Four inducted into Houston BOE’s Teacher Hall of Fame

Sun News correspondentApril 17, 2013 

PERRY -- Four teachers were inducted Sunday into the Houston County Board of Education’s Teacher Hall of Fame.

Linda Faraone, Mary Ann Gore, Gail Maye and Pamela Stanescu joined 42 teachers previously inducted.

“We’re here today to honor what you have done in the classroom,” said Ed Dyson, keynote speaker during the sixth annual ceremony at the board’s central office auditorium.

Dyson served many roles in the Houston school system, including teacher, coach and principal of Northside High School. He retired from the system as executive director for secondary operations.

Dyson complimented each of Sunday’s inductees, saying he had known of them and their reputations as outstanding teachers long before they were nominated to the hall of fame. He said they had made a difference in Houston County, the nation and the world because they fulfilled their call to teach.

“Your life has purpose to it and that was proven in the classroom,” Dyson said. “You were called to be teachers. You have finished a marathon and not fallen by the wayside. That alone is worthy of honor today.”

Robin Hines, superintendent of schools, also spoke during the ceremony of the “high honor” the inductees deserved and their influential role in students’ lives. He said the teachers were “immortalized by the success of their students.”

Faraone, a math teacher, was recognized for her role as a tutor to students countywide, both at school and in her home around her dining room table. Faraone earned a math degree at the Mississippi State College for Women in 1966 and began teaching at Watson Elementary School. The next year she transferred to Northside High School and later taught at Rumble Junior High and Warner Robins Junior High schools.

She helped introduce the gifted program in Houston County and served as a FOCUS teacher at Centerville Elementary. Summers she often wrote math curriculums and taught summer school and Enhancement program classes. She sponsored cheerleading, pep club, prayer club, yearbook and newspaper staffs. She was teacher-of-the-year twice.

She retired from Houston County High School in 1997 after 31 years of teaching, but continues teaching as an adjunct math professor at Georgia Military College.

Gore, also a math teacher, was noted for many accomplishments, including at one time being the county’s only calculus teacher and her role in introducing calculators into the classroom. After being trained in the educational use of graphing calculators, she taught other county teachers how to use them with students.

Gore earned a math degree at Wesleyan College and began her teaching career at Northside High School in 1966. She transferred to Warner Robins High School in 1970 and was the county’s first advanced placement teacher. She also introduced the advanced level of AP Calculus to the system. She was sponsor for Mu Alpha Theta and math team coach. Her awards include being system gifted teacher of the year, four-time STAR teacher, Georgia Presidential Award for Math and Science winner and outstanding AP teacher for the southeast. She is co-author of Work Smarter, Not Harder calculus lab manuals.

Gore retired after 30 years in 2000.

Maye never intended to become a teacher but was steered in that direction by a college professor who called her a “natural born teacher.” She is a 1969 graduate of Warner Robins High School and a 1974 graduate of Georgia Southern University. She spent her entire professional career in the Houston school system, beginning in 1976 at Northside Junior High School. In 1988, she transferred to Warner Robins High. She ended her career as countywide director of energy education, where she worked to develop a culture of environmental awareness to save energy in schools, ultimately creating an award-winning program.

While teaching, her contributions outside of the classroom included cheerleader coach for 10-plus years, pep club sponsor, theatre program sponsor and annual staff sponsor. She was voted favorite teacher multiple years and was a Houston County Teacher of the Year finalist. While at Warner Robins High, she sponsored Anchor Club and continued work with Northside Junior High’s yearbook staff. For 17 years she organized student summer trips, taking approximately 600 students throughout the U.S. and abroad.

She retired in 2004.

Stanescu spent her entire teaching career at Warner Robins High School and was noted for singing in the classroom and greeting her students each day as “great and glorious human beings.” She earned a history and English degree from Agnes Scott and began teaching at Warner Robins in 1969. During 43 years of teaching full and part time, she taught almost all the English and history courses offered. She was part of the team that began the county’s gifted program and was the first to teach AP United History and AP European History in the system.

A master teacher, Stanescu taught workshops and presented at numerous state conferences. Her awards include Houston County Teacher of the Year, Georgia Gifted Teacher of the Year, and STAR Teacher six times.

She officially retired in 2008 but returned to teach part time.

According to school system officials, the hall of fame honors extraordinary classroom teachers who’ve made a significant difference in the lives of students. Criteria for nominees include having taught in Houston County schools for at least 20 years; maintained exemplary standards of behavior and ethics; exhibited leadership; been enthusiastic about teaching and learning; demonstrated competency in their subject matter; worked well with colleagues and administrators; and consistently sought to encourage, inspire and motivate students toward greater accomplishments.

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