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Columbus schools announce parents, teachers of the year


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Eight parents in the Columbus Municipal School District Monday night were recognized for being the "best of the best" during the past school year. 


Each school in the district chose a parent who demonstrated an "extreme interest" in their children''s academic career and went "above and beyond" their duties to aid the schools, said CMSD Superintendent Del Phillips. 


"They''re the backbone of the school system," Phillips said. "These parents help the schools in any way they can, they get involved with their children and other children at the school and just show a genuine interest in helping the schools succeed." 


Parents of the year were T.J. Tate at Columbus High School, Betsy Altmyer at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, Samantha Jones at Fairview Elementary Aerospace and Science Magnet School, and Rachel Huwe at Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School. 


Other parents of the year were Mary Holmes at Hunt Intermediate, Chantea Williams at Lee Middle, Emory Hutchison at Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School, and Edward Yeates at Stokes-Beard Elementary Technology and Communication School. 


Tate and Altmyer also were selected as this year''s districtwide parents of the year. 


"We had a tie this year, because you just can''t pick these two apart," Phillips said of Tate and Altmyer. "All of these parents just do so much and are very important to making our schools a success." 


Praise for the two districtwide parents of the year came from several sources, including administrators and local business executives. 


"She is a parent who is very involved in her sons'' kindergarten and second-grade classrooms, but it is not unusual for her to be working in other areas of the school as well," Cook Elementary Principal Lois Kappler wrote of Altmyer. "Mrs. Altmyer volunteers in her children''s classrooms and assists teachers in many ways. She always finds time to promote success for all students and our school." 


"He is a positive influence on everyone he meets, and willingly shares his knowledge and skills to help others day-in and day-out," 4-County Electric Power Association Chief Executive Officer Allegra Brigham wrote of Tate. "T.J. has felt it imperative to invest in his children''s lives by investing his time in the schools to make them better." 


The board Monday night also recognized its administrator of the year and teachers of the year. 




  • Jill Savely, assistant principal and International Baccalaureate coordinator at Columbus High School was selected as the CMSD administrator of the year. 


  • Rosalyn Hodge was selected as the Stokes-Beard and CMSD district teacher of the year. 


  • Kaye Truitt was selected teacher of the year at CHS. 


  • Lisa Elmore was selected teacher of the year at Cook Elementary. 


  • Shalander Adams was selected teacher of the year at Fairview Elementary. 


  • Mandy Clark was selected teacher of the year at Franklin Elementary. 


  • Judie Holmes was selected teacher of the year at Hunt Intermediate. 


  • Mary Moore was selected teacher of the year at Lee Middle. 


  • JoAnne Creel was selected teacher of the year at the McKellar Technology Center. 


  • Jane Robertson was selected teacher of the year at Sale Elementary. 





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