Teachers recognized for perfect attendance
Florence 1 Schools recently recognized 262 certified teachers for having perfect attendance during the 2018-19 school year.
Each of these teachers will receive a monetary award of $2,000 on June 14.
In order to receive the monetary award, the educators had to attend school each day since the beginning of the school year without using any sick or personal days. Professional leave was permitted as educators worked to further develop and perfect their professional practice.
Earlier this year, Dr. Richard O’Malley, Superintendent of Florence 1 Schools announced specific objectives outlined in Florence 1’s Strategic Plan: Florence 1 in 2021. One of the objectives of the plan relates to Professional Talent in Every Role. It includes this strategy: Creative Incentives for Attracting and Retaining Top Talent.
In keeping with the objective, Dr. O’Malley communicated the $2,000 incentive (strategy) to teachers at the beginning of the school year.
“I am delighted that so many of our teachers are sharing the responsibility that ‘every student strives.’ It is a part of our commitment to quality and expectations in Florence 1 Schools. Research indicates that there is a direct correlation between teacher absences and reduction in student productivity,” said Dr. O’Malley. “We believe that investment in our teachers is a necessary component for student achievement, and with improved teacher attendance each year, we will continue to expect improved student achievement each year as well,” he added.
During the previous school year, (2017-18) there were 25 teachers recognized for perfect attendance. Last year, the 25 teachers received an award of $200.
This year’s number of teachers receiving recognition for perfect attendance (262) is more than a 100% increase in the number of teachers receiving perfect attendance over last year’s number. Schools and teacher incentive awardee totals include: South Florence, 22 teachers; North Vista, West Florence 19 teachers; Dewey Carter, 18 teachers; Greenwood, 17 teachers; Carver, 15 teachers; Wilson, 14 teachers; McLaurin, Moore, Royall, Southside, Williams, 12 teachers; Wallace-Gregg, 10 teachers; Briggs, Carver, Delmae, Lester, Sneed, 9 teachers; Timrod, Lucy T. Davis, 8 teachers; Savannah Grove, 6 teachers; Florence 1, 3 teachers; Florence Career Center, 2 teachers; Poynor and (4) Early Childhood Centers, 1 teacher.
Teachers in Florence 1 Schools who have received perfect attendance for the 2018-19 school year include: Alfred Rush Academy, Fred W. Elmore; Briggs Elementary, MaryAnne M. Baggett, Emily Beachum, Julie Causey, Sadie Chisholm, Paige Rogers-Garrison, Donna Walker, Stephanie Walker-Boston, Amy Welch, and Twasha Woods. Carver Elementary, Mary Baker, Robin Bessenger, Megan Bolt, Debra Bryant, Gwendolyn Cox, Beverly Davis, Conner Elms, Anna Korb, Janet Lowrance, Priscilla Mumford, Karen Munn, Amanda Shealy, Patty Ward, Cynthia Watson, Elizabeth White; Child Development Center at Woods Road, Julie Lowry. Delmae Elementary, Deborah Coward, Lindsey Herring, Ashley Johnson, Amy McDowell, Julie Shealy, Joannie Swaringer, Rhonda Tuttle, Velma Wilson and Lisa Young. Dewey Carter Elementary, Maria Bartelle-Patterson, Shujuan Carter, Marcia Chestnut, Lisa Cox, Dean Davenport, Tracie Davis, Julian Dickerson, Shawn Dodd, Andra Enzor, Amy Jackson, Paullet Maleckar, Elizabeth Moore, Mitzi Mozen, Shirlee Padgett, Sara Turner, Corissa Weatherford, Shaquetta Wilson, and Laura Woods. Florence Career Center, Edwin Barnhill, Willie Harwell. Florence 1 Schools, Willie Coleman, Sandra Wallace and Nicholas Yock. Greenwood Elementary, Lyndsay Brown,
Aimee Childs, John Delffs, Jennifer Fields, Teresa Harmon, Jaclyn Kiker, Emily King, Caroline Leland, Sara May, Chrissie Prince, Leah Purvis, Kimberly Reynolds, Dianne Rowell, Kimberly Ryan, James Smyth, Stephanie Weatherford, and Boyce Woodberry. John W. Moore, Mary Belk, Brandi Benton-Spencer, Benjamin Daniel, Ginger Daniel, Michelle Ellerbe, Katherine Fanning, Erin Figueras, Shelly Flud, Dawn Kirven, Debra Smith, Joshua Spencer, and Jennifer Wollan. Lester Elementary, Terry Anderson, Daina Foote, Makayla Howard, Emily Lowman, Melanie Padgett, Esther Powell, Barbara Pruitt, William Richburg, and Pamela Smith. Lucy T. Davis Elementary, Beth Abernathy, Kierra Bush, Lisa Hawkins, Willette Jones, Deronda Michael, Kristen Orr, Stephanie Roark, and Dale Watford. McLaurin Elementary, Zachary Calcutt, Courtney Canipe, Valerie Church, Marilyn Delung, Robin Richardson, Latisha Simon, Lindsay Smith, Tracy Smith, Kenya Smith-Edge, Judy Turbeville, Paul Wells, and Brittany Williamson.
Montesorri Pre-K Rush, Nancy L. Carter. North Vista Elementary, Norfold Bennett, Monique Blake, Jennifer Bradley, Sheila Bresnan, Geneva Brown, Roselyn Green, Amy Jordan, Jaukinia Law, Leticia Lee, Taneshan Lopez-Butler, Shawnette Matthie, Kalin Mixon, Lisa Slone, Lakisha Timmons, Sherry Tucker, Shelley Warner, Suzette Watson, Steven Welch, and Tony Woodson. Poynor Adult Education, Susanne Fountain. RN Beck, Carver Community Center, Rosetta McElveen. Royall Elementary, Dawn Brown, Catherine Denny, Jill Fitzkee, Julia Hickman, Bridgett Kennedy, Michelle Matney, Diamond Palmer, Angela Pettigrew, Mary Pettigrew, Amanda Riley, Christy Rogers, and Katherine Williams. Savannah Grove Elementary, Victoria Holdaway, Cynthia Owens-Gause, Morgan Pate, Erica Tableau, Melissa Truluck and Layton Wicker. Sneed Middle, Jeffery Donor, Lynn Howard, Richard Hyman, Jr., Teenechian McCall, Rhonda McDonald, Brandy Montgomery, Petronela Popa, and Leisha Salman. South Florence High, Angelia Brockington, Rebecca Cooper, Douglas Coyne, Cynthia Crosswell, Andrea Davis, Roslynn Elom, Erick Figueras, Sonya Fraiser-Yarborough, Whitney Hill, Bobby Jones, Vanyke McCray, Suzanne Owens, John Rainwater, Brian Randall, Asha Reaves-Jackson, Edna Rodriguez, Laronda Shaw, Nicole Sims, Clare Smith, Katharine Smolen-Morton, Diana Stacy, and Tyla Stuckey.
Southside Middle, John Carter, Amber Christy, Jose Cuello Pacheco, Dawn Gray, Jessica James, Ann Nichols, Krishna Pratap, Jimmy Sullivan, Robin Voss, Scott Ward, Joann Warr, and Robin Young. Timrod Elementary, Adrian Devane, Catherine Godwin, Altia Hamm, Dora Humphrey, Hannah Kingsley, Demetrice Legette, Iva Peoples-Ashley, and Jennifer Sims. Wallace-Gregg Elementary, Kassie Barnett, Pamela Bullock, Megan Gause, Kimberly Gledura, Margaret Henry, Candice Heyward, Aleise McElveen, Teara Morrison, Deborah Rogers, and Lowandra Sims. West Florence High, Josh Brown, John Chard, Warren Coker, Andrew Cummings, Michelle Cummings, Kimberly Davis, Laura Dixon, Lisa Doyle, Calvin Duncan, Gregory Gandy, Craig Goodman, Cynthia Harrison, Daryl Jarvis, Palmer Johnson-Allen, Elisabeth Jordan, Colleen Kennedy, Lydia O’Toole, Alexander Shortall, and Abby Sullivan. Williams Middle, Shirley Burke, Matthew Carl, Vashon Davis-Henneghan, Lillian Dixon, Spencer Gaither, Susie Hunter, Alexandra Konnerth, Jaqueline Long, Laura McFadden, Aida Morillo, Sonja Shea and Tracy Swinney-Carter. Wilson High, Earl Bowen, Gail Bradford, Emily Branham, Lucretia Brunson, Bryan Carfley, Kimberley Cooper, Lonia Davis, Tasha Davis, Myron Frieson, Crystal James, Toriano Jones, Emmett Rieger, Stephen Welch and Jeah Wolfe.
Teachers who maintained perfect attendance for the past 2 years, 2018 and 2019, include Nancy Carter, A.E. Rush Child Development Center; Patty Ward, Carver Elementary; Shujuan Carter, Dewey L. Carter Elementary; John Delffs, Greenwood Elementary; Amber Christy, Southside Middle; Kassie Barnett, Megan Gause, Wallace-Gregg Elementary; Spencer Gaither, Jaqueline Long, Williams Middle.