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Lawson consistently communicates with families thoughtfully with a practical plan for treatment and that she coordinates seamlessly with teachers to give students access to medical services , while minimizing instructional-time loss .
“ Missy is an exceptional , professional , role model for our students ,” wrote Osborne , noting how Lawson modeled the value of education by completing her bachelor ’ s degree and pursing her graduating degree while continuing to serve Whitley County students .
“ I am so proud to have Missy as part of our Colonel family here at WCHS ,” Osborne wrote . “ She far exceeded the expectations in the most challenging of circumstances .”
Larry Widener has been a member of the Whitley County School District ’ s family since before Superintendent John Siler can recall .
“ I ’ ve been in the district 22 years , and I can ’ t remember Larry not being there ,” Siler said after he and members of the Whitley County School Board honored Widener as their Above and Beyond recipient for November 2021 .
“ Larry goes above and beyond in so many ways ,” Siler said of the Whitley North Elementary custodian .
Siler said it wasn ’ t uncommon to see Widener out in front of the school in the early mornings helping students in and out of their vehicles , or for him to help load students onto buses in the evenings . And when it ’ s raining out , Siler said Widener could be seen doing the same , with an umbrella in hand , trying to keep students dry as he helped , exemplifying what it means to go above and beyond one ’ s job title .
While recognizing Widener in November ,
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Siler said there had been a period in which many members of Whitley North ’ s cafeteria staff had to call-in to work sick . He said Widener jumped in and immediately assisting where he could .
“ It would be so easy for a person to say , ‘ Man , the kitchen staff sure is struggling today ,’ but he doesn ’ t do that ,” Siler said of Widener . “ He jumps right in and helps and goes above and beyond .”
Because of his willingness to help in whatever way he can , Siler said Whitley North Principal Larry Brown had leaned on Widener for a lot of different things throughout the years .
“ We appreciate you ,” Siler said presenting Widener a plaque . “ I know Mr . Brown does ,” he added . “ And we want to thank you , Larry , for all the things that you do for the kids at Whitley North .”
“ Though several of his responsibilities and tasks are obvious , the seriousness and in-depth preparation that takes place is not so transparent ,” Whitley County School District Director of Transportation Bobby Blakley wrote of bus driver trainer Lloyd
Carter in a letter recommending Carter for August ’ s Above and Beyond award .
Carter was recognized by members of the Whitley County School Board in August 2021 for being named the recipient of that month ’ s Above and Beyond award , given to the district employee who exemplifies going above and beyond the duties of their job .
As the district ’ s bus driver trainer , Superintendent John Siler said Carter was responsible for helping train 60 drivers who drive approximately 3,000 miles a day around the county picking up and dropping off Whitley County students . For example , Carter teaches drivers how to perform general inspections of the district ’ s buses before they take off on their trips .
“ Techniques are taught from not only the legal side of operating a bus , but Lloyd also shares his personal experiences to help them to become more efficient , not only for bus operations , but also managing students during the ride , loading and unloading of students ,” Blakley wrote .
Blakley said Carter also helps ensure those 60 drivers keep their certifications and trainings which allow them to transport students .
“ Lloyd is an asset to his colleagues and this department ,” wrote Blakley . “ To my knowledge , he ’ s never refused helping anyone with a request . He demonstrates positive and uplifting behaviors , setting a great example of what a team player means . He ’ s a dedicated employee and I am proud nominate him for the Above and Beyond Award .”
School Cafeteria Manager Vickie Reeves was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the students of Whitley Central Intermediate during a Whitley County School Board meeting in February 2021 , in which she was honored as the recipient of that month ’ s Above and B e y o n d Award .
In presenting the award to Reeves , Superintendent John Siler said he had received an email from Whitley Central Intermediate School Principal Susan Brashear praising Reeves and her staff and recommending Reeves for the award .
In her email , Brashear said Reeves and her