The Shelby County School District will honor all of the individuals who were named 2016-2017 Education Support Professionals of the Year for their local schools or district departments on May 18 at the Central Office in Columbiana. A reception will be held at 4:00 p.m. with a recognition ceremony to follow at 4:30 p.m.
Honorees will include the overall winners from several job classification categories and one overall district-wide winner for Education Support Personnel of the Year. The winners were nominated and elected by their co-workers from their local schools or departments. The winners each submitted essays detailing why they love their jobs, along with a letter of support from their principal or department supervisor to be considered for the overall category awards. A judging committee selected the category winners, along with an overall winner who will be named during the recognition ceremony on May 18
The category winners are:
- Shirley Chumley, Bookkeeper, Helena High – Accounting
- Melinda Hooten, Custodian, Oak Mountain Middle – Custodial
- Darlene Malinoski, Child Nutrition Program Manager, Mt Laurel Elementary – Food Service
- Amanda Glass, paraeducator, Calera Intermediate – Instructional
- James Hall, Bus Driver, Calera Zone – Transportation
- Russell Bentley, Maintenance Technician, Forest Oaks Elementary – Maintenance
- Jenny Franklin – Secretary for Special Education, Shelby County Special Services Center – Secretarial
The other individuals who will be honored as a local school or department winner are (by category):
Accounting: Bethany Hutton, payroll staff accountant, Central Office; and Lacey Brackner, bookkeeper, Chelsea High; Karen Duke, bookkeeper, Calera Middle
Custodial: Alfonza Bradford, custodian, Vincent Middle/High; Lori Orth, custodian, Oak Mountain High; Sue Brown, custodian, Shelby County College and Career Center; Bob Stricklin, custodian, Montevallo Elementary; and Rodney Moore, Custodian, Chelsea Middle School.
Food Service: Tammi Taveres, CNP manager, Vincent Elementary
Instructional: Susan Curtis, paraeducator, Helena Elementary School; Cynthia Myers, paraeducator, Oak Mountain Elementary; Rebecca Bryant, school interventionist, Columbiana Middle; Jami Burns, paraeducator, Montevallo Middle; Amy Shirley, paraeducator, Shelby Elementary; Beverly Vick, paraeducator, Elvin Hill Elementary; Myia Vines, paraeducator, Linda Nolen Learning Center; Juanita Sharkey, paraeducator, Shelby County High; Pamela Moore, paraeducator, Chelsea Park Elementary; John Hughes, paraeducator, Inverness Elementary; and Christi Ellison, paraeducator, Montevallo High.
Maintenance: Ben Fredrick, Maintenance Technican, Calera High School; Richard Horton, maintenance technician/construction; Maintenance Department
Secretarial: Julie Brane, secretary, Oak Mountain Intermediate; Lynn Faulkner, registrar, Helena Intermediate; Angel Harris, registrar, Wilsonville Elementary; Lynn Roberts, registrar, Helena Middle; Deann Scholl, secretary, Calera Elementary; and Wendi Griggs, secretary, Technology Department, Shelby County Instructional Services Center.