Weatherford College to honor 34 area teachers

Weatherford College to honor 34 area teachers
Weatherford College will recognize 34 of the finest teachers from across the region at the annual Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration January 27, 9 am till 4 pm at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
Celebrating its sixteenth year, the Harvey Academy honors exemplary teachers in the memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a “master teacher.”

The day’s events will include a tour of the Heritage and Culture Center and a morning session featuring welcoming remarks by Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president, and keynote speaker Daniel Leija, 2011 Texas Teacher of the Year. Leija’s presentation is titled “Leadership According to Curly, Larry and Gunny Highway.”

The teachers will be presented a Jack Harvey Fellow medallion and plaque during a special luncheon in their honor.
Additionally, the teachers and other attendees will have the opportunity to meet state and local officials who have great influence on their school districts and their jobs. A “Texas Education Issues” panel discussion 1:30-2:30 p.m., for which the general public is invited, will include State Senator Wendy Davis; Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president; State Senator Craig Estes; Dr. Jeffrey
Hanks, superintendent of Weatherford ISD; State Rep. Phil King and Bobby Rigues of the Aledo ISD School Board. The six panelists, moderated by WC Vice President of Instruction Student Services Richard Bowers, will discuss funding,
staffing, and other issues directly affecting teachers and school districts and will participate in a Q&A with those attending.

To be honored as 2011-12 Jack Harvey Fellowship Awards of Exemplary Teaching awardees are:

•             Aledo ISD
– Emily Felker, Grade 4, Language Arts/Social Studies

•             Alvord ISD
– Scott Bickers, Grade 5, Science

•             Azle ISD
– Jennifer Westmoreland, Kindergarten

•             Birdville
ISD – Gary Edge, Grades 9, Social Studies/World Geography

•             Bowie ISD
– Jennifer Clement, Grades 3-5, Special Education

•             Boyd ISD
– Oscar Hernandez, Grades 9-12, Spanish

•             Bridgeport
ISD – Irma Martinez, Grade 2, Bilingual Coordinator

•             Brock ISD
– Greg Joy, Grade 8, Science/Librarian/Coach

•             Burleson
ISD – Nicole Hammons, Grade 1

•             Chico ISD
– Tobie Hart, Grades 11-12, English

•             Decatur
ISD – Jean Miller, Grade 1

•             Garner
ISD – Carol Watson, Grade 4

•             Graford
ISD – Tonya Parsons, Grades 7-12, CTE

•             Granbury
ISD –Deborah Ottaway, Grade 2

•             Huckabay
ISD – Danny Golightly, Grades K-3, Art

•             Jacksboro
ISD – Ann Hearne, Grade 7, Math

•             Joshua
ISD – Amber Valles, Grade 9, Special Education

•             Lipan ISD
–Leeann Tarpley, Grade Pre-K

•             Millsap
ISD – Beth Adkins, Grades 11-12, English

•             Mineral
Wells ISD – Cindy Blasor, Grades 4-6, Special Education

•             Muenster
ISD – Sabrina Truebenback, Kindergarten

•             Palo
Pinto ISD – Haley Blackmon, Pre-K-Grade 6, Physical Education

•             Paradise
ISD – Stacy Dial, Grades 4-5, GT, Compensatory Education-Math

•             Peaster
ISD – Misti Adams, Grade 8, Math

•             Perrin-Whitt
ISD – Virginia Cotton, Grades 9-12, Math

•             Poolville
ISD – Kari Wade, Grades 9-12, Special Education

•             Santo ISD
– Travis Barnes, Grades 9-12, Science

•             Slidell
ISD- Dana Wood, Grade 4

•             Springtown
ISD – Jeanie Heineman, Grade 2

•             Stephenville
ISD – Julie Dacus, Grades 11-12, Math

•             Tolar
ISD- Jessica Parker, Grades 1-3,6, Bilingual

•             Weatherford
ISD – Paula Parks, Grades 10-12, ELA

•             Weatherford
College – Brad Tibbitts, History

Do you have any Girl Scout memorabilia?

In 2012, the Girl Scouts of the USA will be celebrating its 100th birthday and we will be commemorating this achievement with a display at DHCC. If you have any memorabilia that was your grandmothers or older that would work in a display, just give C.B. Williams, Exhibit Coordinator a call she would be interested in seeing what you have that might work in the display.     817-599-6168 ext. 54

Notes from the Executive Director-Heather Castagna

Winston Churchill put it best when he said, “You make a living by what you get.  You make a life by what you give.”

As we look back on the past five years, evidence of community involvement abounds. The Doss is rich with history of those who helped take one man’s vision and make it a reality.  In the short time since my arrival, I am continuously amazed by the passion of Doss supporters.  And, in no small measure, that passion is most evident in the faces of our volunteers.

Individuals have different motivations for volunteering.  Some do it to stay busy; others enjoy being a part of a team.  Whatever their motivation, Doss volunteers play a tremendous role in helping strengthen our mission to collect, preserve and exhibit the heritage of Parker County and Texas.

Whether it is to make new friends, feel proud, assure progress or learn something new, motivations are as varied as the volunteers themselves.  Volunteers are the life-blood of the Doss.  Although each volunteer brings a unique talent, they all share a common goal; the success of the Doss.

Volunteers bring a renewed energy when they walk through our doors.  It is this energy that has brought us to this place in time and will undoubtedly sustain us in the years ahead.  As we look toward our future and the coming year, opportunities for volunteering are a every corner.  If you’ve thought about lending a helping hand or trying something new, we invite you to join us!  The value of our Doss volunteers is immeasurable.

2012 promises to be a busy and exciting year for the Doss.  If you’ve ever given thought to volunteering at the Doss now is the time.  Help us to be the center where our past and future is celebrated!