Knox County Schools recognize parents and staff members of the year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- The Knox County Schools Title I District Advisory Council and the school system’s 19 Title I schools are recognizing parents and staff members of the year for the 2007-2008 school year.

Title I is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed by Congress in 1965. It operates programs in high poverty areas, for children who need extra educational assistance to perform on grade level. The parent of the year program is designed to honor parents who have demonstrated a high level of engagement in their children’s education. Classroom teachers selected the top three Parents of the Year for each school. Parents were selected based on their level of at-home support to education as well as family-school communication.

“This year the focus was on parents who are engaged in their children’s education, but who may not always be highly visible in the school,” said Tracey Matthews, Knox County Schools Title I family and community engagement consultant. “Our goal is to emphasize the importance of the at home role parents play in their children’s education. Researchers call it “invisible engagement.”

Staff members of the year were also selected based on their support of family engagement activities at their school and individual initiative to increase family communication and support.

“This is an excellent opportunity to honor our students’ parents and the commitment they make to their children’s success,” said Dr. Donna Wright Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Knox County Schools. “We cannot do enough to stress the importance of family engagement and teacher-parent communication. Parental engagement and open continuous communication are large factors in the success of high achieving students.”

The parents and staff members receiving recognition are:

Austin East Staff Member of the Year Ronald Fowlkes
Austin East Parent of the Year Beverly Holland
Austin East Parent of the Year Donald Patterson
Austin East Parent of the Year Brian Campbell
Austin East Parent of the Year Dorothea Campbell
Beaumont Staff Member of the Year Ghada Eid
Beaumont Parent of the Year Frank Layton
Beaumont Parent of the Year Mrs. Layton
Beaumont Parent of the Year Lyndia Smith
Beaumont Parent of the Year Erin Frost
Belle Morris Staff Member of the Year Suzanne Caldwell-Smith
Belle Morris Parent of the Year Pamela Cameron
Belle Morris Parent of the Year Rita Hendrick
Belle Morris Parent of the Year Jacqueline Slagle
Christenberry Staff Member of the Year Carolyn Lewis
Christenberry Parent of the Year Kathy Kron-Tullos
Christenberry Parent of the Year Lori Dale
Dogwood Staff Member of the Year Alison Chain
Dogwood Parent of the Year Jimmy Glover
Dogwood Parent of the Year Mary Glover
Dogwood Parent of the Year Crystal Harmon
Dogwood Parent of the Year Brenda Strader
Fair Garden Staff Member of the Year Rufus Lomax Sr.
Fair Garden Parent of the Year Marcus Blakemore
Fair Garden Parent of the Year Nicole Chandler
Fair Garden Parent of the Year Paula Gee
Green Staff Member of the Year Vivian Williams
Green Parent of the Year Molly Hirsch
Green Parent of the Year Kristin Thayer
Green Parent of the Year Deborah Cox
Inskip Staff Member of the Year Mary Creekmore
Inskip Parent of the Year Marla Ingram
Inskip Parent of the Year Shelley Dane
Inskip Parent of the Year Angie Kirkland
Lonsdale Staff Member of the Year Claudia Abbott
Lonsdale Parent of the Year Cindy Sanford
Lonsdale Parent of the Year Janelyn Glenn
Lonsdale Parent of the Year Gerald Glenn
Lonsdale Parent of the Year Vickie Daugherty
Maynard Staff Member of the Year Angela Ballard
Maynard Parent of the Year Wanda Horton
Maynard Parent of the Year Doris Tatum
Maynard Parent of the Year Diane Evans
Norwood Staff Member of the Year Kathleen Mills
Norwood Parent of the Year Chantay Young
Norwood Parent of the Year Karen Boyer
Norwood Parent of the Year Lisa Allen
Pond Gap Staff Member of the Year Jeannie Tennant
Pond Gap Parent of the Year Melanie Clark
Pond Gap Parent of the Year Marie Hall
Pond Gap Parent of the Year Lakesha Westfield
Sam E. Hill Staff Member of the Year Holland Paula
Sam E. Hill Parent of the Year Mattress Chiquila
Sam E. Hill Parent of the Year Mildred Williams
Sam E. Hill Parent of the Year David Williams
Sam E. Hill Parent of the Year Shelia Dascomb
Sarah Moore Greene Staff Member of the Year Amy Maples
Sarah Moore Greene Parent of the Year LaTravia Williams
Sarah Moore Greene Parent of the Year Trista Cody
Sarah Moore Greene Parent of the Year Hailey Goodwin
Sarah Moore Greene Parent of the Year Donta Goodwin
South Knox Staff Member of the Year Kristina Boles
South Knox Substitute Rebecca Greene
South Knox Parent of the Year Keisha Fields
South Knox Parent of the Year Felecia Venable
South Knox Parent of the Year Steven Venable
South Knox Parent of the Year Linda Stidman
Spring Hill Staff Member of the Year Christi Kirk
Spring Hill Parent of the Year Patricia Miller
Spring Hill Parent of the Year Tosha Delaney
Spring Hill Parent of the Year Candace Dendy
Vine Staff Member of the Year Shirley Walker
Vine Parent of the Year Tammy Campbell
Vine Parent of the Year Cheryl Robertson
Vine Parent of the Year James Arter
Vine Parent of the Year Mrs. Arter
West View Staff Member of the Year Wendy Markwood
West View Parent of the Year Faye Bowman
Whittle Springs Staff Member of the Year Paige Linn
Whittle Springs Special Parent Award Elaine Waggoner
Whittle Springs Parent of the Year Jacqueline Slagle
Whittle Springs Parent of the Year Erika Delaney
Whittle Springs Parent of the Year Patricia Russell

(Information submitted by Knox County Schools.)


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