Teachers, administrators and staff members from every school and department came together today to officially ring in the 2012-2013 school year. Kindergarten students, eyes bright and filled with excitement, may find it hard to sleep tonight as they prepare for all of the exciting opportunities the new school year brings, which begins with the first day of school for students in Scott County on Aug. 7. Our youngest students, learning to raise their hand and walk in a single file line, will all too quickly be our graduates, the Class of 2025. Students who come to school sharp as a new crayon, they are the reason we were all here today.
Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized the best of the best on this Opening Day, those individuals who are dedicated and innovative, who arrive early and stay late with steadfast focus on student learning. Scott County Schools celebrated Teacher and Employee of the Year Award winners and recipients of the Campbellsville University Excellence in Education Awards from last spring. Nationally Board Certified teachers Ginny Barnes, Shannon Childress,Lisa Hanson and Michael Marshall were recognized by their colleagues alongside Cristina Green, a Nationally Board Certified School Psychologist. On this day we also celebrated Mitzi Marshall, Nutrition Manager at Southern Elementary School, for her national Louise Sublette Award of Excellence.
Social Worker Carol Wilson received a Good Samaritan Award for her devotion and service to the students of Cardinal Academy. Gayla Darnell, Nutrition Manager at Scott County High School, was the Fred Award winner for Scott County Schools. This award is named in honor of outstanding postal worker Fred Shea who inspired the book The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn. Fred Award winners make a positive difference in the lives of others each day and provide the best customer service possible.
Opening Day, and Scott County Schools, would not be complete without two extraordinary individuals who have each devoted 60 years of service to our district. These two teachers call Scott County home and are the foundation upon which excellence in teaching in our district has been built. For their continued service, we had the opportunity on this Opening Day to express our united appreciation to teachers Betty Graves and Marie Jones.