Tonya Denny, Media Coordinator at Blue Ridge Elementary, is named Support Staff/Supervisory 2018 Employee of the Year for Ashe County Schools
Congratulation to Tonya Denny!!! This is the second year of this new recognition to employees that support or supervise in our system. In her portfolio entry she writes, “My position affects the education of children in our county through leadership and collaboration. As a media coordinator, collaboration is a key element in my job responsibilities. The sky is the limit with collaboration between media coordinators and classroom teachers.” Mrs. Denny was surprised with the announcement on Thursday. Students, staff, central services administrators, school administrators and Phyllis Yates, Superintendent, celebrated the news. Mrs. Denny has been employed with Ashe County Schools since 1991 as a tutor, teacher assistant, classroom teacher and presently, media coordinator. “I love the students and that is why I chose to complete my master’s degree in library science. As a classroom teacher I could have an effect on a small population of students contained in my class or the grade level. As a media coordinator, I can reach every student in the school every week”, stated Mrs. Denny.
The people and students who she works with express how great she is! One 5th grade student stated she is extremely wonderful and a second grader echoed, “she is awesome!
This is the 2nd year for this recognition for our school system. Ashe County Schools wants to promote the profession of support service and supervisory personnel by recognizing, rewarding, and supporting the district’s outstanding employees that go above and beyond in their area of expertise. This recognition honors employees who demonstrate excellence in work performance and leadership and commitment to our school system and students.
Much like the Teacher of the Year, the nominees are selected by each school’s teachers. The nominees submitted a portfolio and completed a face-to-face interview. Nominees for the Support Staff/Supervisory Employee of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year were:
Travis Bennett, Technology Technician at Ashe County High School; Julie Taylor, Literacy, Academic Gifted and Instructional Coach, at Ashe County Middle; Libby Matheson, School Nurse at Westwood Elementary, Beth Shelton, Media Coordinator at Mountain View Elementary and Tony Denny, Media Coordinator at Blue Ridge Elementary School.
We congratulate all of the nominees and appreciate their dedication and service to our school system.