County schools honor this year’s retirees

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Among the Henry County Public Schools 2019 retirees honored recently were (front row, from left) Sheilla Coplin, Cheryl Flood, Shirley Flood, Betty Mize, Mary Gamble, Shirley Hairston, Hughes Scales, Linda Payne, Lynn Stone, Kathryn Watkins, (back row, from left) Sharon Lovern, Elizabeth Jones, Judith Yeatts, Richeana Wingfield, Melinda Overby, Gary Williams, Linda Cox, Richard Obenshain, Robin Arnold, Lori Stephens and Lisa Gray.

The Henry County Public Schools recently honored its 2019 retirees at a dinner.
Those recognized were:
Bassett High School:
• Elizabeth Jones, foreign language teacher; 35 years in Henry County, 38 years total.
• Sharon Lovern, science teacher; 30 years.
Campbell Court Elementary:
• Margaret Thomas, special population bus driver; 15 years.
Center for Community Learning:
• Judith Yeatts, CTE teacher; 23-plus years.
Central Office:
• Melinda Overby, secretary to the superintendent; 41 years.
Drewry Mason Elementary School:
• Robin Arnold, office assistant; 13 years.
Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School:
• Linda Gammons, school nutrition worker; two years.
• Marcia Mitchell, media paraprofessional; 21 years.
• Betty Mize, school nutrition worker; 10 years.
G.W. Carver Elementary School:
• Corrie Middleton, guidance counselor; nine years in Henry County, 42 years total.
• Mary “Lynn” Stone, elementary teacher; 30 years.
• Kathryn Watkins, elementary teacher; 25 years in Henry County, 30 total years.
Laurel Park Middle School:
• Sheilla Coplin, middle school teacher, 18 years in Henry County, 20 years total.
• Cheryl Flood, guidance counselor; 19 years.
• Mary Gamble, school nutrition worker; eight years.
• Shirley Hairston, special population paraprofessional, 18 years.
• Linda Payne, special education teacher; 33 years in Henry County, 40 years total.
• Hughes Scales, school bus driver; 19 years.
Magna Vista High School:
• Linda Cox, CTE teacher; 25-plus years.
• Richard Obenshain, guidance counselor; 35 years in Henry County, 38 years total.
Mount Olivet Elementary:
• Elizabeth Hill, elementary teacher; 21.5 years.
• Lori Stephens, special education teacher; 33 years.
Meadow View Elementary School (formerly Collinsville Primary and John Redd Smith):
• Margaret Dillon, school bus driver; 14 years.
• Shirley Flood, special population bus aide; 10 years.
• Nancy Rotenberry, school nutrition worker; 15 years.
Piedmont Governor’s School:
• Brian Pace, director; 24 years.
Rich Acres Elementary School:
• Richeana Wingfield, elementary teacher; 28 years.
• Donna Wyatt, special population bus driver; 31 years.
Sanville Elementary School:
• Lori Martin, pre-school at-risk teacher; 25 years.
School Bus Garage:
• Lisa Grey, school bus driver; 12 years.
• Gary Williams, bus mechanic; 23 years.
Stanley town Elementary School:
• Debra Compton, special population paraprofessional; 11 years.
Among those speaking at the event, held at Chatmoss Country Club on April 17, were School Superintendent Sandy Strayer; Thomas Auker, vice chairman of the Henry County School Board; and Christy Landon, director of human resources for the school division.
Special presentations were made by the school board members, assisted by Strayer; Lisa Millner, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning; and David Scott, assistant superintendent for operations and administrative services.