Teachers of the year for each county school were honored Wednesday. | Alison James

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County school board honors HBS teachers

Published 4:05pm Thursday, January 24, 2013

Horseshoe Bend School teachers Ronda Boyd and Kim Vickers were recognized Wednesday at the first ever Teacher of the Year luncheon for Tallapoosa County.

“I consider it an honor,” Vickers said. “I don’t believe it’s anything particular that I do as an individual, but what I do with my colleagues. We all work together.”

Other teachers honored included Wendy Beck from Dadeville Elementary School, Deanna Jennings from Councill Middle School, Maribeth Farr from Dadeville High School, Leah Solomon from the elementary level at Reeltown School and Andy Chamness from the secondary level at Reeltown School.

Assistant Superintendent John Wilcox said when he saw who had won at each school, he was impressed but not surprised.

“I really believe we have some wonderful teachers in this system,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox and Superintendent Joe Windle presented plaques of appreciation to each winner. Additionally, Laura Yoder with Life Insurance Company of Alabama presented a gift to each winning teacher – a two-night, three-day trip to Orange Beach and a $250 Visa gift card for Beck, who was named Tallapoosa County Teacher of the Year, and a $50 Visa gift card for the other teachers.

“To be selected by the leadership in the school and your peers … is probably the highest honor that you could receive,” Windle said. “You know that you are doing something that is a step higher than what is required. It is a greater commitment than we could normally ask for. You do it with a determination that is greater.”

Beck said she thought it was her genuine care for kids that pushed her over the top to be chosen from among other teachers.

“As educators it’s our job to find out how to motivate kids, no matter where they come from,” Beck said.

Windle thanked Wilcox for identifying the need for the event and pulling together all the details.

“It’s something we ought to do every year, and we need to make it bigger and bigger every year,” Windle said.

Wilcox said he was extremely proud the luncheon and ceremony went as well as it did.

“I think this was the engine to cause it to happen from now on,” Wilcox said. “I thought it went very well. I’m so proud of the group we had to choose from.”