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Banks County School System Superintendent Stan Davis announced Brittany Brown, ESOL teacher at Banks County Primary School, as the Banks County School System Teacher of the Year on Monday night. She was awarded $500 from Jackson Electric Membership Corporation and each of the four schools recognized an educator as Teacher of the Year. Christy Pruitt, third grade teacher, BCES; Amy Ward, special education teacher, BCMS; and Jon Congdon, band instructor, BCHS; completed the court of professionals. A committee of educators outside of the community interviewed the teachers and read their individual portfolios prior to making the selection of the system teacher of the year. Dr. Joy Tolbert, superintendent for Commerce City Schools, served as an interviewer and commented, “All the candidates are all outstanding teachers who demonstrate commitment to their profession.
Amy Pierce, psychologist for the Banks County School System, was also honored as she was named the State School Psychologist of the Year. In addition to honoring the teachers, the system continued the tradition of recognizing Paraprofessionals of the Year and Classified Staff Members of the Year. Davis said of those being honored, “Thank you for the job you do. We appreciate you and your service,” he noted. Those honored as Paraprofessionals of the Year include Sonya Suggs, BCPS; Gwen McGee, BCES; Gina Polkingham, BCMS; and Teresa Royston, BCHS. Those named as Classified Staff Members of the Year include Chrissy Cosper, BCPS; Lisa Greenway, BCES; Jan Armour, BCMS; and Jade Strickland; BCHS. The Board of Education hosted a reception honoring all of the employees and their families on Monday, November 13th prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Banks County Board of Education.
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