Union County Public Schools Employee Newsletter June 2008
Garner is Teacher of the Year
Union County Public Schools chose Porter Ridge High School
Spanish teacher Jessica Garner as its top teacher during an annual
awards ceremony Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at Rolling Hills Country
Garner, 30, a 10th-year veteran teacher, said she is not only
excited to represent her school and the county, but is also excited
for her students. “I think this will mean a lot to them,” she said.
Porter Ridge principal, Sam Basden, said what sets Garner
apart is her teaching style and the way she runs her classroom.
“Her classroom is a community,” Basden said. “When you go
into her classroom, you walk into Garnerland, and once you’re
there, you belong. She moves seamlessly from one type of instruc-
tion to another. She addresses all teaching styles, but she does it
secretly. She kind of sneaks things in.”
Before naming Garner as the top teacher, UCPS Superinten-
dent Dr. Ed Davis congratulated all the school-level winners.
“This is a time to honor those of you who give your blood, sweat
and tears to the Union County Public Schools, and do those great
things for children that you do on a daily basis. We’re very fortu- UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis presents Porter Ridge
nate in this system to have such good teachers.” High School Spanish teacher Jessica Garner the 2008 UCPS
For winning the title, Garner will receive $500 cash for her Teacher of the Year plaque.
personal use, a UCPS Teacher of the Year plaque, a laptop com-
puter and 12-month use of a 2008 automobile. Her portrait will be
displayed in Central Office’s Teacher Hall of Fame located on the
Teacher raises proposed
sixth floor of the Union County Government Center. She will also Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed budget recommends
represent UCPS at the Regional Teacher of the Year Competition to an average 7 percent pay increase for teachers, at-
be held later this year. tempting to meet the national average for teacher pay.
Time Warner Cable sponsored the UCPS Teacher of the Year Currently, the difference between the US and NC aver-
banquet. “Thank you for your dedication to your students. Thank age for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and 15 years
you for your belief in your profession. Thank you for your ex- experience is 6.9 percent.
ample to your colleagues, some of whom are here tonight to honor The budget recommends state employees receive
you. And thank you for all that you do for those who work and the equivalent of a 4 percent pay increase through a 1.5
live in the Union County area,” said Special Projects Coordinator percent cost-of-living adjustment and a $1,000 one-time
Roberta Farman with Time Warner Cable. “Time Warner Cable bonus. State employees will also receive 5 days of paid
honors and salutes you.” The banquet was broadcast on Cable bonus leave. The budget also includes a cost of living
Channel 9 May 2, and May 3, 2008.
adjustment for state retirees.
Teacher Assistant of the Year is Beatrice Household
On the Inside Beatrice Household was “I don’t think there was a person in that
chosen as the 2008 Teacher room who wasn’t deserving,” she said. “We all
Assistant of the Year during like to know we are doing a good job, and it
Superintendent’s Message - Page 2 means even more that it was done by my peers.
a banquet held Thursday,
In the Spotlight - - - - - Page 2 April 17, 2008, at South Pied- They do this every day. They walk in my shoes.”
mont Community College. During the evening, scholarships were pre-
Retirees honored - - - - Page 3 sented to three students, all children of UCPS
Household, 42, a nine-
NBCT recognized - - - - - Page 4 year-veteran teacher as- teacher assistants. Luke Chapman, a Sun Valley
sistant at Sardis Elementary, Beatrice Household High student planning to attend NC State, was
Professional News - - - - Page 5 awarded a $1,000 scholarship. William Siezega,
was chosen during the 16th
Employee News - - - Page 5 & 6 annual Teacher Assistant of the Year banquet a Sun Valley High student planning to attend
held by the North Carolina Association of Lenoir-Rhyne College, received a $500 scholar-
Teacher Assistants (NCATA). She said being ship, as did Ashley Taylor, a Piedmont High
chosen was quite an honor. graduate attending East Carolina.
As the 2007-2008 school year draws
its sponsors and all the volunteers who
to an end, I reflect in admiration and
made this event special for so many
respect on the work that has been done
by our students, teachers, administrators,
The Very Special Arts Festival is
and staff in making our mission of
only one of hundreds of service events
“Preparing All Students to Succeed” a
that took place in our schools this year.
reality. And, of course, none of
Students have time and again risen to
our successes would be possible without
the call of need, whether it was through
the cooperation and contributions of our
helping our fine men and women and
parents and community at large.
their families who are serving in the
Throughout this school year I have
armed forces; to donating stuffed animals
visited in all of our 48 schools and have
to help sick children at Levine Children’s
been in hundreds of classrooms, seeing
Hospital; to making warm blankets for
firsthand the exceptional instruction that
Project Linus to donate to needy and sick
is taking place. I can’t imagine any school
children locally and nationally; to partici-
system in this country having more
pating in Operation Christmas Child that
dedicated employees or more supportive
provided gift boxes for needy children in
communities than we have here in Union
foreign countries; and countless others.
For all of these efforts and for all of
Just recently I had the opportunity to
those I did not name, I want to
attend the Very Special Arts Festival that
personally express my admiration and
has been a signature event for Piedmont UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis thanks.
High School for the past 14 years. It was
Academically, our schools rank
so heartwarming to see the Piedmont
about 250 students and volunteers in 1994, among the top in the state. In character
High School National Art Honor Society
has now grown to involve more than 1,700 education, our students will rival the best
students hold the hands of and assist in
and has outgrown the capacity of the Art in the nation.
making creative art with so many of our
Honor Society’s ability to produce the In closing, I would say that this has
students with disabilities. If their spirit of
event. been a great school year in many ways.
giving and caring could be bottled and
The event drew to a close after its We are so fortunate to have such com-
dispensed, I truly believe it could cure all
highly successful 14-year run, with the mitted students, dedicated teachers and
the ills of the world.
motto being “Don’t cry because it’s over… staff, and caring and involved parents.
Unfortunately, this was the last year
smile because it happened.” So with a I wish you and your families a safe,
of this event because what began as a
smile, I sincerely thank the Piedmont High restful and enjoyable summer and look
Very Special Arts Festival that involved
School National Art Honor Society and forward to seeing you next year!
In the spotlight (Retired, CO-Human Resources (PT) is the Bus drivers recognized
EOP choses 2008 winners local association’s permanent treasurer. D.D. Gamble, a driver in the Marvin
Annette Kilby, bookkeeper for Career Distict, has been chosen as the 2008
& Technical Education, was selected as Child Nutrition recognizes staff Bus Driver of the Year. Dale Paige, who
the 2008 Educational Office Professional The “Team of the Year” award was works on the bus fleet in the Piedmont
of the Year, while Dr. David Clarke, presented to Shiloh Cafeteria Staff at the District, has earned the title of Mechanic
Assistant Superintendent of Human School Nutrition Association’s annual of the Year. Both were honored during
Resources, is the 2008 EOP Administra- banquet on April 17, 2008, at the Union the May 16, 2008, Bus Drivers’ Banquet
tor of the Year. Both were chosen during County Agricultural Center. held at Scoggins Farm.
the May 12, 2008, EOP Administrator’s The Shiloh staff members are Mary Bus drivers Bill Farson (Marvin
Banquet held at Wingate University. Brooks, Anita Burgess, Brenda Helms, Ridge District), Mary Jane Eudy (Forest
New officers for 2008-2010 were Janice McCoy, Patricia Nava, Bea Press- Hills District) and Wesley Williams (For-
installed during the banquet. The officers ley, Beth Price, Diane Privett, and Kim est Hills District) competed in the State
are: Fran Caldwell (CO-Human Resourc- Winchester, Cafeteria Manager. Roadeo in Raleigh, with Farson taking
es) - President; Curley Rogers (Monroe The “Manager of the Year” award was fouth place. This competition pits the
High) – Vice President; Debbie Grant presented to Debbie Arant, cafeteria man- skill of UCPS bus drivers against the best
(CO-Payroll) – Secretary. Cookie Jacumin ager, at Rock Rest Elementary School. in the state.
Best wishes to UCPS retirees!
As of May 5, 2008, the following list of UCPS personnel declared their retirement, effective between July 1, 2007
and June 30, 2008. They will be honored at a luncheon on June 11, 2008, at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Charlotte Adkins, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 10 years Gay Loesch, Sun Valley Middle, Media Specialist, 16 years
Martha Allen, Central Academy, Teacher, 12 years Delores Lowry, Indian Trail Elem., Teacher, 31 years
Eileen Baucom, Wolfe School, Teacher, 14 years Judith Martin, Benton Heights, Teacher Asst., 20 years
Karen Baucom, Wingate Elem., Teacher, 32 years Alice Massey, Wolfe School, Teacher, 30 years
Joanne Biggers, Wingate Elem., Teacher, 13 years Bob Massey, Porter Ridge High, Custodian, 13 years
Charles Brace, Monroe Middle, Custodian, 22 years Herman Matthews, Jr., Sun Valley High, Teacher, 36 years
Lucille Carelock, Wolfe School, Teacher Asst., 5 years Janette McGriff, Marvin Elem., Custodian, 10 years
Cynthia Carey, Transportation Dept., Bus Monitor, 6 years Kenneth McManus, Maintenance, Electrician, 20 years
Cathy Clements, Porter Ridge Elem., Child Nutrition Asst., 5 years Shelia Medlin, Parkwood Middle, Teacher, 30 years
Lila Clontz, Sardis Elem., Teacher Asst., 24 years Nicola Moran, Sun Valley High, Teacher, 15 years
Kathy Daso, Union Elem., Teacher, 17 years Curtis Moree, Union Elem., Custodian, 5 years
Helen Davis, Parkwood Middle, Child Nutrition Asst., 7 years Debbie Morton, Central Academy, Media Asst, 21 years
Kathy Davis, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 31 years Yvonne Newell, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 23 years
Linda Deese, Central Office, Nurse Supervisor, 5 years Dana Packman, Wingate Elem., Teacher, 8 years
Joseph Delaney, Weddington High, Principal, 8 years Kathryn Phifer, East Union Middle, Teacher Asst., 30 years
Gail Eisenhauer, Sun Valley High, Child Nutrition Asst., 7 years Dr. Linda Presley, Central Academy, Principal, 32 years
Debra Estep, South Providence, Teacher, 32 years Judy Price, Porter Ridge Elem., Teacher Asst., 12 years
Vicki Fink, Benton Heights Elem., Teacher, 29 years Patsy Price, Unionville Elem., Teacher Asst., 30 years
Archie Fritz, Sun Valley High, Teacher, 30 years Ada Puckett, East Union Middle, Teacher Asst., 5 years
James Funderburk, Parkwood High, Custodian, 5 years Betty Quinn, Transportation Dept, Bus Driver, 14 years
Rhonda Gaddy, Marshville Elem., Teacher Asst., 20 years Deborah Redmond, Wesley Chapel Elem., Teacher, 29 years
William Gainer, Career & Technical Education Curriculum Lue Ella Richardson, Walter Bickett Elem., Teacher, 32 years
Coordinator, 20 years Anitra Rorie, Sardis Elem., Asst. Principal, 21 years
Arden Galarde, Jr., Parkwood Middle, Teacher, 29 years Doris Russell, Transportation Dept., Bus Driver, 35 years
Dr. Carrie Gibson, Asst. Superintendent of HR, 5 years Paul Rybos, Hemby Bridge Elem., Teacher, 21 years
Doby Gordon III, Parkwood High, Teacher, 7 years Elizabeth Sanderfer, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 14 years
Ken Handy, Central Office, Courier, 25 years Donna Sell, Piedmont High, Teacher, 32 years
Jeannie Hargette, Union Elem., Teacher, 29 years Linda Sell, Waxhaw Elem., Teacher, 24 years
Pamela Harrington, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 21 years Thomas Simpson, Monroe High, Teacher, 31 years
Cynthia Helms, Wingate Elem., Teacher Asst., 27 years Gloria Smith, East Union Middle, Teacher, 19 years
John Helms, Transportation Dept., Bus Driver, 6 years Hester Spencer, East Union Middle, Teacher, 30 years
Terry Helms, Shiloh Elem., Teacher Asst., 18 years Brenda Stone, Sun Valley Middle, Teacher, 21 years
Janet Houser, Weddington Elem., Teacher, 30 years William Sullivan, Central Academy, Guid. Counselor, 31 years
Cheryl Hovis, Rea View Elem., Teacher, 14 years Anna Surface, Sun Valley High, Guid. Counselor, 30 years
Alice Huntley, Piedmont High, Teacher, 20 years Janet Swindler, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 17 years
Margaret Huntley, Unionville Elem., Teacher Asst., 29 years James Taylor, Transportation Dept., Bus Driver, 7 years
Cindy James, Wingate Elem., Teacher, 19 years Lynn Thompson, Transportation Dept., Bus Driver, 5 years
Evelyn Jeffries, Unionville Elem., Teacher, 29 years Paula Walters, Prospect Elem., Teacher Asst., 29 years
Kathy Karp, Unionville Elem., Teacher, 23 years Mary Wasylak, Porter Ridge Middle, Teacher, 16 years
Judy Keziah, Wesley Chapel Elem., Teacher Asst., 14 years Alona Weddine, Benton Heights, Bookkeeper, 8 years
Karen Kiker, Marshville Elem., Teacher, 32 years Linda Williams, East Elem., Teacher, 31 years
Edward Knight, Wolfe School, Bus Monitor, 11 years Rose Wood, Weddington High, Child Nutrition Asst., 6 years
Cheryl Kristufek, Monroe Middle, Teacher, 19 years Nancy Wren, Weddington Middle, Teacher, 37 years
Brenda Leake, Central Office, Admin. Asst., 18 years Immie Ziemer, Weddington High, Teacher, 13 years
Mary Little, Marshville Elem., Teacher Asst., 30 years
Congratulations 2008 National Board Certified UCPS Teachers
Holli Brown Matthew Collier Lisa Rushing Todd Humphrey Sarah Yalich Diane Hubbert Melanie Gross
Fairview Elementary Forest Hills High Hemby Bridge Hemby Bridge Indian Trail Elementary Indian Trail Elementary Indian Trail Elementary
Eric Streeter Juan Roldan Laurie Abler Steven Loxton Yolanda Glenn Cheryl Brightsen Sharon Pena DeLaPaz
Marvin Ridge High School Marvin Ridge High School Marvin Ridge Middle Monroe High School Monroe High School Parkwood High School Piedmont High
Amy Morris Jill Gamble Patricia Shepherd Janice Chandler Kristin Rinebold Kimberly Parker Lori Robinette
Porter Ridge Elementary Porter Ridge Elementary Porter Ridge High Sandy Ridge Elementary Sandy Ridge Elementary Sardis Elementary Shiloh Elementary
National Board Teachers
There are currently about
300 NBCTs in the Union
County Public Schools.
Karen Pharr Karen Williams Donna Brown Adriana Hart Laura LaLone
Sun Valley Middle Unionville Elementary Walter Bickett Ed. Center Walter Bickett Elementary Weddington High
Phil Williams Rebecca Manning Susan Payne Heather Layton Rebecca Shoniker Jose Sequera
Weddington High Weddington High Weddington Middle4 Weddington Middle Wesley Chapel Wingate Elementary
Local LPAP graduates listed Benton Heights Elementary School, Fellow.
Pascale Glenn, assistant prin- graduated May 1, 2008, from the Her application was selected from
cipal of Sun Valley Middle School, Leadership Program for New Princi- the national competition and she is
and Kristen Sebek, Assistant Principal pals (LPNP), offered by the Principals among 49 educators across the US
at New Town Elementary, graduated Executive Program (PEP) of the UNC who will study Lincoln’s life and
April 18, 2008, from the Leadership Center for School Leadership Devel- legacy in Springfield, IL.
Program for Aspiring Principals opment.
(LPAP), a 12-day course of study One of 44 principals selected School awarded $1,125 grant
offered by the Principals Executive statewide to participate in this 12-day Sharo Cervantes and Derek
Program (PEP). Major areas of study program, Harvey completed 72 hours Davis, both teachers at East Union
included leadership, school law, of classroom instruction over a Middle, were recently awarded a
teacher improvement and retention, four-month period. $1,125 grant for classroom technol-
resource management, and commu- ogy and a positive behavior incen-
nication. Brooks named 2008 fellow tive program from Sam’s Club. The
Nora M. Brooks, a teacher at Sun money will be used for a DS Lite, a
Harvey graduates from LPNP Valley High School, has been named a dual screen handheld game console,
Michael Harvey, principal of 2008 Horace Mann-Abraham Lincoln and supplies on behavior focus class.
Heartfelt sympathies are extended to Linda Covington, a teacher assistant John Morgan, an art teacher at
the friends and families of the following: at Western Union Elementary, in the death Prospect Elementary, on the death of his
Charlotte Workman, cafeteria worker of her twin sister, Shirley Funderburke, on grandmother, Helen Morgan, on March
at Western Union Elementary, in the Saturday, March 8, 2008. 6th, 2008.
death of her sister-in-law, Rita Rowell Maria Moore, a teacher at Wedding- Anne Sutton, a teacher at Prospect
on March 3, 2008. Condolences also to ton High School, and her husband, Stacy Elementary, on the death of her father, JB
the faculty and staff at Western Union Moore, a UCPS Curriculum Coordinator, Stegall, on January 26th, 2008.
Elementary, where Ms. Rowell was a in the death of her grandmother, Laverne Jacqui McLaughlin, a teacher at
teacher. Smith, on January 13, 2008. Prospect Elementary, on the death of her
Cathy Pressley, after school group Bertha Chambers, a receptionist at father, Robert L. Crudele, on March 25th,
leader at New Salem Elementary, in the Monroe Middle, in the death of her moth- 2008.
death of her mother, Susan Huneycutt, on er, Cassie Mae Allen, on March 14, 2008. DeeAnn Romero, a teacher assistant
February 24, 2008. Kathy Phifer, a teacher assistant at East at Prospect Elementary, on the death of
Ashley Wood, a teacher at Wed- Union Middle School, on the death of her her mother, Charlene Marshall, on Febru-
dington High School, in the death of her son, Lynn Braswell, on December 8, 2007. ary 3, 2008.
grandfather, Albert Molnar, Sr., on March Libby Kiser, a teacher assistant at West- East Union Middle School staff in
8, 2008. Condolences also to Patricia ern Union Elementary, on the death of her the death of its Communications Skills
Molnar, a teacher at Piedmont High, in mother, Cooper Starnes, on April 3, 2008. Teacher Judi Bishop on April 30, 2008.
the loss of her father-in-law. Bill Cook, principal at Marvin Ridge Judy Helms, secretary at Piedmont
Condolences to the faculty and staff at High School, and Donna Cook, principal at Middle School, in the death of her bother
Hemby Bridge Elementary School in the Rea View Elementary, in the death of his fa- Rommie Honeycutt on April 29, 2008.
death of its first-grade teacher Jennifer ther, William Earl Cook Sr., on April 5, 2008. Christy Hough, after school program
Elder on March 1, 2008. Brenda F. Pressley, cafeteria manager coordinator at Wingate Elementary, in the
Jannie Bankston, principal at Prospect at Parkwood High School, on the death death of her mother-in-law, Mary Alice
Elementary, in the death of her father, of her mother-in-law Edith Pressley on
Hough, on February 25, 2008.
Thomas W. Shepherd, on March 9, 2008. Friday April 11, 2008. Condolences also to
Tommy Laney, a painter with the Main-
Josh Wall, a Social Studies teacher at Lisa Newell, lead custodian at Sun Valley
tenance Department, in the death of his
Sun Valley High School, in the death of Middle and Susie Harper, cafeteria man-
daughter, Debra Marie Laney, on March 4,
his grandfather, James Pearson Wall, Jr. ager at Monroe High School in the loss of
on February 19, 2008. their grandmother.
Paris Collins, a retired Central Office
Donna Podgorny, a UCPS K-12 Sec- Janet Jonas, an assistant principal at
employee, on the death of her father,
ond Language Curriculum Coordinator, Prospect Elementary, on the death of her
Dwight Simpson, on April 5, 2008.
in the death of her father, Alex Podgorny, brother, Jerry Pells, on August 17, 2007.
who died February 21, 2008.
Congratulations to Shelley Gordon, a Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Cross, Congratulations to Keith Benton, a
teacher at Sardis, and her husband, Don, in the Driver Education Coordinator and his groundskeeper at the Maintenance Depart-
birth of their son, Brady Howell Gordon, on wife, UCPS retired teacher, Sharon Cross, ment, on his marriage to Scarlet Nicole on
December 1, 2007. on the birth of their granddaughter, Gracie April 26, 2008.
Congratulations to Jennifer Hopkins, Lee Gaddy, born at 11:23 p.m. on April 13, Congratulations to Sherry Hatfield,
a teacher at East Union Middle, and her 2008, to their daughter and son-in-law, a UCPS computer technician, on her mar-
husband, Matthew Hopkins, in the birth Heather and Reggy Gaddy. riage to Cledeus Redfearn on February 23,
of their daughter, Alyssa Ann Hopkins, on Congratulations to Marie Lohr, a pre- 2008.
September 25, 2007. school assistant at Sardis Elementary, and Congratulations to Clint Tucker, son of
Congratulations to Rachel Blackledge her husband, Joe, in the birth of their son, Jo Tucker, SIMS operator and bookkeeper
and her husband Bill Blackledge, both Joseph Addison, on April 7, 2008. Joseph’s at New Salem Elementary, on his marriage
teachers at East Union Middle, on the birth grandmother is Leslie Lohr, cafeteria man- to Jillian Helms, Teacher Assistant at New
of their son, Austin James Blackledge, on ager at Sardis. Salem Elementary on March 15, 2008.
March 18, 2008. Congratulations to Kim Tyson, a Congratulations to Ashley Nies, a
Congratulations to Tracey Kelly, a teach- teacher at Prospect Elementary, and her teacher at East Union Middle School, on
er at East Union Middle, and her husband, husband, Mark, on the birth of their son, her marriage to Charlie Ponscheck, on
John Kelly, in the birth of their son, James Eli Brody Tyson, on February 4, 2008. August 4, 2007.
Patrick Kelly, on November 26, 2007. Congratulations to Scott Grier, a
Congratulations to Tammy Deese, a carpenter at the Maintenance Department,
teacher assistant at East Union Middle
Radke, Rockwell recognized
and his wife Laura, on the birth of their
School, on the birth of her granddaughter, son, Evan James, on March 20th, 2008. Piedmont Middle Principal Anne
Brea Grace Deese, on February 27, 2008. Congratulations to Rose Blakeney, Radke and UCPS Director of Beginning
Congratulations to Whitney Ballard, a Secondary Math Curriculum Coordina- Teacher Induction and Support Services
teacher at Western Union Elementary, and tor, and her husband, Lionel, on the birth Terri Cooper have been sworn in as
husband, Brian, on the birth of their daugh- of their grandson, Joshua Isaiah McBride, co-presidents of Delta Kappa Gamma,
ter, Julia Gail, on January 25, 2008. born on May 8, 2008, to their daughter, (Alpha Zeta Chapter), an International
Congratulations to Miranda Thomas, a Teri L. Blakeney. Society of Women Educators for the
teacher at Western Union Elementary, and 2008-2010 Biennium.
husband, Derek, on the birth of their daugh- Radke participated in the 74th an-
ter, Lainey Christine on February 24, 2008.
Marriages nual convention of the North Carolina
Congratulations to Diana Williams, Congratulations to Rocky Richar, a members of The Delta Kappa Gamma
a guidance secretary at Forest Hills High teacher and coach at Sun Valley High Society International held April 25-
School, and her husband, Jameathan, on the School, on his marriage to Emerald Helms 27, 2008, in Hickory. The convention
birth of their daughter, Laina Jaye, on April on March 8, 2008. included business sessions, workshops,
2, 2008. Laina’s grandmothers are Peggy Congratulations to John MacTaggart, and keynote speaker Dr. Barbara Day,
Gordon, a bookkeeper at Piedmont High son of Chris MacTaggart, a teacher at the Delta Kappa Gamma International
School, and Angie Boyd, a teacher assistant Hemby Bridge Elementary, on his marriage President from North Carolina.
at Union Elementary. Her great grandpar- to Rae Chambers on November 17, 2007. Jill Rockwell, Counselor at Pied-
ents include Martha Rorie, a Child Nutri- Congratulations to Joyce Forbes, a mont Middle, was inducted into Delta
tion employee at Rock Rest Elementary, teacher at Sun Valley Middle, in the mar- Kappa Gamma International Society of
retired UCPS principal Charles Williams riage of her daughter, Jessica Forbes, to Women Educators April 19, 2008.
and retired UCPS secretary, Margaret Wil- Matthew Sigmon on July 7, 2007.
Congratulations to Ashley Wood, a
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Wood on February 23, 2008.
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Congratulations to Randy Eich, a
son, Myers Tate Wood, on April 6, 2008. omitted due to lack of space.
teacher at East Union Middle School, on his
His grandmother, Patty Molnar, teaches at marriage to Casey
Piedmont High. Yvonne Adkins Eich, Inside News is published by the Communications Office of
Congratulations to Carolyn Lawill, data on July 14, 2007. Union County Public Schools for all school employees. News
manager at Porter Ridge High, and her Congratulations items should be submitted to the Communications Office.
husband, Chuck, in the birth of their son, to Jalonda Horne, an
Austin Reed on December 22, 2007. assistant principal at Dr. Ed Davis, Superintendent
Congratulations to Jennifer Caldwell, a East Elementary, in Dean Arp, Chairman, Board of Education
teacher at Sardis, and her husband, Eric, in her marriage to Jerco-
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