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UC school administrators honor year’s top teachers

UC school administrators honor year’s top teachers
UC school administrators honor year’s top teachers | UC school administrators honor year’s top teachers

Union City’s Director of Schools Gary Houston presented certificates Monday night to Union City’s three Teachers of the Year. Receiving their certificates were (from left) Lisa Williams, Debbie Cunningham and Tammy Harris.
Staff Reporter
Three of the Union City School System’s 125 teachers were singled out for special recognition Monday night. Tammy Harris, Lisa Williams and Debbie Cunningham were honored as the school system’s 2012 Teachers of the Year.
The trio was presented certificates by Union City’s Director of Schools Gary Houston. They also each received a special gift from school board chairman Glenda Caudle.
Mrs. Harris teaches physical education at Union City Elementary School, Mrs. Williams teaches physical education and health at Union City Middle School and Mrs. Cunningham teaches advanced math classes at Union City High School.
The three local teachers will now advance to the district level. They will also be featured on a billboard that will soon be up along Reelfoot Avenue, according to Houston.
Monday night’s nine-minute Union City School Board meeting was dominated by personnel reports, including the hiring of Robert Wade Maddox, who is now teaching social studies at UCHS and is working as an assistant football coach.
The director of schools also announced the retirement of longtime teacher Ricky Boyd. Houston said Boyd most recently supervised the city’s alternative school program and is retiring after more than 30 years as a teacher, 25 of which he spent with the Union City School System.
Houston also informed the school board that a leave of absence has been approved for Coordinated School Health director Kristen Miles and a sick leave has been approved for UCHS teacher Judy Wilson.
Professional teaching licenses were approved by the board for Luann Barkley, Courtney Bondurant and Clarissa Youngblood.
Houston also took time during the meeting to praise all those involved in the “historic” success of the UCHS girls basketball program. Houston praised the players, coaches, cheerleaders, fans and even the community for its support of the program during its recent run in the state tournament.
In other action, the board:
• Was informed of the annual UCMS band concert set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Auditorium.
• Was informed of a second grade music program scheduled for this evening.
• Was informed the week of April 2-6 is spring break for the city school system.
Prior to the start of Monday night’s meeting, Mrs. Caudle led in prayer. Student representative to the board, Morgan Stone, led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting.
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Published in The Messenger 3.13.12