Drew Central recognizes teachers at January meeting; accepts Johnston's retirement

On Thursday, the Drew Central School Board recognized a fourth grade teacher for earning National Teacher Certification.

Superintendent Mike Johnston said earning a national certification is no easy feat, and he is very proud of teacher Mary Hobbs for being the second Drew Central teacher to earn the status.

Trudy Jackson, principal at Drew Central Elementary School, said Hobbs has worked very hard for this certification and her school is ecstatic about Hobbs' news.

During an interview in December Hobbs said with the certification under her belt, the 18-year teaching veteran feels she is even better equipped to handle the common core, which is being implemented statewide, now that she's earned her national certification because obtaining the certification made her dig deeper into the standards to gain deeper understanding of the standards.

Hobbs said the staff and faculty at Drew Central have been extremely supportive and helpful.

 "We are like a family and we support each other," Hobbs said.

The board also recognized teachers who earned mini-grants from the school district using money donated by Ryburn Motors and the Toyota Foundation.

Bennie Ryburn, III. was on hand to congratulate the teachers who received the mini-grants his dealership and Toyota made possible. The donations were for $5,000. The school awarded eight mini-grants of about $500 each.

The mini-grant recipients were:

• Rick Donham for his Carolina Bio-Lab Virtual lab $412

• Clark Wilmouth for his Sound Booth For EAST Lab $500

• Barbie Eubanks for her "Into the Swamp" trip to Lafayette, La. $500

• Belinda King for her Readers are Leaders ipads for AR $500

• Julie Callison for her  Apple a Day ipad and apps for the classroom $500

• Sheila Gardner for her Reading for a Reason – a trip to Murray's Dinner Theater as an AR reading award $500

•Eva Arrington for her DCE Engineering Institute $500

• Mary Hobbs for her Techie Teaching ipad for teaching $500

Jackson said there were so many applicants for the mini-grants with great ideas and the district found the money to provide a four more grants.

•Eulea Kiraly for her Windows to the World Scholastic Magazines Subscription

•Brian Canard for Stock Market and Economic Activities for the economic class

•Nelwyn Birth for her printer for Business Department for students to printing assignments for multiple projects and classes.

The board also voted to:

• approve the school bus inspection report.

• approve the new travel policy.

The only personnel business was for the board to accept the resignation of Johnston, who is retiring after serving Drew Central for 32 years and a total of 44 years in education. The board accepted his resignation, but President Rene Knowles said the board is sad to see him go and he will be greatly missed. Johnston official retirement date will be June 30.

See Wednesday's Advance for in-depth coverage of this meeting.


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