City schools name award winners


Mount Airy City Schools Principal of the Year Sherry Cox, center, is surrounded by, from left, front, students Rebecca Hayes, Tyler Grant, Jaden Caldwell and Angel Ortiz-Osorno; back row, Board of Education Vice Chairman Tim Matthews, Superintendent Kim Morrison, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Phillip Brown.


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Reading Specialist Eve Trotter, at left, is recognized by Tharrington Primary School Principal Emily Niston and Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison.


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Lauren Murphy, pictured here with her class, was named Jones Intermediate School Teacher of the Year.


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Data manager Ava Brown, third from the right, is pictured with, from left, Board of Education member Ben Cooke, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, Principal Sherry Cox, Superintendent Kim Morrison, and curriculum facilitator Amanda Robertson. Brown was named Classified Employee of the Year at the school.


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Eighth-grade math teacher Patricia Combs, third from the right, was named Teacher of the Year at Mount Airy Middle School. She is pictured with, from left, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Phillip Brown, Board of Education member Ben Cooke, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, Principal Olivia Byerly, and assistant principal Levi Goins.


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Dean Combs, left, a custodian, is the Mount Airy Middle School Classified Employee of the year. Here he is seen with Principal Olivia Byerly and Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett.


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Math teacher Courtney Howlett, second from the left, was named Teacher of the Year at Mount Airy High School. She is pictured with, from left, assistant principal Kevin Joyce, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Board of Education member Ben Cooke.


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Rhonda Ruedisueli, second from left, was named Alternative Learning Program Teaching Assistant of the Year. She is pictured with, from left, assistant principal Kevin Joyce, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Board of Education member Ben Cooke.


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Melissa A. Martin was named the School Nutrition Assistant of the Year. Here, she’s pictured with Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett and school nutrition director Celena Watson.


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Mount Airy Middle School Cafeteria Manager Vickie Bowman, reacts with surprised when Principal Olivia Byerly tells her she’s been selected as the Cafeteria Manager of the Year.


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Amy Utt, center, was named Mount Airy City Schools Bus Driver of the Year. She’s pictured here with Transportation Coordinator Jon Doss and Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett.


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Jones Intermediate School principal Sherry Cox was recently named as the Mount Airy City School’s Principal of the Year.

The school system announced her selection for the honor, along with a listing of nearly a dozen other city school personnel who were recognized for year-long awards.

“During her time leading Jones Intermediate School, she has helped to create an environment where students lead to serve,” the school system said in announcing Cox had been tapped for the top principal award. “Students have been empowered through their roles in action clubs and councils at the school.”

Cox also is a recent graduate from the Distinguished Leaders Practice program through the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association.

Other notable achievements which have occurred at the school under Cox’s leadership include:

• 100 percent of teachers met/exceeded growth;

• The school not only exceeded growth expectations, but it ranked third in the state for student growth;

• The establishment of a school safety team where teachers, parents, and the community “come together to keep safety the number one priority for her school;”

• The North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Lighthouse Award;

• The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium Signature School award during her principalship.

Cox, along with the others who were recognized by the city, learned of their awards in surprise ceremonies, often in front of their students and peers, who were in on the surprise beforehand.

Others honor by the city schools include:

• Reading specialist Eve Trotter, Tharrington Teacher of the Year;

• Teaching assistant Tracey Johnson, Tharrington Classified Employee of the Year;

• Fourth-grade teacher Lauren Murphy, Jones Intermediate School Teacher of the Year;

• Data Manager Ava Brown, Jones Intermediate Classified Employee of the Year;

• Eighth-grade math teacher Patricia Combs, Mount Airy Middle School Teacher of the Year;

• Custodian Dean Combs, Mount Airy Middle School’s Classified Employee of the Year;

• Math teacher Courtney Howlett, Mount Airy High School Teacher of the Year;

• Rhonda Ruedisueli, Alternative Learning Program Teaching Assistant of the Year;

• Melissa A. Martin, School Nutrition Assistant of the Year;

• Mount Airy High School Nutrition Manager Vickie Bowman, School Nutrition Manager of the Year;

• Amy Utt, Bus Driver of the Year.

Mount Airy City Schools Principal of the Year Sherry Cox, center, is surrounded by, from left, front, students Rebecca Hayes, Tyler Grant, Jaden Caldwell and Angel Ortiz-Osorno; back row, Board of Education Vice Chairman Tim Matthews, Superintendent Kim Morrison, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Phillip Brown.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_IMG_8828.jpgMount Airy City Schools Principal of the Year Sherry Cox, center, is surrounded by, from left, front, students Rebecca Hayes, Tyler Grant, Jaden Caldwell and Angel Ortiz-Osorno; back row, Board of Education Vice Chairman Tim Matthews, Superintendent Kim Morrison, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Phillip Brown. Submitted photo

Reading Specialist Eve Trotter, at left, is recognized by Tharrington Primary School Principal Emily Niston and Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Eve-Trotter.jpgReading Specialist Eve Trotter, at left, is recognized by Tharrington Primary School Principal Emily Niston and Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison. Submitted photo

Lauren Murphy, pictured here with her class, was named Jones Intermediate School Teacher of the Year.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_lauren-murphy.jpgLauren Murphy, pictured here with her class, was named Jones Intermediate School Teacher of the Year. Submitted photo

Data manager Ava Brown, third from the right, is pictured with, from left, Board of Education member Ben Cooke, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, Principal Sherry Cox, Superintendent Kim Morrison, and curriculum facilitator Amanda Robertson. Brown was named Classified Employee of the Year at the school.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_IMG_8573.jpgData manager Ava Brown, third from the right, is pictured with, from left, Board of Education member Ben Cooke, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, Principal Sherry Cox, Superintendent Kim Morrison, and curriculum facilitator Amanda Robertson. Brown was named Classified Employee of the Year at the school. Submitted photo

Eighth-grade math teacher Patricia Combs, third from the right, was named Teacher of the Year at Mount Airy Middle School. She is pictured with, from left, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Phillip Brown, Board of Education member Ben Cooke, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, Principal Olivia Byerly, and assistant principal Levi Goins.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Patricia-Combs.jpgEighth-grade math teacher Patricia Combs, third from the right, was named Teacher of the Year at Mount Airy Middle School. She is pictured with, from left, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Phillip Brown, Board of Education member Ben Cooke, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, Principal Olivia Byerly, and assistant principal Levi Goins. Submitted photo

Dean Combs, left, a custodian, is the Mount Airy Middle School Classified Employee of the year. Here he is seen with Principal Olivia Byerly and Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Dean-Combs.jpgDean Combs, left, a custodian, is the Mount Airy Middle School Classified Employee of the year. Here he is seen with Principal Olivia Byerly and Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett. Submitted photo

Math teacher Courtney Howlett, second from the left, was named Teacher of the Year at Mount Airy High School. She is pictured with, from left, assistant principal Kevin Joyce, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Board of Education member Ben Cooke.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Courtney-Howlett.jpgMath teacher Courtney Howlett, second from the left, was named Teacher of the Year at Mount Airy High School. She is pictured with, from left, assistant principal Kevin Joyce, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Board of Education member Ben Cooke. Submitted photo

Rhonda Ruedisueli, second from left, was named Alternative Learning Program Teaching Assistant of the Year. She is pictured with, from left, assistant principal Kevin Joyce, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Board of Education member Ben Cooke.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Rhonda.jpgRhonda Ruedisueli, second from left, was named Alternative Learning Program Teaching Assistant of the Year. She is pictured with, from left, assistant principal Kevin Joyce, Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett, and Board of Education member Ben Cooke. Submitted photo

Melissa A. Martin was named the School Nutrition Assistant of the Year. Here, she’s pictured with Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett and school nutrition director Celena Watson.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Melissa-A-Martin.jpgMelissa A. Martin was named the School Nutrition Assistant of the Year. Here, she’s pictured with Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett and school nutrition director Celena Watson. Submitted photo

Mount Airy Middle School Cafeteria Manager Vickie Bowman, reacts with surprised when Principal Olivia Byerly tells her she’s been selected as the Cafeteria Manager of the Year.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Vickie-Bowman.jpgMount Airy Middle School Cafeteria Manager Vickie Bowman, reacts with surprised when Principal Olivia Byerly tells her she’s been selected as the Cafeteria Manager of the Year. Submitted photo

Amy Utt, center, was named Mount Airy City Schools Bus Driver of the Year. She’s pictured here with Transportation Coordinator Jon Doss and Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Amy-Utt.jpgAmy Utt, center, was named Mount Airy City Schools Bus Driver of the Year. She’s pictured here with Transportation Coordinator Jon Doss and Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett. Submitted photo
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