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HCBOE Names 17 Outstanding Women in Education

Seventeen women from the Houston County Board of Education will be honored Saturday, March 5, 2011, as recipients of the Outstanding Women in Education award. 

They will be recognized during the “It’s Time!” Unity Conference.  The conference will be held in the Century of Flight building at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The honorees will be presented awards from 2:00 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. and also recognized at a reception from 2:40 to 3:30 p.m.  Special guests include First Lady Sandra Deal and Becky Scott.   

 A total of 30 honorees were selected from across Georgia with nominees coming from not only Houston, but also Baldwin, Bibb, DeKalb, Fulton, Henry, Lowndes, Newton, Peach and Twiggs. 

According to Vivian Childs, event organizer, “This award is designed to recognize those women who succeed in excellence, expertise, and extraordinary achievements in their school district.  It is also designed to recognize those women who support the growth of the students in their schools by preparing them to excel in all areas.” 


The Houston County Board of Education honorees are listed below:

  • Helen Hughes                      Member, Houston County School Board
  • Dr. Marianne Melnick        Member, Houston County School Board
  • Dr. Kim Halstead                 Principal, Tucker Elementary
  • Dr. Jolie Hardin                   Principal, Matt Arthur Elementary
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Taylor            Principal, Huntington Middle
  • Beth McConnell                     School Counselor, Warner Robins High
  • Grace Sharpe                       Art Teacher, Veterans High
  • Jane Wilson                          Math Teacher, Northside High
  • Christy Hursey                     Band Teacher, Perry Middle
  • Diane Moore                        Reading Specialist, Thomson Middle
  • Kimberly Grizzle                  Special Education Teacher, Northside Elementary
  • Laura Lamberth                  Special Education Teacher, Quail Run Elementary
  • Karen McDearmid                First Grade Teacher, Northside Elementary
  • Shirley Jarrell                      Parapro, Northside Elementary
  • Linda Horne                        School Secretary, Northside Elementary
  • Ruthie Ray                          Bus Driver, Warner Robins High
  • Nevelyn Davis                      Bus Monitor, Mossy Creek Middle and Northside Elementary


During the month of March, women are celebrated around the country for their contributions. 

“It’s Time Unity Conference” will join other states and communities that honor and recognize women.  The common thread that all of these women seem to share, is a unique ability to support and serve the local community in which they reside. 

The cost of the conference is $35 or $45 to include lunch. 

To register or for more information, visit www.vlchilds.com or contact Childs at 478-953-9767. 


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