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Relationships Matter at Franklin County Schools

Franklin County Schools Superintendent Rhonda Schuhler has recognized three school teachers and one staff member so far this year as prime examples of educators and employees who impact the lives of their students through the building of relationships that matter.

Throughout the 2019-20 academic year, Schuhler will be placing the spotlight on more of the FCS’ employees who are connecting with students to make a positive difference in their lives.

“Relationships are about accountability and challenging students to continue to grow and challenge themselves to be their personal best,” Schuhler said. “To do this, we need to set expectations high.”

FCS’ teachers and staff who have been recognized, thus far, for raising the bar high through the building of relationships that matter and helping students them reach their goals include the following personnel:

  • Sally Alston, receptionist/bookkeeper at Early College High School, knows the names of each and every student. She takes the time to go above and beyond her assigned duties to connect with all students. Graduates return to see her and keep her posted on their lives and continued academic successes.

  • Christine Brown, 5th Grade teacher at Youngsville Elementary School, displays immeasurable enthusiasm and passion for helping her kids learn. Brown builds relationships with each of her students and is genuinely interested. She is in tune with the needs of students and meets them where they are. She understands teaching the whole child is paramount to excellence in education. She has a talent for getting students to think. She also makes the most of “teachable-moments.” Her class can be summed up with the following formula: relationships + high expectations + support = success.

  • Liena Dilone, foreign languages teacher at Bunn High School. Dilone works to develop relationships with students. When they are struggling, she digs deeper to find out the root cause of their behavior. A few years ago, one of her students lost their mom suddenly. Dilone organized an empanada sale to help raise money for the family.

  • Ginger Preddy, 3rd Grade teacher at Long Mill Elementary School, consistently motivates her students with positive affirmations by telling them she believes in them, they are smart, and that they can do it (no matter the task)! She also discusses the positive attributes of her students to anyone who visits her classroom.


Dr. Rhonda Schuhler speaking at a podium while three teachers stand during a recognition for relationship building

Left to right: Sally Alston, Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, Liena Dilone and Ginger Preddy.


Three adult females and one adult male standing and smiling during a relationship building recognition

From left to right: YES AP Cindy Miller-Walker, Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, Christine Brown and YES Principal Frank Wiggins.