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FCS employees recognized during virtual Honors Program

Franklin County Schools premiered its annual Honors Program in a new format this year due to the social distancing restrictions associated with the COVID-19 closure.

The traditional live ceremony was instead developed as a YouTube video. There is still time to catch the virtual ceremony by visiting Franklin County Schools YouTube Channel at the following link:  

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020-21 Assistant Principal of the Year, Certified Employee of the Year, and Teacher of the Year awards. They are listed below:  


Assistant Principal of the Year

Katie Renze-Beer, Edward Best Elementary School, was named Assistant Principal of the Year.

Mrs. Renze-Beer has been an AP in Franklin County Schools for four years. Stephanie Brooks, principal at EBES, said Mrs. Renze-Beer works to create the master schedule for classroom instruction and instructional assistant support. She also develops spreadsheets and forms that are helpful when keeping track of instructional practices. She also never stops learning.

“Mrs. Beer does not hesitate to research when there are topics she may not be familiar with. She seeks to gain knowledge and understanding so that she can provide leadership to the teachers and staff,” Principal Brooks said.

An adult female holds a plaque and smiles


Certified Employee of the Year

Pat Jones, Terrell Lane Middle School, was named Certified Employee of the Year. Mrs. Jones serves as the data manager and bookkeeper. Eric Betheil, principal at TLMS, said Mrs. Jones wears multiple hats and helps the school run smoothly on a daily basis.

“Simply put, Mrs. Pat Jones is Terrell Lane Middle School,” Principal Betheil said. “She has been an integral part of the TLMS staff for years and continues to be someone staff, students and parents can rely upon to assist them. Mrs. Jones embodies what we want our staff to do when it comes to building relationships with staff, students and the community.”

An adult female holds a plaque and smiles


Teacher of the Year

Madria Spivey, Bunn Middle School, was named Teacher of the Year for 2020-21. She teaches 7th grade math. Dr. Latoia Valentine, principal of BMS, said Mrs. Spivey treats each one of her students with great dignity and respect.

“She is helping create a positive environment that is child oriented and focused on building positive, self-esteem through high standards and well-designed instruction,” Principal Valentine said. “She sets high expectations for all students, and they live up to those expectations. Her sensitivity and concern for her students, leads her to spend a lot of time working individually with them. Mrs. Spivey is a pillar in the BMS community.”

An adult female holds a plaque and smiles