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Long board honors year's top teachers
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Principals from the county’s three schools announced each one’s Teacher of the Year for the 2006-07 school year at the April Long County Board of Education meeting.
Dr. Deloris Mallard introduced Long County High School’s winner as English teacher Amanda Crews. According to Mallard, Crews had been teaching at the high school for five years and is a valuable asset. She also presented a bouquet of flowers to Crews in appreciation for her service.
Walker Middle School Principal Vickie Wells introduced its winner as science teacher Debbie Wingate, who has been a teacher at the school for three years.
“Mrs. Wingate is a great teacher. Everyone loves her, the students, parents, other teachers. You will never hear a complaint about her from anybody,” Wells said. “She also is a great hands-on teachers, and uses a variety of ideas to get her students thinking; like her Scientist of the Week.”
This was Wingate’s second time receiving this award in the Long County school system, having won the award at the elementary school level too.  She also received a bouquet.
Smiley Elementary School Principal Sandy Jones announced the winner as third grade creative writing teacher, Nancy Carter. She was unable to be at the meeting due to illness, but Jones recognized her and her 28 years of service in education.
Jones also said how proud she was to have Carter as a teacher at her school.
“I feel very fortunate to have a dedicated teacher like Mrs. Carter on my staff. Her students are always excited about their travels through science, social studies and writing. Students are always on an adventure in her class,” Jones said.
Other accomplishments recognized during the meeting were regarding the elementary and Pre-K schools.
Jones presented a “Title 1 Distinguished School” flag to the board for Smiley Elementary School receiving the award from the state in being recognized as a School of Excellence.
Pre-K Director Donna Rosenbaum, announced the program had been recognized by the State Board of Pre-K Evaluation of Services for exceeding the state guidelines in all areas for the second year in a row.
And in other business, the board approved a budget workshop for 6:30 p.m. April 30, approved the final draft for the safety heat index policy and approved two new hires for next years; Amy Simpson as a new special education teacher and Gladwin Harper as the new Smiley Elementary School assistant principal.
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