TC Achievement Award winners announced

TC Achievement Award graphic listing January 2022's award winners

Congratulations to January’s TC Achievement Award winners!

TJ Raikes, board member, poses with DJ Cox

D.J. Cox, substitute teacher for Taylor County Schools, was awarded the TC Partnership Award. Mr. Cox stepped up while a kindergarten teacher at the Taylor County Primary Center, was out for an extended period. He was praised for recognizing the students with Caught Being Kind awards, and when the class earned enough compliments on their good behavior to earn a compliment party, he took it upon himself to treat them to donuts and a movie. “I can tell that he really connected with my students during his time in my classroom because they get so excited when they see him in the hallway at TCPC,” said Mrs. Hall. “We all know that learning is relationship-centered, and it’s obvious that you formed great relationships with them. I just appreciate you taking such good care of them.”


TJ Raikes, board member, poses with Jon Hall

Jon Hall, food service director for Taylor County Schools, was awarded the TC Leadership Award. Mr. Hall took on his new role right before COVID-19 hit and handled the meal delivery and pick up process during the 20-21 school year. He has adapted to overcome every challenge the pandemic has thrown his way, including food shortage issues. “When you walk into the lunchroom, the climate, the atmosphere, it’s so happy,” said Mr. Higdon. “A lot of the time when you ask kids what the most important thing at school is, breakfast or lunch are in their top five, and I’ve been getting a lot of kids saying they like it.” He also noted that turnover for lunchroom staff has dropped dramatically, crediting Mr. Hall with creating a food service environment where employees do their best work because they feel appreciated.


Laura Benningfield, Maddie Gumm and DiAnne Harris pose with Lonnie Spurling

Lonnie Spurling, maintenance department employee for Taylor County Schools, was awarded the TC Cares Award. Mr. Spurling is best known throughout the district for being kind, dependable and a hard worker. He tackles every task thrown his way with a smile, so when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he was asked to manage the inventory of supplies needed to keep students and staff healthy. “He’s really stepped up to make sure we’re ordering supplies in a timely manner, since we’re trying to stay three or four months ahead on everything we order right now,” said Mr. Higdon. Mr. Spurling was nominated for this award by the central office staff because “there’s not a day that goes by where Lonnie doesn’t come in and see what he can do for somebody. He has the definition of a servant's heart.”

Congratulations to our TC Award winners! We appreciate you and everything you do for our district!

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