School Board Honors the Late Educator John Isabell; Willoughby Names Personnel

August 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
John Isabell

The DeKalb County Teacher of the Year Award has been named in honor of the late John Isabell.

The Board of Education Thursday night voted to name the award for Isabell at the suggestion of Second District member Charles Robinson.

Isabell, a long time educator and former President of the DeKalb County Education Association, passed away a few weeks ago after suffering from cancer. "Last month Mr. John Isabell lost his battle with cancer. He was a teacher at DeKalb County High School. He also taught at the Middle School. He loved teaching. He loved his students. He served many years as the President of the DeKalb County Education Association. He attended our meetings and our workshops as the President of this organization and he provided to the board opinions and ideas on how to move forward. He also gave an educator's viewpoint. I would like to make a motion that we name the Teacher of the Year Award for DeKalb County, the John Isabell Award," said Robinson.

The motion was unanimously approved by the board.

The DeKalb County Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually in May to one of the five teachers of the year from each school in the county.

Meanwhile, in his monthly report on personnel, Director of Schools Mark Willoughby said the following persons have been employed since the July School Board meeting:

Jessica Antoniak, teacher at DeKalb West School
Cassandra Binkley, teacher at DeKalb Middle School
Chelsa Burch, teacher at DCHS
Shanae Cantrell, teacher at Northside Elementary School
Cindy Childers, substitute nurse
Katherine Collins, educational assistant at Smithville Elementary School
Andrew Cook, teacher at DCHS
Shara Cowan, bus driver
Tiffany Cowart, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Karla Crabtree, teacher at DCHS
Mike Eaton, maintenance
Melba Farmer, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Kenneth Gordon, educational assistant at Smithville Elementary School
Chelsea Grissom, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Kristen Hankal, teacher at Northside Elementary School
Cecila Jenkins, teacher at DeKalb Middle School
Nathalie Kintz, psychologist, County-wide
Rebecca Miller, teacher at DCHS
Marti Maxwell, teacher at DCHS
Eden Nokes, educational assistant at Smithville Elementary School
Macy Nokes, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Gayla Parker, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Kelly Pyburn, teacher at DeKalb West School
Jennifer Roller, educational assistant at Smithville Elementary School
Corine Seifert, bus driver
Jennifer Shores, psychologist, County-wide
Tara Smith, speech/language pathologist, County-wide
Peggy Sutton, substitute cook
Jessica Styer, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Ellen Warden, librarian at DeKalb Middle School
Evann Wilson, speech/language teacher, County-wide

Substitutes: Joyce Alexander, Guylene Atnip, Avery Brown, Carolyn Caldwell, Laura Carter, Dana Clark, Jennifer Chapman, Brenda Colwell, Julie Cook, Kristin Cook, Shelly Cross, Donna Davis, Linda Dean, Sue Driver, Suzanne Dunn, Wayne Fuson, Sherrie Giles, Bobbie Hale, Vicki Haggard, Bobbie Hale, Charlene Hallum, Jimmy Hendrixson, Betty Hickey, Ester Holder, Linda Luna, Gail Kirksey, Sharon Moffett, Stephen Moore, Olivia Norton, Angela Osment, Paul Parker, Pat Parkerson, Angelia Pedigo, Jessica Rackley, Judy Redmon, Joyce Robertson, Virginia Rose, Bob Smith, Michelle Snipes, Kim Taylor, Jan Thomas, Luanna Tollett, Jenny Trapp, Vickey Vickers, Wanda Vickers, Melissa Wallace, and Kim Young.

Transferred:
Lorie Isabell, transferred from Smithville Elementary to Northside Elementary
Holly Espinosa, DeKalb Middle School Special Education
Bethany Davis, transferred to Gifted DCHS and DeKalb Middle School, 142 Federal Funding to 141 General Purpose funding
Debra Cunningham, transferred from Smithville Elementary to DCHS, 142 Federal Funding to 141 General Purpose funding
Lisa Craig, transferred from DeKalb Middle School Library to DCHS Library
Karen Pelham, transferred from DeKalb Middle School to DeKalb West School
Lesa Hayes, transferred from DeKalb West School to DeKalb Middle School
Amee Cantrell, transferred from DCHS to DeKalb Middle School CDC
Debra Poteete, transferred from DeKalb West to Northside Elementary
Chanson Boman, from part-time to full time computer tech
Julie Fitts, from substitute bus driver to full time
Sydney Gremmels, from substitute teacher to full time CDC at Smithville Elementary
Danny Washer, from substitute bus driver to full time
Maggie Coyle, part time SLP, 142 Federal Funding to 141 General Purpose Funding
Jennifer Hearndon, funding source from 142 Federal funds to 141 General Purpose funds

Resignations/Retirement
Ronda Northcutt, educational assistant at Smithville Elementary School

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