OCCHS principal recognized as Outstanding Alumna of DSCC

OCCHS principal recognized as Outstanding Alumna of DSCC
OCCHS principal recognized as Outstanding Alumna of DSCC | OCCHS principal recognized as Outstanding Alumna of DSCC

Linda Crigger
Each is a veteran teacher.
Each has been named Teacher of the Year and each graduated from Dyersburg State Community College.
Now, each has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumna of DSCC.
Obion County Central High School principal Linda Crigger of Rives and Dyer County teacher Amy Gregory Stewart of Newbern were each honored with the award Friday in front of more than 200 faculty and staff members gathered for the college’s Spring Conference.
The presentations were made by DSCC Alumni Association vice president Sharon Davidson in the commons area of the Student Center on the Dyersburg campus.
Ms. Crigger graduated from Dyersburg State with an associate of science degree in education in 1972, making her one of the first to attend and graduate from DSCC. She went on from DSCC to earn her bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.
She has been employed with the Obion County School System for 38 years, with 30 of those years spent in the classroom. She started her career in her hometown of Rives, teaching kindergartners in the morning and Tennessee history to seventh-graders in the afternoon. In the following years, she taught second-, fifth- and ninth-graders.
For the past eight years, Ms. Crigger has worked in administration and has served as OCCHS’ principal for the past five years. She is the high school’s first female principal.
She has been named OCCHS Teacher of the Year and was nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma teacher’s sorority, the National Education Association, the Obion County Education Association and the Order of the Eastern Star.
While at DSCC, Ms. Crigger took part in the play “Inherit the Wind.” She recalls great spades card games that took place in the Student Center. She said, “Players and onlookers knew the designated times that were going to be the most interesting. We didn’t have electronic devices, just a deck of cards that were very entertaining and important in building lasting relationships.”
Ms. Crigger wrote, “I can truly say without hesitation that my two years at DSCC were the most important years of my higher education for the simple reason of caring. DSCC taught me great values that I carry with me to this day.”
The other DSCC honoree, Ms. Stewart, earned an associate of science degree from Dyersburg State and graduated in 1992. Like Ms. Crigger, she continued her education at the University of Tennessee at Martin and completed her bachelor of science degree in elementary education, K-8, with a highly qualified status.
Ms. Stewart began her career in education at Fifth Consolidated School. Shortly afterward, she accepted a position as first-grade teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Finley Elementary School. She has taught several grade levels, including kindergarten and third grade.
She currently teaches fourth grade at Finley and has been named Teacher of the Year.
At Dyersburg State, Ms. Stewart was a member of the Lady Eagles basketball team and was elected homecoming queen. She also served as an ambassador.
Ms. Stewart said, “DSCC was the perfect choice for me for many reasons. It fulfilled my desire of wanting the college basics and staying close to home. It was small enough that the teachers knew your name, yet large enough to get the education that I needed. The instructors and professors were very knowledgeable in their subject areas and very understanding of what I needed as a new college student — not only academically, but also personally. I will always love the DSCC faculty and staff.”
DSCC recognizes Outstanding Alumni four times each year. Nominations for the award are submitted by Dyersburg State faculty, staff and alumni. Selections are made based on contributions to and achievements in their chosen profession and their community. Published in The Messenger 1.10.12

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