Two Marion County Public Schools employees recently received state-wide awards. Family Resource and Youth Service Center Director Amy Newton received the 2017 Harry J. Cowherd Award for Center Excellence; MCPS Migrant Education Recruiter/Teacher Elma Simpson received the 2017 Recruiter of the Year award at this year’s Migrant Fall Academy.
Newton was recognized at the 2017 FRYSC Fall Institute Thursday, November 16 at the Lexington Convention Center. She was nominated by MCPS administrators Chris Brady, Tim Lyons, and Angie Akers.
Among her accomplishments, Brady noted her “outstanding contributions to students and families “ and her “significant impact to our community through her tireless work with the Born Learning Program.”
Simpson was nominated by Instructional Supervisor Troy Benningfield.
In his nomination letter, Benningfield said of Simpson: “When she can’t bring resources to her room, she takes the people to the resources. [...] She is a confident, hard-working teacher with all the gusto that inspires kids to dream big. She removes barriers and our students, along with the rest of us, are all the better for having her in our lives. She is very deserving of this honor.”