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Multiple teachers were honored for meeting the top 25% of student growth in the 2017-2018 school year in testing. These teachers are Danna Yelton of Marion Elementary, Katie Calloway of Nebo Elementary, John Beck of P.G. Elementary, Ashley Deal of Nebo Elementary, Wilma Brooks of Old Fort Elementary, Stephanie Mull of Glenwood Elementary, Heather Anderson of Glenwood Elementary, Natalie Morgan of Glenwood Elementary, Linda Greene of Old Fort Elementary, Erin Rayfield of West Marion Elementary, Brittany Atwell of Nebo Elementary, Genny Patton of West Marion Elementary, Renata Crawley of West Marion Elementary, Barbara Dyer of Old Fort Elementary, Anna Helms of P.G. Elementary, Heather Haynes of Nebo Elementary, Charlotte Frye of North Cove Elementary, Martha Bragg of West Marion Elementary, Tiffany Hall of Eastfield Global Magnet School, Ashley Bagwell of Nebo Elementary, Monica Allen of Marion Elementary, Stephanie Roland of P.G. Elementary, Whitney Jones of West McDowell Middle, Alicia Burnette of West McDowell Middle, Jeanna Gowan of West McDowell Middle, MaryAnn Basney of East McDowell Middle and Amber Lawing of East McDowell Middle.

At Monday’s McDowell County Board of Education meeting, multiple students and teachers were honored for recent achievements.

The board recognized students who participated in the 2018-2019 DECA International Career Development Conference.Those students were Nick Greene, Lake Silver, Hayden Vaughn, Aaron Loftis and Eavan Smith.

“It’s an honor for students to compete at this level in DECA,” said Superintendent Mark Garrett. “These seniors traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete.”

The 2018-2019 NC Skills USA Competition winners were recognized at the meeting. Those students were Bryce Allison, Harlie Laws, McKale McKinney, Andruw Randolph, Emma Sutton and Jared Tilson.

“This year was the largest state conference in history,” said Garrett. “There were over 4,000 in attendance and 120 contests held this year. McDowell County Schools went very well, and some students are heading to the national competition. I want to commend all of the instructors. We are starting to make a name for ourselves in all the right ways.”

The North Carolina State Science and Engineering Fair Regional winners were Tyler Brewer, Landon Brewer, Jordan Hall, Hayden Haynes, Jackson Dowdle and Parker Swart.

“We took a record number of students from our local science fair competition to the regional competition at Appalachian State University,” said Garrett.

Teachers whose students were in the top 25% in student growth across the state were announced at Monday’s meeting. The numbers are from last year’s testing results.

“It’s an incredible thing to accomplish for any teacher and it certainly speaks of the hard work from the teachers and students,” said executive director of administration Brian Oliver.

Those teachers in third-grade reading are Danna Yelton of Marion Elementary, Katie Calloway of Nebo Elementary, John Beck of P.G. Elementary, and Ashley Deal of Nebo Elementary. In fourth-grade reading, the teachers are Wilma Brooks of Old Fort Elementary, Stephanie Mull of Glenwood Elementary, Heather Anderson of Glenwood Elementary, Natalie Morgan of Glenwood Elementary, Linda Greene of Old Fort Elementary, Erin Rayfield of West Marion Elementary, and Brittany Atwell of Nebo Elementary. For fifth-grade reading, the teachers are Genny Patton of West Marion Elementary, Renata Crawley of West Marion Elementary, Barbara Dyer of Old Fort Elementary, Anna Helms of P.G. Elementary, Heather Haynes of Nebo Elementary, and Charlotte Frye of North Cove Elementary.

In fourth-grade math, the teachers are Martha Bragg of West Marion Elementary, Tiffany Hall of Eastfield Global Magnet School, Erin Rayfield of West Marion Elementary, Wilma Brooks of Old Fort Elementary, and Ashley Bagwell of Nebo Elementary. In fifth-grade math, the teachers are Monica Allen of Marion Elementary, Genny Patton of West Marion Elementary, and Stephanie Roland of P.G. Elementary. For sixth-grade math was Whitney Jones of West McDowell Middle.

In seventh-grade math, the teachers are Alicia Burnette of West McDowell Middle, Jeanna Gowan of West McDowell Middle. In eighth-grade math were MaryAnn Basney of East McDowell Middle and Amber Lawing of East McDowell Middle.

Renata Crawley was honored for being selected as the 2019-2020 McDowell County Schools Teacher of the Year, and Basney as the secondary Teacher of the Year.

In other business:

-Donna Gardner, doctor of education, presented the curriculum feature about West McDowell Middle School. This is Gardner’s last year as an educator.

-Teacher of the Year Angela Autrey spoke about a conference she and others attended to recruit teachers.

-Garrett updated the board on the construction at Old Fort Elementary. The project timeline continues to go well, Garrett said.

-The board voted unanimously to reappointment Dona Ramsey as McDowell Technical Community College trustee. Action will be taken next month.

-Amy Moomaw updated the board on Head Start. Doug McGraw updated the board on NJROTC.

-The next board meeting is Monday, June 10. For more information, visit www.mcdowell.k12.nc.us.

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