GREENBRIER — Linda Atkinson was selected as Greenbrier School’s District Teacher of the Year 2012-2013. She was honored with a plaque to commemorate her achievement at an assembly of all teachers in the district. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lisa Todd made the presentations with great praise for her leadership and creativity. Westside Principal Stephanie Worthey said, "We are so very proud of Mrs. Atkinson."
Atkinson has taught third grade for 20 years and still loves it. She said, "This means so much to me because the Teacher of the Year Award is nominated by your peers and voted upon. Then the District staff votes on the six top teachers for this District award."
Other teachers honored as Teacher of the Year for their respective schools are: Ann Harrod at Greenbrier Middle School, Kellie Cardin from Eastside Elementary School, Megan Girdler from Wooster Elementary School, Leslie Phillips from Greenbrier High School and Pam Nacke of Greenbrier Junior High School. Dr. Todd made special mention of Jeremy Kennedy who was Teacher of the Year for Greenbrier High School last year.
Superintendent Scott Spainhour addressed all the teachers about how the budget is divided and encouraged them to be aware all year on how to help the District save money in order to "consistently continue to give raises and build beautiful facilities." He then introduced all the people who were in new positions and the new faces in the District. He gave special praise to Susan Jackson, the new Director of College and Career Readiness, and Peggy O’Reilly as the new Elementary Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Both have moved out of the school buildings and into the District level. Spainhour said, "These two have already done wonderful work in our District and we will see benefits of their work for years to come."
Over 400 teachers and staff were treated to the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce eleventh annual breakfast and vendor exposition. Over 40 vendors who belong to the Chamber displayed their products at tables in the Panther Pavilion after everyone was filled with a delicious breakfast served by the school staff. Raffled prizes are always a very favorite time for everyone. There was much applause and hoopla as businesses gave away items like cash, gift certificates at various restaurants, banks, and coffee shops, baskets filled with spa things, school supplies, and personal items, travel cases, photo sittings, free lessons, coolers, an I-pod, health checks, and even a whole class party from Little Caesar’s. Businesses like to say "Thank you" to teachers and staff who keep out kids safe and our schools running so well.