Achievements don’t go unnoticed

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Last week, the Marshall County School board recognized several students and teacher leaders for their commendable work.

The Director of Schools Jacob Sorrells recognized two-time Mr. Basketball KJ Johnson at Monday’s meeting. Johnson visited Lipscomb University, and Sorrells received several compliments about Johnson’s behavior and overall attitude.

“I’ve never heard one ill word about you. I’ve only heard positive things,” Sorrells said. “Thank you for being such a great role model for our younger kids, and thank you for representing Marshall County the way you do.”

The school board recognized 4-H public speaking winners. Sadie Smith won first place for fourth grade, Caroline McNutt finished first place for fifth grade, and Coraline Garrell won first place for sixth grade. Andrew Ryan finished first place for the seventh grade, Becca Clark finished first for eighth grade, Rabeth Ryan won first place 9th grade, Ellarose Strasser won first place for 10th grade, and Emma Strasser won first place for 12th grade.

“Congratulations to all you public speakers. That is a unique skill , and it will carry you through life,” Sorrells said.

The board also recognized Paige Fuller and Drew Piper for representing Marshall County at the Tennessee School Board Association Student Congress on policies and education, which is also known as the SCOPE conference.

Test results are in, and several students received a perfect score on their TNReady tests. Liam Bell; sixth grade math, Brianna Gill; fifth grade math, Cooper Hilton; fifth grade science, Ethan Jacobs; sixth grade math, Wyatt Joyce; sixth grade science, Nyles Taylor; sixth grade science, and Zachary Moore; eighth grade science.

In addition to the student recognitions, the school board took the opportunity to honor several teachers who volunteered to lead professional development: Kristin Bailey, technology teacher leader from Marshall Elementary, Penny Finley, a technology teacher leader from Cornersville, Maury Wood, technology teacher leader from Westhills, Jennifer Gillespie, a technology teacher leader from Chapel Hill Elementary, Debbie Harwell, an early literacy ELA teacher leader from Oak Grove, Sara Perry, an ELA teacher leader from Westhills, Kim Higgs, an ELA teacher leader from Westhills, Nicole Lowe, an ELA teacher leader from Chapel Hill Elementary, Erin

Bowden, an ELA teacher leader from Marshall Elementary, Tonya Leonard, an ELA teacher leader from Delk-Henson, Kim Anderson, a technology teacher leader from Marshall County High School, Tracy Hall, an ELA teacher leader from Forest School, Jill Worley, an ELA teacher leader from Cornersville High School, Vanessa Sweeney, an ELA teacher leader from Marshall County High School, Kara Barker, an ELA teacher leader from Lewisburg Middle School, and Benita Villines, an ELA teacher leader from Lewisburg Middle School, Tamela Haislip, a mentor teacher leader at Lewisburg Middle School, Charlotte Zajac, a mentor teacher leader at Marshall County High School, and Joy McMasters, a mentor teacher leader at Cornersville.

“All of these teachers make it happen every day,” Sorrells said. “We respect them and appreciate them.”