The Shelby County School District will honor all of the individuals who were named 2017-2018 Educational 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 Professional 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 17
The category winners are:
- Laura Chambless, Bookkeeper, Chelsea Middle – Accounting
- David Alverson, Custodian, Columbiana Middle – Custodial
- LaRue Adams, Child Nutrition Program Assistant Manager, Calera Intermediate – Food Service
- Shelia Alaniz – Instructional Aide, Mt Laurel Elementary – Instructional
- Christy Freeman, Bus Driver, Chelsea Zone – Transportation
- Rodney Chappell – Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities and Maintenance – Maintenance
- Cathy Majors – Secretary- Montevallo High School – Secretarial
The other individuals who will be honored as local school or department winners are (by category):
Accounting: Vickie Quinn, bookkeeper, Shelby Elementary; Kim Parker, bookkeeper, Oak Mountain High; Kim Clowdus, bookkeeper, Career Technical Educational Center; and Samecca McCrimon, bookkeeper at Vincent Middle High,
Custodial: Sandy Brasher, custodian, Wilsonville Elementary; Vivian Carabello-Franco, custodian, Helena High; Danita Brown, custodian, Vincent Elementary; Allen Johnson, custodian, Forest Oaks Elementary School; and Lisa Morgan, custodian, Shelby County Instructional Services Center.
Food Service: Tori Rawlins, Child Nutrition Program Manager, Helena Elementary; and Crystal Kulow, Child Nutrition Program Manager, Shelby County High
Instructional: Stacey King, paraeducator, Helena Intermediate School; Kristy Gray, paraeducator, Oak Mountain Elementary; Judy Mooney, paraeducator, Calera Elementary; Amy Castleman, paraeducator, Oak Mountain Middle; Tonya Vick, Nurse, Oak Mountain Intermediate; Kimberly Martin, instructional aide, Calera Middle; Bree Tinch, paraeducator, Chelsea Park Elementary; Lou Ann Graves, Instructional Aide, Chelsea High School and Candace Gregory, instructional aide, New Direction.
Maintenance: Richard Sutton, maintenance technician, Linda Nolen Learning Center; and Wayne Raia, Maintenance Technician, Elvin Hill Elementary
Secretarial: Dana Rhodes, secretary, Helena Middle; Kathy DeVaughn, registrar, Inverness Elementary; Trina Carter, registrar, Montevallo Middle; Shelley Davis, Human Resources secretary, Central Office; Kristen Mixon, secretary, Montevallo Elementary; and Brandi Pardue, secretary, Calera High.