‘Exceptional’ educators honored in Houston County

March 26, 2014 

From left, Kathy Shiplett, Amy Lauritson, Jinger Quimby and Ken Cavanaugh were some of those honored March 13 by the Houston County Council for Exceptional Children.


As part of the celebration of Exceptional Children’s Week, the Ellen Maltais chapter of Houston County Council for Exceptional Children held its annual awards ceremony March 13 at the Houston County Board of Education annex.

This is the third year the organization has given out awards to those who work with exceptional children, defined as children who receive special education instruction or are served through the gifted and talented program.

Organizers said the awards were a way to recognize those who make exceptional contributions to the exceptional children in Houston County.

Awards were given in several categories. Those recognized were:

SUPPORT PERSONNEL: Kathy Shiplett, head nurse for Houston County schools;

GENERAL EDUCATOR: Amy Lauritson, who teaches second grade at Matt Arthur Elementary School;

GENERAL EDUCATOR: Ken Cavanaugh, a social studies teacher at Houston County High School;

GENERAL EDUCATOR: Bridget Howard, Lake Joy Primary School media specialist;

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SPECIAL EDUCATOR: Jinger Quimby, who is the itinerant autism teacher for Houston County schools;

HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATOR: Christy Jones, the orthopedic impaired teacher for Houston County schools;

ADMINISTRATOR: Michelle Masters, principal of Houston County High; and

BUSINESS: Publix on Watson Boulevard/U.S. 41.

The event also included a special award that was presented to outgoing Superintendent Robin Hines.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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