Thursday, January 19, 2012
New superintendent, teachers share vision
By SUE WATSON
Superintendent of education Jerry Moore, a day after taking the oath of office, met with faculty and staff January 4 to share his vision and enthusiasm for the Marshall County School District.
He reviewed the general state of the schools but mixed his vision and data with humor. Staffers were surprised to see him wearing a suit, he said.
Teachers were excited about Moore’s outlook and the possibilities for the children.
• “I’m impressed with his plans for improving and upgrading schools,” Fannie Sims said. “He is also addressing all the needs the schools have. He said it is time to remove the band aids and gave us his formula – work=success. I’m just looking forward to the great changes in Marshall County School System and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Sims is a graduate of H.W. Byers Class of 1969. She retired from school teaching in Indiana and has worked as librarian at Byers for one year.
• “I have seen our schools in the last 11 years improve drastically,” said Linda Spaulding, H.W. Byers school counselor. “Kids want to play ball, be in the band and they want to do it all. It spurs them to excel academically. Better teachers and administrators turned this whole thing around.
“One thing I’m glad to hear him say is he’s a Christian man and he doesn’t want us talking ugly or down to the children. He wants a level of trust and accountability with academics. He mentioned testing and why it has to be so strict.”
• “I liked when he was talking about we all have to work together collectively for the children,” said Angel Oliver, assistant teacher of special education for four months at Byhalia High School.
Oliver graduated from Holly Springs High School.
“He gave a great presentation, very thorough, and he makes us excited about going into the new year,” she said. “It was very motivating.”
• “He said that the school is going to be moving forward under his leadership to unity,” said teacher Leann Edwards. “He said every child grows at his own pace and just because you don’t see it, does not mean they are not growing. They don’t all grow in the same box.”
Edwards has taught character education for two and a half years at Byhalia Elementary.
Moore recognized the Teacher of the Year for Marshall County Schools, Sharon Cordle, who works with fifth grade at Byhalia Middle School.
“I like the positive changes,” she said. “Everything is about the children.”
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