Jasper City Schools is all about family.The school district hosted an institute for employees on Wednesday at Jasper High School to kick off the school year and welcome new employees.Superintendent …
Jasper City Schools is all about family.
The school district hosted an institute for employees on Wednesday at Jasper High School to kick off the school year and welcome new employees.
Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson first welcomed new teachers, staff members and administrators to the Jasper City Schools' family.
Nearly 40 new employees were announced by the Jasper City Board of Education on Wednesday: Karlee Ivey, Eleni Morrow, Hallie Grace Muncher, Genene Nash, Molly Sparkman, Josie Walker and Kelly NeSmith of T.R. Simmons Elementary School; Jana Jackson, Kaitlin Mellot, Ashlea Miles, Lisa Norris, Amanda Sherer, Cristin Smith, Wendy Walker and Deanna Royster of Memorial Park Elementary School; Meredith St. Clair, Mary Caitlin Durham, Lori Farris, Cadie Frazier, Rebecca Good, Jessalyn Kyser, Meijah McCollum, James Moody Jr., Kathleen Rhodes, Alison Sullivan and Meaghan Denson of Maddox Intermediate School; Kendra Dove, Brooke Hammack, Billie Jane Smith and Jessica Yeager of Jasper Jr. High School; and Kyle Butler, Katy Burns, Katelyn Gallas, Kristina Godsey, Jackee Key and Nicholas Sourvelis of Jasper High School.
The school district also welcomed Leslie Boyd, Tyler Keene and Keith Banks as bus drivers.
Thirteen Jasper City Schools employees also transferred to other positions within the school system.
Jackson expressed her appreciation to the hundreds of employees in attendance.
"Most of you are here because it is a calling. It is a mission because you believe you are making a difference, and you are," Jackson said. "Our mission is to inspire students to achieve academic excellence in our interconnected world and community. If we are going to inspire kids to reach excellence, we've got to take care of ourselves, we've got to take care of each other, and we've got to take care of the kids. And I have no doubt you're going to take care of the kids."
She added, "We are a family within ourselves."
Following Jackson's speech, a video was shared where children, teachers, and administrators with Jasper City Schools shared what family means to them.
In the video, Jasper High Principal Jonathan Allen said, "The foundational belief for a family is that each member is important; moreover, every member of our family has a critical role to play in the selfless function of our family. We serve one another, we love each other, and we impact students through learning.
"A family culture is formed through these common values and a sense of community. We are a part of a bigger purpose — a calling bigger than ourselves. That's what being a family means to me."
Jasper High School's show choir group did two performances for the crowd as well, and attorney and child advocate Liz Huntley served as the featured guest speaker.