2007-11-15 / Front Page

Jill Clark named system-wide Teacher of the Year

The "Teachers of the Year" for 2008 were recognized at the Lincoln County Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, November 6. Pictured are: (l-r) Carol O'Neill, LCHS Teacher of the Year; Dr. Robert Williams, board chairman; Sharon Danner, Teacher of the Year for the Primary Grades (PK-2); Jill Clark, Teacher of the Year for the Elementary Grades (3-5) and Lincoln County Teacher of the Year; Dr. Randall Edmunds, superintendent of schools; and Patty Arthur, LCMS Teacher of the Year. The "Teachers of the Year" for 2008 were recognized at the Lincoln County Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, November 6. Pictured are: (l-r) Carol O'Neill, LCHS Teacher of the Year; Dr. Robert Williams, board chairman; Sharon Danner, Teacher of the Year for the Primary Grades (PK-2); Jill Clark, Teacher of the Year for the Elementary Grades (3-5) and Lincoln County Teacher of the Year; Dr. Randall Edmunds, superintendent of schools; and Patty Arthur, LCMS Teacher of the Year. Jill Clark, "Teacher of the Year" for the Elementary Grades (3-5), was named the system-wide Teacher of the Year for 2008 at the regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education held Tuesday, November 6.

Clark teaches fourth-grade language arts at LCES.

Also recognized at the meeting were Sharon Danner, Teacher of the Year for the Primary Grades (PK-2); Patty Arthur, LCMS Teacher of the Year; and Carol O'Neill, LCHS Teacher of the Year.

After receiving applause from the audience, each Teacher of the Year was presented with a red marble apple and a cash award by Brian Campbell, assistant superintendent for instructional services, and Dr. Robert Williams, chairman of the board.

Those present were also treated to a 10-minute video which included segments of each teacher in action in the classroom as well as comments about the honorees from their peers and principals. The video was produced by Ben Beggs, Amanda Scott, and Ryan Andrews, students at LCHS; teacher Garnett Wallace; and Jeff Jones, a technology specialist at the central office.

In his comments, Assistant Superintendent Campbell pointed out that Teachers of the Year are nominated by their peers. The final selections are then made by a team of educators from outside the county.

He went on to say that each finalist was required to complete a lengthy application.

An excerpt from the system-wide Teacher of the Year's application, dealing with her philosophy of education, appears below:

According to Clark, "Every child has the ability to learn. Sometimes it is just a matter of finding what works best for him in order to learn the material that is presented to him.

"As an educator, it is my responsibility to adapt lessons to meet every child's ability to learn...This is accomplished through cooperative group work, giving guidelines on how to complete a task, teacher-directed questioning, role playing, modeling through demonstration and explanation, and interactive teacher lectures. I also offer as many student-centered, hands-on activities as possible to allow children to probe further and gain more knowledge."

Another section of the application asked teachers what they considered to be their greatest contributions to education.

Clark wrote: "My greatest contribution to education is giving my students my all - by being prepared and giving them a structured, well-disciplined, and safe environment...My students quickly learn that I expect their very best effort each day and that they must always try, even when the curriculum seems above their level.

"Once they practice the various strategies that I am constantly sharing with them on how to learn new material and not memorize it, students embrace the learning process and constantly say how much they enjoy the activities.

"As a teacher, I want the best for each of my students; therefore, I'm always seeking new methods to incorporate into my teaching in order to help my students. Knowing each student learns differently, my goal is to find strategies that can help each one of them realize that learning doesn't have to be a daunting task. I want them to know that learning can be truly enjoyable, and there isn't always just one way to learn..."

As the system-wide Teacher of the Year, Clark received an additional cash award. Her name will also be added to the plaque containing the names of past system-wide Teachers of the Year, which is on permanent display at the board office.

The gifted educator will now go on to represent Lincoln County in the state Teacher of the Year competition. "Mrs. Clark has an excellent chance of being recognized at the state level, and we wish her well in that competition," said Dr. Randall Edmunds, superintendent of schools.

In other business, the board:

.. Discussed concerns about MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).

According to Dr. Williams, who is also a physician, "There are two types of MRSA: community-acquired, which can be treated with antibiotics if it's diagnosed properly, and hospital acquired, which is difficult to treat. As far as prevention goes, soap and water make a big difference."

.. Heard a report on the after-school programs at LCES and LCMS given by Superintendent Edmunds, who indicated that 35 students are taking part in the program at LCES and close to 20 at LCMS.

.. Reviewed financial reports for the General Fund, the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Fund, Quarterly School Funds, and the Construction Fund.

Concerning the new SPLOST, which went into effect July 1, Dr. Edmunds indicated that collections for July and August are higher than those for the same period last year. "Sales tax in the county seems to be going in the right direction."

In his comments on the Construction Fund for the new school, the superintendent said the system earned $31,607 in interest during the month of October on the $7 million in bond proceeds invested in the State Local Government Investment Pool (Georgia Fund 1).

.. Voted to accept the low bid of $15,474.95 from Washington Ford- Mercury for a 5.4 liter V-8 Ford truck to be used by school maintenance personnel, the band program, and the football team. The motion also stipulated that the purchase of a second truck and two trailers will replace one bus in next year's budget.

.. Voted to accept the low bid of $9,963 from The Carpet Shop, Inc. of Augusta to replace the carpet in the central office. It was noted that the carpet is bubbling up in places and becoming a hazard.

.. Discussed a proposal for the installation of a site draining system at LCES. It was later agreed to table the matter until more bids could be obtained.

.. Heard the second reading of revisions to the following policies: Noncertificated Personnel, Testing Programs - Student Assessment, and Software License Agreement. The revised policies were unanimously approved.

.. Reviewed the Recruitment Policy. No changes were made to the policy.

.. Heard the first reading of the Inoculations Policy, which covers changes made to the vaccination requirements for middle school students and others.

.. Voted to enter into executive session to deliberate upon the employment of personnel. Upon returning to regular session, the board:

.. Voted to accept the retirement of Ray Holloway from his teaching position at LCMS, effective at the end of the current school year.

.. Voted to approve Cindy Bufford and Tracy Hearst to serve as substitute nutrition workers.

.. Voted to approve Parrish Davis to serve as a substitute maintenance/custodial worker.

.. Voted to approve Robert Searles to serve as maintenance supervisor at LCES.

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