County Board of Education names Woodard as Employee of Month

David Broyles Staff Reporter

October 8, 2013

DOBSON — Derwin Woodard was named Surry County Schools October Employee of the Month at the Surry County School Board’s regular meeting Monday evening. Woodard, who serves as a technician for the system, was presented a recognition plaque by Schools Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves.

Reeves read a selection of quotes from personnel in schools, including Cedar Ridge, Copeland Elementary, Dobson Elementary, Mountain Park and White Plains, which noted Woodard’s willingness to “go out of his way” to help, his service as a mentor to students, and quick and professional responses even in the face of overwhelming technical issues.

Any full- or part-time employee of the school system may be nominated for the honor. Guidelines for selection include an employee demonstrating excellence in their job, an attitude of collaboration and make a significant contribution to the school, district, students, employees or community.

Surry Central students Chandler Musson and Samuel Pyatt were among the four congratulated by the board for being selected for the Governor’s School Summer program. Musson attended the School’s West Campus for instrumental music/percussion, and Pyatt was not present because he transferred to the North Carolina School of the Arts. Other students present to receive recognition were Samuel Holder of North Surry, who attended the West Campus for math, and Kelly Ingram of Surry Early College was at the East Campus for natural science.

Gentry Middle School teacher Jamie Mosley was named as the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. School Director of Communications, Instructional Media, and Teacher Quality Sonia Dickerson explained that Surry-Yadkin EMC nominated Mosley in recognition of her dedication to students and for winning Bright Ideas education funding for the project titled, “Rev Up Your Learning.”

Mosley is one of 12 teachers statewide to receive the designation this year. Dickerson said Mosley and the other 11 teachers received tickets to attend a University of North Carolina football game and a commemorative plaque. Dickerson said Mosley and her teammates work on the popular Gentry Boxcar Derby Race and use the new curriculum standards in each car-building step.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Terri Mosley was recognized as Children’s Center Board Member of the year and was named a “champion for children” by the center’s board. Mosley joined the center board in 2005 and helped to recruit board members with experience in finance and business to respond to a period of rapid growth by the center.

“Dr. Mosley not only added experience with programs, personnel and finance, but also brought her passion for children,” said Dickerson. “You can ask Dr. Mosley on any given day the name of our children, what grade level they are in and perhaps what their favorite sports team is, and she will know.”

Board Chairman Earlie Coe read a proclamation from the the National Association of Secondary Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals which declared October as National Principals Month in recognition of the role they play in school leadership.

The board also approved graduation dates for the fifth-grade students’ Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. The dates are:

•Nov. 15, 9 a.m. at Mount Park Elementary.

•Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m. Pilot Mountain Elementary.

•Nov. 20, 9 a.m. at Rockford Elementary.

•Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m. at Dobson Elementary.

•Nov. 22, 9 a.m. at Shoals Elementary.

•Nov. 22, 1:30 p.m. Westfield Elementary.

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