Gamma Mu Musings March 2010 From the President’s Pen… Dear Sisters in Gamma Mu, It is wonderful to see the warmer days and the beginning of new life around us. This winter has been long and hard for many of us, but I for one, am looking forward to spring. Speaking of new beginnings, I want to congratulate our new slate of officers and wish them well in the next biennium. I know they will do a magnificent job. Three of our members were selected “Teachers of the Year” for their respective schools. We are so proud of Angie Wills, Gay Miller, and Evelyn Ainsworth. All of you are so deserving. We are busily catching our scrapbook up to date. If you have any pictures, please be sure to bring them to the next meeting. When finished, this should give us a pictorial presentation of our chapter from beginning to present. This is so important to keep a record. I was so pleased to have 100% in attendance at our book review in February. So mark your calendar for March 23rd, as our next meeting will be potluck at First Christian Church at 4:15. Hope to see you there. Sisterly love, Carol Stout Announcements and Thank you’s … Calendar Events: Gamma Mu Meeting March 23, First Christian Church, Potluck Dinner, 4:15 Xi State Memory Books Must be purchased by March 31 ($17.00 if you are interested) Summer Tea Evelyn Cook’s June 19 Xi State Convention June 10-12, Sewanee International Convention July 20-24, Spokane, Washington Thank You: A special “thank you” to Andy Wright for the excellent job she has done in putting together and updating our yearbook. Gamma Mu Recognition… We would like to spotlight our teachers who received the “Johnson County Teachers of the Year “at their school level for 2009-2010” and who are members of our organization. Congratulations to each of them for a job well done!!! MRS. GAY MILLER Gay Miller is the recipient of the Johnson County Teacher of the Year Award at the school level for grades 5-8. She teaches Special Education at Mountain City Elementary. She received her degree in Special Education Mild/Moderate from Appalachian State University, her gifted certification from Walters State Community College, and her MA in Teaching in Special Education and Learning Disabilities from Appalachian State University. Gay has received many honors in the educational field especially for her work on the web. She has developed and is the technology site coordinator for the website at Mountain City Elementary, which led her to receive Classroom Connect’s Internet Educator of the Year for the South Region, “Best Bet” on the USA TODAY Education Web, and Education World “Cool School of the Week” . In the past, she has been the second place national winner of the 21st Century Teacher Award for best utilizing cable programming and its related technologies as a classroom tool to enhance learning. Gay has also previously been a “Johnson County Teacher of the Year.” She also developed and did an outstanding job with the web page for our Gamma Mu Chapter. Her creativity and enjoyment of working on the computer is a talent that she has given back to others in many ways. Gay works and goes beyond the average to develop ideas and create materials that can be used in her classroom. She works hand in hand with colleagues as she teams up with classroom teachers to mainstream special education children into the “inclusion class setting.” It is wonderful to see how she is able to help many of the struggling students reach success as they are part of her teaching experience. Other areas of her educational service include Johnson County Data Team, Mountain City Elementary Steering Committee , and Gamma Mu Technology Committee, just to mention a few. On a personal note, Gay lives at Blowing Rock, NC, is married and has two grown sons. She has served her community through the church at St. Mary Episcopal as Sunday School Director and teacher. She has enjoyed cooking monthly meals and preparing “exit boxes” for the Hospitality House, a local homeless shelter. She enjoys baking cookies, making crafts, planting a garden, and reading. She is a lady of many talents!! MRS. ANGIE WILLS Angie is the recipient of the Johnson County Teacher of the Year Award at the school level for grades 5-8 at Laurel Elementary. She currently teaches math at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade level. She has also taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th in a self contained classroom. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from ETSU. It is said that Angie is a highly dependable and involved educator, who is very professional and greatly child-centered. At her school she is the designee when the principal is away. She has served on the Johnson County Data team, is the team chair at her school, and is involved with “We the People.” She has made herself available to help with tutoring children, and is the first to volunteer when a need arises at school. She is involved in JCEA and Laurel P.T.O. Angie has received the Crystal Apple Award and has previously been “Johnson County Teacher of the Year” at the county level. On a personal note, Angie is married and has one son. She is very involved in church and works with the youth. She loves to hike, spend time with her family, and watch her son play basketball. Her kindness is displayed as she spends time with and taking care of her “Papaw.” We are honored to have her represent the educators of Johnson County and Gamma Mu as school level “Teacher of the Year.” Mrs. Evelyn Ainsworth Evelyn is one of our newest members of Gamma Mu. We are pleased to have her as part of our organization and were very pleased to see her nomination for school level “Teacher of the Year.” Evelyn teaches at Doe Elementary. She earned her Associate Degree at Northeast State and her BA Interdisciplinary Studies with licensure in Pre-K through 6 from Virginia Intermont College. She is working on her Master’s at ETSU. On a personal note, she is married and has four children and five grandchildren. As you can see, children are a great part of her life, and are very important to her. This is one reason she has chosen the teaching profession. She says that she is a life long learner, wishing to instill the love of learning in her students. She greatly enjoys reading and the adventures it can take her around the world! Congratulations to these ladies for representing women educators with such great character and accomplishments. Slate of Officers for 2010-2012 President-Andy Wright 1st President-Beverly McKinney 2nd President-Rose Rasmussen Secretary-Angie Wills Corresponding Secretary- Barbara Henson Treasurer- Teresa Mullen Just for Fun… Easter Carrot Cake Ingredients 4 eggs 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3 cups grated carrots 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup butter, softened 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 4 cups confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chopped pecans Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. 2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. 4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake. Quote of the Month Do you treasure the “ordinary” moments of life as moments bearing the fingerprints of God?
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