Thursday, June 3, 2010
Pye retiring from county schools
By BARRY BURLESON
Dixie Pye, who has served more than 40 years with the Marshall County School District, is retiring this month as principal of H.W. Byers Elementary.
Since her start in education in 1969 she has shown a great passion for children, helping them to be the best they can be and be productive citizens in life.
“I wanted to inspire students,” Pye said. “I wanted to help – that’s my passion. I love children.”
Teachers who have worked under her supervision can attest to the passion through statements such as “teach bell to bell,” “protect instructional time,” “teach to reach,” “go the extra distance for the students,” and “student achievement is our number one priority.”
Pye’s education preparation began in Fayette County, Tenn. She attended kindergarten through eighth grades at Thomas Chapel Elementary and ninth through 12th grades at Fayette County Training School (now Fayette Ware). Her college education came at Tennessee State University in Nashville, with graduate studies from the University of Mississippi (master’s in library science), Memphis State University and Trevecca University in Nashville (master’s in educational leadership).
Pye’s years of service in the Marshall County School District were in the following areas (all at H.W. Byers Elementary) – classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, district Character Education director, assistant principal and principal. She is also a notary public.
Pye is from a family of 12 children (two deceased), with three sets of twins and she is one of the sets.
“My parents really taught and lived religious values,” she said. “We were taught to know and apply the ‘Golden Rule.’ We had to go to Sunday school and church services every Sunday with as many as the car would accommodate. Those who did not go that Sunday would have the opportunity on the following Sunday. My mom served as a missionary, while my dad served as a Sunday school superintendent and as a church pastor for approximately 30-plus years (both deceased).”
Pye met her husband, Clinton, in high school. She said meeting him was one of the best things that happened to her. He is retired from Troxel Company in Moscow, Tenn. He also served as a supervisor there. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.
“We are currently teaching them the same values as we were taught,” she said. “So far, so good.”
Pye plans to stay busy with church work in retirement. She has been appointed district missionary for the Rossville District and chairman of the State Examination Board for Central Tennessee Jurisdiction.
“I will be doing more traveling, studying the Word of God much more, teaching in the Women’s Department, going along with my husband on crappie fishing trips and attending a few farm equipment auction sales,” she said.
“My family is well pleased with my decision to retire, especially the ones who have kids.
“I asked God for the position to serve as an administrator after working closely with my five administrators, and He granted it.”
Pye thanks Don Randolph, superintendent of the Marshall County School District, for “allowing me the opportunity to serve the teachers, parents, students and community.”
“I have enjoyed each day of serving.”
Her family will host a reception in her honor at the Collierville Banquet Hall in Collierville, Tenn., Highway 72, on Saturday, July 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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