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Tilley is teacher of the year
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Daphne Tilley

Monday, May 13, 2013


Daphne Tilley, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, has been named Franklin County's Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.

The announcement was made Thursday evening at the 24th annual Celebration of Franklin County Public Schools Educators, as dozens of teachers and staff gathered to honor, recognize and award years of service.

Anitra Holland, last year's teacher of the year, assisted Assistant Superintendent Sue Rogers with the presentation of awards.

"We are educators and teaching, inspiring and empowering our children, that's our act," said Holland.

"We do so from the passion in our hearts, and we do so - naturally."

Tilley, who is also Teacher of the Year for Benjamin Franklin Middle School-East Hall, thanked her family and co-workers for the honor.

"I could not be half the teacher that I am without the wonderful team that I work with," said Tilley. "I enjoy my job every day."

She shared her childhood dream of becoming a teacher saying that, as a child, she used to teach her stuffed animals every day.

"I knew from that moment, that I would grow up to be a teacher and that's all I've ever wanted to do," she said. "I love it."

Tilley received $1,000, which was a collection of donations from area businesses. She also received a trophy, bouquet of flowers and other gifts.

School Board chairman Ed Jamison congratulated the honorees and all the educators of Franklin County schools, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to the students of Franklin County.

"You've risen above and ignored the lack of support," said Jamison. "You've brought Franklin County to where we are today."

Dozens of awards were presented for years of outstanding service. Certificates were presented to teachers for 10, 20 and 25 years of service to the school division.

Beverly Scott was recognized for 35 years of service.

Several retirees were also honored with gifts.

Peers and colleagues chose the following as Teacher of the Year for their respective schools:

Christine B. Giffin, Boones Mill

Valerie L. Lynch, Burnt Chimney

Megan E. Greenway, Callaway

Thomas W. Rickard, Dudley

Valerie G. Brown, Ferrum

Megan R. Sawyers, Glade Hill

Sara T. Byrd, Henry

JoEllen G. Crawford, Lee M. Waid

Heather L. Owen, Rocky Mount

Martha T. Warner, Snow Creek

Melissa G. McBride, Sontag

Stephanie D. Davis, Windy Gap

Daphne D. Tilley, BFMS East Hall

Karen N. Reed, BFMS West Hall

Lori D. Sloan, Gereau Center

Diane O. Cannaday, FCHS

Lauren J. Judson, FCHS

Angela P. Oliver, FCHS

Awards for Outstanding Paraprofessionals were presented to Linda L. Wray of Boones Mill Elementary and Debra F. Altice of Lee M. Waid Elementary.

A highlight of the event was performances by The Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy and the Franklin County High School cast of "Hairspray," who presented a sampling of the spring musical. The entertainers received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Superintendent Mark Church closed the ceremony with congratulations and praise for Tilley and all the teachers for their dedicated service.

At-large school board member William Helm, who is not running for reelection, was recognized for his 32 years of service to county schools, receiving a jar of cash collected from all schools in the county in appreciation of his years of dedication.

Helm later turned the jar over to Church asking him to "put it towards the budget."

The money most likely will be donated to the Education Foundation to benefit children in need, Church said.

"This is why we love Franklin County," said Church. "We're going through some rough times, but it has been a wonderful year. Our community supports you (teachers and paraprofessionals) and what you do every day. We are proud of you and thank you for all you do."

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