Henry County Schools, GA – At the Harvest of Heroes ceremony, the Media Specialist of the Year and the HERO Award winners announced. There are four categories for the HERO Award – Service, School Nutrition, Transportation, and Support Personnel.
This year’s Service Employee HERO Award winner is custodian Elizabeth ‘’Liz” Webster from Hickory Flat Elementary. Ms. ‘’Liz” has worked at Hickory Flat Elementary for 11 of the 23 years she has been employed by Henry County Schools. According to Principal Paula Crumbley, Webster is willing to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to help.
“She selflessly gives her all every day,” stated Crumbley. “Besides leading a team to keep a clean building, she has helped parents and students who needed assistance beyond the school.”
Eligible Service Employee nominees include, warehouse workers, custodians, maintenance workers, and technology support specialists.
In the School Nutrition Manager category, Susan Whitehorn from Ola High School is the HERO Award winner. She began her employment with Henry County Schools at Dutchtown Middle School nine years ago.
Ross Iddings, her principal at both locations, shares that Whitehorn makes everyone feel welcome in her cafeteria.
“She understands that the school’s cafeteria is not just hers, but her staff’s and the individuals she provides for,” said Iddings. “She prides herself on providing good service and accommodating students with special needs and our special events.”
This year’s Transportation HERO Award goes to Lisa Cox, bus driver for Eagle’s Landing Middle School. She has been a bus driver for 13 years, starting back in 1998.
When it comes to her bus and her children, she treats each one as if they are her very own.
“Lisa deserves this award for her hard work, dedication, and love for her students,” said Director of Transportation Cliff Shearouse.
Even from the driver’s seat, she encourages her students each day to be the best they can in everything they do.
Tiffany Price a fourth year paraprofessional from Woodland High School is the Support Personnel, HERO Award winner. Support Personnel eligible for the Hero award include administrative assistants, bookkeepers, clerks, and nurses.
According to Woodland High School Principal Bret Cook, “Tiffany provides an amazing level of love and support for special needs students and provides them with experiences outside of school that will be lifetime memories for them.”
Price dedicates her time beyond school to make sure her students have every opportunity they can to experience the joys of being a high school student.
Cook concluded, “She works tirelessly to provide her students opportunities to participate in events such as the Junior/Senior Prom, Woodland Warriors football and cheerleading, and various field experiences in the community.”
Henry County Schools Media Specialist of the Year is Jennifer McCrary from Cotton Indian Elementary. “Jennifer gives her job 110% of herself all the time,” said her principal, Natalie Gore.
McCrary is involved in county-wide activities, mentoring the school’s Reading Bowl team and is one of the co-chairs for the school system’s Reading Bowl competition.
Of her dedication to Cotton Indian Elementary Mrs. Gore said, “She is one of those teachers who is the backbone of the school, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make the school a better place.”
McCrary has been with the school system for 12 years, the last seven at Cotton Indian Elementary.
Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Superintendent of Schools spoke briefly, and the Dutchtown High School Select Women’s Chorus provided entertainment.
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