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Teacher Spotlight: Cindy Vega

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Cindy Vega’s name is probably familiar to most readers. She was Madison’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-17, as well as a recent recipient of the Governor’s Shine Award. Vega is in her seventh year of teaching in Madison County, but she taught two years in Georgia before making the switch. While in Georgia, she taught pre-kindergarten; however, since her move to the Madison County School District, Vargas has been entirely dedicated to first-graders. Vega comes from a family of educators. Her father taught high…

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Search for the Sparkle

Story submitted by: Savannah Reams This year marks my third year of teaching elementary students. As an educator, I have learned that many challenges, set-backs, and changes are inevitable. However, in any career where children are involved, the benefits far outweigh the inevitabilities. The moments I have spent cheering as a student grasps a concept, holding my breath during their first Tropicana Speech competition, or crying as my very first 5th Grade class graduated are life changing. These moments have given me a reason to press on a little harder,…

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Teacher Spotlight: Dela Carroll

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Dela Carroll has been teaching for more than 30 years, but recently her teaching has been benefiting James Madison Preparatory High School (JMPHS). At JMPHS, she teaches high school Hope/Physical Education and Critical Thinking. Carroll received her teaching degree from Valdosta State University. During her teaching tenure, she has taught children from elementary-age through high school in Georgia, and throughout Madison County. Her subject areas have been equally as diverse: English/Language Arts, special education, reading, social studies, science, math, health and physical education. Carroll was…

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Six local students receive Farm Bureau scholarships

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Six students from Madison have been awarded college scholarships from a program initiated by the Florida Farm Bureau. Funding for the scholarships has been derived from a 1998 tobacco settlement between state attorneys general and five major tobacco companies concerning the marketing of tobacco products. Thanks to Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a small portion of the remaining settlement money available for Florida has been earmarked for the program. Current Florida flue-cured tobacco growers, former flue-cured tobacco growers and descendants of flue-cured…

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