DOBSON — Surry County Schools Director of Secondary Education Jill Reinhardt stressed a retirement reception for local veteran educator Dr. Terri Mosley at Fisher River Park Tuesday was a celebration recognizing commitment to children.
“Rule number one for this afternoon is no crying,” said Mosley. “We are here to honor your service. She (Mosley) has been a colleague, mentor, coach and personal medic to me. This is a hard day for us.”
Reinhardt was referring to Mosley’s 25 years of experience in the county school system. Although Mosley is leaving her current as assistant superintendent, she will be sworn in on July 7 at 5 p.m. as a school board member at the regular board meeting at Meadowview Middle School following a reception set to begin at 4 p.m. that day.
Mosley’s husband, Ronald, her 90-year-old mother-in-law Louneil Mosley, her son Brad and his wife, Shannon, as well as grandchildren Carson and Lance were recognized at the informal event.
“Dr. Mosley is one of the most dedicated educators I’ve run across in 40 years of education,” said Board Chairman Earlie Coe. “She is the most knowledgeable in current trends and developments of education that it has been my privilege to know. I am looking forward to working with her on the board of education.”
Assistant Superintendent Charles Graham recalled the years the two worked together at Surry Central High School. Graham later thanked Mosley’s family for sharing her with the system and told the participants 17 years ago when he came to Central Mosley was the first one to come to him to as if there was anything she could do to help him.
“I’ve worked over half of my career (more than 15 years in the system) beside that lady,” said Graham. ” I would say she’s the most complete, intelligent and child-centered person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She will be a phenomenal board of education member.”
Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves told the group in the 17 months he has worked with her, he had come to know and value Mosley’s perspective of “three’s nothing we can’t conquer.”
“She’s the one coming up with ideas, challenges and solutions,” said Reeves. “She has inspired me to be a better person. It’s been an honor to work with her. You see people coming together to honor her this afternoon not because they have to but because they want to. She’s widely respected across the state. We are going to miss you but we look forward to working with you in a new capacity.”
Participants were invited to share memories about working with Mosley after a surprise performance by an Elvis impersonator who sang a unique rendition of “My Way” to honor her career. Mosley was also presented with a keepsake scrap book as well as a ceremony where children carrying plaques thanking Mosley also gave her hugs and flowers. Mosley was told a bookcase was being built to be placed in The Children’s Center of Surry. The bookcase will contain a plaque honoring her service and it will be stocked with books of her choosing.
“I have loved my career,” Mosley said. “I love my job and all of you. Your are my family. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to still work with you.”
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