ECHOLS COUNTY — Echols County Schools’ employees culminated a year of hard work and numerous accomplishments with the annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon held On May 29, during post planning.
The lunch was catered by Raisin’ Cane. Following the luncheon, Principal Dave Rosser recognized and expressed appreciation to board members, substitutes, and volunteers for their support and work during the 2014 school year. Appreciation was also expressed to Donya Coggins for the outstanding job she did in decorating the tables and lunchroom using a summer beach theme.
Several Employees of the Year were recognized and presented plaques by Assistant Principal, Wade Beale. The Employees are the Year are voted on and selected by their co-workers. Marie Carter was presented the plaque for Food Service Employee of the Year. Karen Black, school counselor, was recognized as Employee of the Year for Instructional Support Staff. Transportation Employee of the Year was Sarah Powers. Gabby Gallegos was selected as the Secretarial Employee of the Year. Paraprofessional Employee of the Year was Melody McEady.
Sylvia Tefft, the only school employee retiring, was honored and presented a rocking chair at the luncheon. Superintendent Tim Ragan praised her 30 years of teaching in the Echols County Schools System. He thanked her for always being a “people person” and for the work she did with students every year to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Math-A-Thon program. Following comments from Tim Ragan, other school employees had the opportunity to express their appreciation and comment on fond memories spanning Sylvia’s 30 year teaching career. Several former students of hers are now teaching in the system and shared their memories from having her as a teacher to being a mentor to them in their teaching careers. Family members who attended the luncheon and program were Sylvia’s husband Jerry, her son Daniel, her father Franklin Staten and mother in law Kay Tefft.