Flowers named Henry Teacher of the Year
By Monroe Roark
The leaders of Henry County’s public schools honored top employees last week at the annual Harvest of Heroes, with Dana Flowers named Teacher of the Year.
Flowers is an EIP math teacher at Timber Ridge Elementary School and was one of three semifinalists along with David Crumbley of Ola Middle School and Chansi Coleman of Eagle’s Landing High School.
Dana Flowers (center, with flowers) a teacher at Timber Ridge Elementary School has been named Henry County Schools Teacher of the Year. She is joined onstage by fellow educators from Timber Ridge Elementary. Special photo
As the countywide winner, Flowers received more than $8,000 in cash and prizes, including funds for professional development conferences, and she will represent Henry County at the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. She is an eight-year veteran as a teacher in the district, which is actually her second career as she had a stint in healthcare management.
The other two finalists received just over $3,000 in cash and prizes. Semifinalists Laura Bone (Rock Spring Elementary), Dr. Lynett Falkner (Locust Grove Middle), and Linda Bates (Ola High School) tallied just over $1,500.
Nearly all of these awards came from outside the school district through a host of local sponsors. All 53 Teacher of the Year winners from various schools as well as HERO Award winners were recognized with plaques, flowers and other items. The night’s biggest single prize was a one-time stipend from the school system to the Teacher of the Year for $5,000.
This year’s HERO Award winners, given to top classified staff members in various departments, were notified the week before the Harvest of Heroes event. They included:
Jeffrey St. Aime, Technology (Service Employee)
Margie Gibson, Bus Driver (Transportation Employee)
Machelle Latham, Bus Driver (Transportation Employee)
Laurie Gable, Eagle’s Landing High School (Support Personnel)
Renee Wolfinger, Timber Ridge Elementary (Media Specialist)
Jeff Rader, Luella Schools Clus-ter (Student Services Personnel)
“Ensuring success for each student extends to all employees in our system, not just teachers,” said district superintendent Rodney Bowler. “We are proud of these individuals who have been nominated by their peers as exemplary employees in carrying out the mission of Henry County Schools. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and those of our top teachers in front of a packed performing arts center.”
For more information on the school system, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.