humbling experience to see how many great employees we have,” said Superintendent Ross Renfrow. “In my mind they’re all winners. “We had to recognize just four people today, but that’s just the cream of the crop.”
“Our greatest asset and resource are our people,” Renfrow added. “Events like these just show how truly great they are. When you have great people partnered with students, great things happen.”