Thirty-seven longtime employees of Lenoir County Public Schools were honored by their colleagues on Wednesday during the district’s annual Retiree Appreciation Luncheon.
The 2017-2018 retirees represent 12 schools and district support operations and together contributed 1,001½ years of service to public education and the state of North Carolina.
Retirees who attended the luncheon at the Lenoir County Shrine Club were presented with a plaque by Superintendent Brent Williams and, from the Lenoir County Board of Education, chair Jon Sargeant and vice chair Bruce Hill.
“I want to thank on, on behalf of this school system and this board of education, for the decision you made many years ago to dedicate yourself to the service of young people,” Williams told the retirees in his closing remarks. “Your legacy will be one of service – of dedicated, selfless service – and you can see evidence of what you’ve done in your professional life in the lives of the young people you’ve served.”
Retirees, by school, are:
Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School – Barbara Kenyear, 30 years as a teacher; Beatrice King, 19 years as a bus driver and 12 year as a child nutrition employee; Dean Neff, 28 years as a teacher, including eight years with LCPS; Juanita Sutton, 21 years as a teacher and 2½ years as a teacher assistant.
Kinston High School – Esther Baker, 37 years as a bus driver and child nutrition employee; Mildred Dunn, 27 years as teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director of curriculum and instruction; Jody Guttenberger, 30 years as a teacher; Susan Hairr, 20 years as a data manager and bookkeeper; Albert Jones, 29 years as a custodian; Jessie Taylor, 13 years as a bus driver and child nutrition employee.
Moss Hill Elementary School – Teresa Kennedy, 18 years as a teacher as well as 22 years as a division director at O’Berry Center; Gail Langston, 27 years as a bus driver and child nutrition employee; Melissa McClung, 29 years as a school counselor, including 12 years with LCPS; Pamela Smith Cauley, 25 years as a teacher assistant and bus driver; Wendy Sutton, 30 years as a teacher; Beverly Taylor, 17 years as a teacher as well as 14 years at Caswell Center.
North Lenoir High School – Kimothy Brown, 30 years as a teacher; Nathan Burney, eight years as a custodian; Bertha Cannon, 11 years as a bus driver and child nutrition employee; Jennifer Henderson, 35 years as a teacher, including five years with LCPS.
Northeast Elementary School – Melanie McCoy, 21 years as a media specialist; Peggy McPhail, 33 years as a teacher; Marcy Rouse, 14 years in education as well as 17½ years at Caswell Center; Natalie Williamson, six years as a teacher and 16 years as a property/cost clerk.
Pink Hill Elementary School – Darlene Holloway, 31 years as a teacher; Vickie Mervin, 29 years as a teacher assistant and bus driver; Sheila Miller, 31 years as a teacher.
Rochelle Middle School – Shirley Coefield, 22 years as a teacher with LCPS as well as one year in education in Wayne County.
South Lenoir High School – Deborah Duff, 20 years and one month as a bus driver, child nutrition employee and custodian; Nulette Potter, 36 years as a teacher.
Southeast Elementary School – Velma Bowens, 20 years as a teacher and 10 years as a teacher assistant; Belinda Coleman, 42 years as a teacher; Charles Kittrell, 28 years as a teacher assistant.
Woodington Middle School – Katherine Beamon, 29 years as a teacher, including 23 years with LCPS; Karen Smith, 12 years as teacher and eight years as a teacher assistant.
Central Services – Becky Berger, 28 years as an administrative assistant; and Phil Decker, 19½ as district director of technology, cyber campus manager and WAN manager.