County Educators Of the Year were told “passing the light” is sharing, not taking away their light, at the annual Educators of the Year Breakfast Friday morning at Cross Creek Country Club.
County Teacher of the Year Dena Cave and Principal of the Year Sandra Scott used cupcakes and candles to encourage peers.
“As Teacher of the Year we have a little bit of pressure on us,” said Cave. “Everyone in your school is looking up to you.”
Scott began her talk by saying she was grateful to the Lord for the chance to be where she is and read from the Book of Matthew, 5:14 and particularly the passage “Ye are the light of the world.”
“We must first be sure we are on fire (as the new school year begins),” said Scott. “Passing the light only increases as you pass it on to others. As a teachers of the year you are called to be a beacon. You are the candle and most importantly you are the flame which lights the light four other people.”
Her memento on the tables was a small glass jar with matches and candle. She asked that educators light others’ candles. Scott and Cave were later presented with the crystal owl and crystal apple award by Horace Mann Representative Jennie Handy. Handy’s speech encouraged teachers to unite in their differences, stop over-analyzing, be open-minded and use their hearts and to live their dream and wear their passion every day.
The other Teachers of the Year honored were Mike Lowery, Melissa Hamlin, Lesa Thomas, Amy Holt, Rhonda Cranfill-Moran, Christi Smith, Kim Davis, Chris Sizemore, Sarah Atkins, Kara Harris, Paula Sigmon, Misti Bartley, Bryanna Baker, Dena Cave, Kim Jones, Annette Cowan.
The group “Perfect Blend” performed the songs “If I had Knew You Were Coming I’d Baked a Cake” and “You Have Made a Difference.”
“As we get ready for 8,400 students on Monday, there are other things we do to get ready and I know you are already doing this. I see you each as a leader. It’s about people. Relationships. Creating trust,” said Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves. He encouraged them to use Chick-fil-A Vice President Mark Miller’s book “The Heart of Leadership” to become better leaders because they are ” a highly motivated and driven group.”
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