Event celebrates Cassville educators
Several Cassville R-4 School District faculty members were honored with special recognitions, gifts and scholarships during this year's Cassville Community Teachers Association (CCTA) reception, which was held in the middle school cafeteria on May 20.
Cassville High School graduates Callie Woods and Ali Hanson were recognized at the start of the event as this year's recipients of the CCTA scholarships. Woods plans to attend Missouri Southern State University and Hanson will attend Pittsburg State University in the fall.
Superintendent Richard Asbill presented nearly 40 attendance awards to faculty members who missed no school days during the fourth quarter. Asbill also recognized Michael Hall, high school communication arts teacher, and Lisa Hoffman, kindergarten teacher, who had perfect attendance for the entire 2012-13 school year.
Mary Cupps, Cassville Education Fund chair, awarded two grants during the reception. Jill Poulson, high school mathematics teacher, received a grant for a document camera, and Lisa Schell and Kari Asbill, Title I teachers, were awarded funds for a math program.
Becky Henningson, Cassville School Board member, presented district scholarships to Jennifer Pendergraft, middle school mathematics teacher, and Mary Hagens, high school communication arts teacher. The $2,500 scholarships were awarded to the faculty members for college graduate programs.
"I want to thank each of our teachers for the year we have had and what you each give our students," said Henningson. "We feel certain that we have one of the best schools in the state of Missouri, and we appreciate each one of you and what you do."
Henningson reported that 72 percent of the R-4 School District faculty has a master's degree or higher. This year, additional teachers will complete their master's degrees increasing the rate to over 75 percent.
Sandy Fitzpatrick, intermediate school library and media specialist, awarded a special Friends of Education Award to Diane Shiveley, who has served as a volunteer at the school for a number of years.
"She is here anytime we need help," said Fitzpatrick. "When we have the book fair, she is here from open to close, even on the nights that we are open to 7 p.m. after teacher conferences."
Fitzpatrick said that when the library was moved a few years ago, Shiveley came to the school each day to help with the move. This year, she volunteered two days each week to help relabel library materials. She also goes to pick up lunch for all of the teachers and reads stories to students who visit the library.
"There is no way we could ever repay her for her help and kindness," said Fitzpatrick.
Chris Redmon, high school principal, recognized Steve Mann, high school speech and debate teacher, and Patty Brown, high school aide, who are both retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Redmon also had the opportunity to present this year's Young Educator of the Year Award to Michelle Bright, high school publications teacher.
Janet McNeill, who received the district's Teacher of the Year Award during the 2011-12 school year, presented this year's outstanding teacher award to a pair of educators. Christy Hermansen, primary school library and media specialist, received the award for the primary and intermediate schools, and Mary Richmiller, high school vocal music instructor, received the award at the middle school and high school level.
Other nominees for the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year Award were: Pam Ferguson, preschool teacher; Michelle Raymaker, kindergarten teacher; Jewel Farwell, fifth grade teacher; Marelyn Wood, high school mathematics teacher; Ron Hudson, middle school communication arts teacher; and Lisa Lasley, middle school special education teacher.
Asbill concluded the reception with an update on the district's health insurance, which continue to be 100 percent funded during the 2013-14 school year, and an update on capital improvement and summer maintenance projects.
The 2012-13 school year CCTA officers are: Patti Daniels, president; Amy Cole, vice president; Julie Dillow, secretary; Patty Ewing, treasurer; Jennifer Hanson, membership chair; Connie Rose, primary school representative; Wilma Swofford, intermediate school representative; Jennifer Pendergraft, middle school representative; and Mary Hagens, high school representative.