Education notebook: Peach County names Teachers of the Year

November 10, 2013 

Peach County Schools recently announced its school-level 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year. They are Martha Elliott-Green, of Peach County High School; Brandi Dent, of Byron Middle School; Dietrich Everett, of Fort Valley Middle School; Nicole Kimbrough, of Byron Elementary School; Carol Olajide, of Hunt Elementary School; and Terri Moore, of Kay Road Elementary School.

Houston schools’ human resources department earns award

The Houston County school system’s Human Resources Department recently was recognized by the Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators. The department won a gold award in the area of recruitment processes and materials.

“Every employee in our human resources department strives for excellence in customer service,” Mark Scott, assistant superintendent for human resources, said in a news release. “This award is confirmation that Houston County leads the state in the area of recruitment processes and materials. I am very proud of our department.”

Schools win One-Act competitions

Northside High School’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” was named the champion at both the AAAAA Region and state level of this year’s Georgia High School Association One-Act Play competition. The production also garnered awards for Best Set and Best Costumes, according to a news release.

At the region level, four students received individual awards: Alex Oakley and Olivia McMillan were named to the All-Star cast, Whitney James was named Best Supporting Actress and Brianna Roberson won Best Actress on both the region and state level.

Northside’s play will be presented Dec. 8 at the Ray Horne Theatre for Performing Arts. Admission is $5 or five canned goods at the door to benefit a local food bank.

Additionally, Perry High School won first place at the Region 2AAAA One-Act competition with its performance of “The Taste of Sunrise.” Four students won region awards: Best Actor went to Russell Bugg, Best Supporting Actress went to Caroline Tompkins, All-Star Cast went to Caroline Tompkins and Best Costumes went to Deante Hall.

Westside High plans pre-engineering open house

Westside High School will host an open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday for parents and students to learn about the school’s pre-engineering magnet program. The session will be held in Room 700 of the school, 2851 Heath Road, Macon. Applications are available at the school and will be accepted as long as slots are available. For more information, call 478-779-3800.

First Presbyterian Day School plans open houses

First Presbyterian Day School is hosting open houses at both campuses Thursday for students in rising 3K through first grade. The main campus at 5671 Calvin Drive, Macon, will greet visitors in the kindergarten building from 9-11 a.m. The downtown campus at 682 Mulberry St. will host visitors from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 478-477-4774.

Holiday poinsettia sale set for Northeast High

Northeast High School’s horticulture department is launching its annual holiday poinsettia sale. A two-stalk 6½-inch pot poinsettia is available for $10. All money is due by Dec. 9, and plants must be picked up between Dec. 10 and Dec. 13 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make checks payable to “Northeast horticulture.” For more information, call agricultural education teacher Lula Curry-Williams at 478-779-4153 or email

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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