Yancey BOE Recognizes Volunteer, Support Person and Teacher of the Year
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 03, 2014, the Yancey County Board of Education dedicated much of its time of the last meeting of the school year recognizing several individuals and groups for recent achievements and accomplishments.
Volunteer of the Year 2014 – Dr. Tipton presented Mr. Ron Chandler a plaque in appreciation for his volunteer service to Yancey County Schools over the years. “Mr. Chandler has been instrumental on so many of our school sites. Mr. Chandler and his crew has done an enormous amount of work on the playground at Bald Creek Elementary School, cleared trees and shrubs in the amphitheater at Mountain Heritage High School, and has helped Burnsville Elementary with several projects on their school campus this year, just to name a few,” stated Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton. Dr. Barbara Tipton, Principal of Burnsville Elementary School who nominated Mr. Chandler added, “Mr. Chandler has no family members at our school, but some of his workers do and I certainly appreciate all the time and money he has put into helping Burnsville Elementary this past school year.”
Support Person of the Year 2014 – Also recognized was East Yancey Middle School Custodian Mike Miller as Support Person of the Year. In nominating Mr. Miller, EYMS Principal Angie Anglin stated, “Mike Miller is our real unsung hero at EYMS. He is willing to do anything he can to make our school the best in every area.” Dr. Tipton presented Mr. Miller with a plaque of appreciation from the Board stating that Mr. Miller is the first ever Support Person of the Year recognized by YCS. Dr. Tipton added that he wanted to give credit to MHHS Teacher Jim Rose for suggesting this be added to the line-up of recognitions for the school system.
Teacher of the Year – Also recognized from East Yancey Middle School was Dawn Proffitt, the Yancey County Schools 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. EYMS Principal Angie Anglin stated, “It’s amazing to see Ms. Proffitt in her classroom – she embodies what we want in all teachers in Yancey County. She runs her classroom and curriculum like a master teacher.” In accepting her plaque from Dr. Tipton, Ms. Proffitt stated, “I want to thank my co-workers at East Yancey for the love and support they have shown me over the years.” adding, “I’ve worked for YCS for 21 years, as a teacher the last 4 years. There are friends here tonight who saw something in me and encouraged me to go back to school and earn my teaching degree. I want to especially thank them for “pushing” me through.” Ms. Proffitt will complete her paperwork over the summer and compete for Regional TOY this fall.
NC High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year – Dr. Tipton presented Mountain Heritage High School Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach Joey Robinson with a certificate of achievement for being named the NCHSAA Coach of the Year.
In addition to the adults recognized at the meeting, several students were on hand to be recognized by the Board as well:
Cane River Ladies Softball Team – Toe River Conference Champions – Coach Brinton McKinney and Assistant Coach Skyler Hughes
East Yancey Baseball Team – Undefeated Toe River Conference and Tournament Champions – Coach Aaron Young and Assistant Coach Mike Miller
East Yancey Boys Track Team – Toe River Conference 2014 Conference Cup Winners – Coaches Pam Shaw & Leslie Hilliard
Mountain Heritage High School Athletic Recognitions:
Isaac Galton – Track – 3rd in Region / 5th in State in 800m run – Coach Jared Pope
Grant Buckner – Tennis – 4-time Conference Winner / 2nd in Region – Coach Brent Laws
Nyssa Freeman – Western Highlands Conference Female Athlete of the Year in Volleyball, Basketball & Softball
Student Health Center Director Shea Laws presented a plan to the Board to provide epi-pens at each school site beginning with the 2014-15 school year. These epi-pens will be available for anaphylaxis treatment of students who may have an allergic reaction during the school day. Ms. Laws provided detailed documentation that will be used to define a school board policy that will go through the readings process by the Board, be approved and in place by the start of school in August. Ms. Laws added that YCS staff will receive very specific training about when and how to use the epi-pens prior to the pens being placed in the schools.