Montgomery Teacher of Year
Monday, 01 February 2010

February 1--  A middle school teacher is the Montgomery County school system's "Teacher of the Year."  Lisa Parker is an eighth grade teacher and Dr. Marvin Howard, her principal at Montgomery County Middle School, says she's the go-to teacher on the faculty. 

"She's well qualified and she does a great job.  She is certified in reading, writing, language arts and math.  Whatever we need, Mrs. Parker has it," he notes.

ImageLisa with School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten

 Lisa Parker has been at the middle school for six of her 26 years in teaching and believes she was meant to be in the classroom.  She believes in high standards for her students, "I'm tough on them and treat them like I would like my child treated.  I want them to be prepared for whatever they want to do.  I know in teaching we don't take that Hippocratic Oath like the doctors do, but I do believe 'First, do no harm,' she says.

The school board recognized Mrs. Parker's school and the high school for earning bronze awards for student achievement from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement.

ImageDr. Batten with Middle School Principal Dr. Marvin Howard and assistant Principal Tasha Middlebrooks.

Ginger White from the high school displays Bronze Banner with Dr. Batten.Image

The board also approved a new one-year contract for school superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten with one nay vote from board member Deloris James.  She objected to the extension prior to a performance evaluation which she says is not due till March.

James also voted against approving the system's accounts payable report because she said it included a $1,600 payment for a land survey for a proposed new school which has yet to be approved by voters.

The board member from Alston did follow through on her campaign promise to return her school board pay to the school system.  At Monday night's board meeting she presented a $950 check to lunchroom workers to buy new kitchen uniforms.

ImageSchool board member Deloris James presents her salary check to school system nutritionist Erica Clark (left) and cafeteria worker Dena Morgan (right)>

The school board also took under advisement a recommendation from Dr.Batten to save an estimated $76,000 by shortening next school year to 160 days for students.   Classes would start September 7th and end May 20th.  The board will vote on the question at its March meeting.

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