Forty-three LCPS employees — representing, in aggregate, nearly 1,100 years in education — received an official send-off Tuesday during the annual Retiree Appreciation Luncheon, held at the Lenoir County Shrine Club.
Associate Superintendent Frances Herring recognized each of the retirees, those leaving or who have already left the district this school year, and Superintendent Brent Williams presented the retirees in attendance with a plaque “in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication to Lenoir County Public Schools.”
“Congratulations on a job well done,” Williams told retirees. “You deserve all the good will, congratulations and accolades you’ve gotten here today. You will be remembered. Your impact will live on.”
Joining district administrators in celebrating these employees’ long careers were members of the Lenoir County Board of Education Jon Sargeant, Elijah Woods, Billy Davis and Bruce Hill, as well as principals and fellow faculty and staff from the honorees’ schools.
This year’s list of retirees includes 13 schools, the system’s Transportation and Maintenance departments and Central Services. Longest tenured are two who each spent 37 years in the classroom.
Deborah Hardee of Lenoir County Learning Academy is retiring with 37 years of experience as a teacher. She also taught in Charlotte Mecklenburg County schools, Whole Man Ministry School, Bethel Christian Academy and Creekside Academy.
Valeria Taylor, a family and consumer science teacher at South Lenoir High School, is also retiring after 37 years. She also worked with Duplin and Onslow County Schools.
Other 2016-2017 retirees are:
Banks Elementary School.
- Donna Gunter has been at Banks as a bookkeeper for 24 years and has also worked as a SIMS operator with Lenoir County Schools for 6 years.
- Karen Hall has spent 28 years at Banks as an Art teacher. She also has taught 1 year in Wayne County Schools and 3 years in New Hanover County. Karen is retiring with 32 years of experience.
- George Horner has spent 29 years at Banks as a PE teacher.
Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School
- Rebecca Hill is retiring with 23 years of experience as a bus driver and child nutrition employee.
- Barbara Mumford is retiring with 19 years of service as a Child Nutrition employee.
Frink Middle School
- Mary Davis is retiring with 26 years of experience as a custodian.
- Elwood Huffman is retiring with eight years of service as a maintenance electrician.
- Richard Taylor is retiring with 14 years of service as a maintenance carpenter.
Moss Hill Elementary School
- Lena McCoy is retiring with 24 years of experience as a custodian.
North Lenoir High School
- Rebecca Mooring is retiring with 30 years of experience as a teacher. She has also taught in Gates County, at Wilson Tech Community College and at Lenoir Community College.
Northeast Elementary School
- Christybell Hodges is retiring as a teacher assistant with 23 years in education.
- Annie Jordan is retiring with 30 years in education. She was a teacher assistant and bus driver. She also was a teacher assistant in Onslow County.
- Linda Stanley worked as a K-5 autism teacher. She has been with Lenoir County for one year.
- Cassandra Tyson spent two years at Northeast as a PE teacher.
- Flora Wilkes is retiring with 19 years of experience as a teacher assistant. She also has experience with Greene County Schools.
Northwest Elementary School
- Christine Bright is retiring with 34 years experience as a media coordinator at Bynum and Northwest elementary schools as well as Head of Children’s Services at Neuse Regional Library.
- Katherine Hyler is retiring with 32 years of teaching experience. Thirty-one years were spent teaching in Lenoir County and she also worked in Greene County for one year.
Rochelle Middle School
- Cassie Cantey is retiring with 18 years of experience as an EC teacher.
South Lenoir High School
- Edgbert Hall is retiring with 16 years of experience as a Custodian.
- Jackey Leonard is retiring with 28 years and 2 months of experience as a bus driver and child nutrition assistant.
- Cheryl Rouse is retiring with 34 years of experience as a Math teacher and also worked with Kinston City Schools.
- Jean Smith is retiring with 32 ½ years of experience as an Agricultural teacher.
- Valeria Taylor is retiring with 37 years of experience as a family and consumer science teacher. She also worked with Duplin and Onslow County Schools.
Southeast Elementary School
- Marynette Coward has 29 years and 7 months of experience as a teacher assistant.
- Myra Greene-Pittman has 34 years experience with education. She has been a STEM teacher, technology teacher, and computer programmer.
- Leighnette Spruill has 27 years of experience as a teacher assistant.
- Marvette Spruill has 33 years of experience in education and 13 of those years were spent serving as a media coordinator for Lenoir County Public Schools.
- Valentine Williams is retiring with 24 years of service as child nutrition employee.
- Kathy Yowonske has 21 years of experience as a teacher assistant.
From Southwood Elementary School
- Debra Jarman is retiring with 22 years experience as a bus driver and child nutrition assistant.
Woodington Middle School
- Lois Charlton is retiring with 28.72 years of experience as a Business Education teacher.
- Mellany Davis is retiring with 36 years of experience as a Math teacher. She has also taught for Onslow County Schools.
- Barbara Garvey is retiring with 30 years and 3 months experience in education. She was an English/Language Arts teacher for 7 years with Lenoir County Schools. She also held other positions in Carteret, Johnston, and Jones County.
- Terry Lee is retiring with 30 years experience as an Art teacher and also worked with Wayne County Schools.
- Sabrina Lenihan is retiring with 20 years of experience in education. She has served as a bookkeeper with Lenoir County Public Schools and has also worked at Lenoir Community College and with Wake County Schools.
- Delores Miller is retiring with 14 years of service as a child nutrition employee.
- James Williams is retiring with 30 years in education. His most recent position was a parts manager/cost clerk. He also has experience as a custodian, bus driver, teacher assistant, and SIMS operator at LaGrange Elementary and was a secretary at the Central Office.
- Lisa Davis has 29 years in education. She was a bookkeeper and finance director for Lenoir County Schools and also worked for Jones County Schools.
- Amanda Bullard-Maxwell retires with 30 years in education. She was the principal at LaGrange Elementary for one year and then was the Director of Elementary Education for one year. She also held other positions in Lee and Moore County.
- Janice Parks is retiring with 17 years of service. She is retiring as an Administrative Assistant and was also office support for HR for 5 years.
- Robin Roberson is retiring with 34 years of experience with Lenoir County Schools. She has served as HR director, CTE/secondary director, teacher, VoCATS coordinator for district, technology coordinator, and assistant principal.
- Becky Whittington has 32 years of experience in education. She has served as the director of testing and accountability, VoCATs/Special pops coordinator, and was a business/marketing teacher. She was also a computer teacher at Arendell Parrot Academy for two years.