Thursday evening, February 3, the Madison County Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc., (MCFEE) in conjunction with the Madison County District Schools, sponsored the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year banquet. The highlight of the banquet was the announcement that Jerri Ann Webb representing Madison County High was selected as the District Teacher of the Year.
Last fall, each school selected a Golden Apple Teacher of the Year for that school. Madison County Central School had two teachers, one for the elementary grades and one for the middle grades. These teachers completed the appropriate paperwork, made a video and were interviewed by five community people. Their selection was announced as the District Teacher of the Year at the banquet. The district teacher of the year will compete in the Florida Teacher of the Year event this summer.
The cafeteria of the High School was festively decorated to celebrate the golden apple teachers. Dinner music was provided by the MCHS Jazz Band, Geoff Hill, Director. Mr. Hill is a previous Golden Apple District Teacher of the Year. Assisting with the dinner were members of Madison County High’s FCCLA, Monteze Walker and Robin Smith sponsors.
About 130 people were welcomed by Faye Browning, President of MCFEE. MCFEE has three main projects: the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year, the Take Stock in Children Scholarship program, and the mini-grants for teachers.
After dinner, Jo Willis, coordinator of the Take Stock in Children program, told the audience that 67 Madison County students had received tuition scholarships upon graduation from high school. In addition, 60 more students are in line to receive a scholarship when they complete high school.
Yolanda Haynes, last year’s District Teacher of the Year, then introduced the seven teachers vying for District Teacher of the Year. Each teacher was introduced by her principal and by a student. Teachers and students included
Emily Dickey of Greenville Elementary introduced by Nigeria Reddick
Celeste Fleming of Madison County Central introduced by Ke’juan Irvine
Linda McFarland of Madison County Excel introduced by Nathaniel Lee
Susan Maultsby of Lee Elementary introduced by Rinna Anderson
Christi Minor of Pinetta Elementary introduced by Kylie Greenlee
Charla Walker of Madison County Central introduced by Cheyann Yohe
Jerri Ann Webb of Madison County High introduced by Ryan Kornegay
These seven teachers raise the spirits of their teachers, their co-walkers and the community. Mark Branham serenaded them appropriately with the song, “You Raise Me Up” After the song, Yolanda Haynes announced the new District Teacher of the Year: Jerri Ann Webb.
MCFEE wishes to thank the banquet benefactors who helped make this event possible: Delta Kappa Gamma, Bank of America, Superior Trees, Madison County Community Bank, North Florida Community College and Citizens State Bank.
MCFEE would also like to thank Progress Energy for funding the Energy Grant allowing a match from the Florida Consortium of Educational Foundations. These funds make possible the Mini-Grant program of MCFEE.