Teachers receive warm welcome at convocation

New Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston joins students from the county high schools with his trumpet during the opening of the divsion's convocation on Friday at Central High School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County School Board Chairwoman Karen Whetzel welcomed teachers back for the 2016-17 school year and thanked them for their commitment to providing the best education possible to Shenandoah County students during the district’s convocation on Friday.

“We have great schools,” she said. “There is no greater calling than to dedicate ourselves to the well-being, safety, growth and development of our children so they can become successful, productive, global citizens,” Whetzel said.

Mark Johnston, superintendent of Shenandoah County Public Schools, effective Sept. 1, told teachers to take pride in their work, adapt to change and have fun this next school year.

“I know what a difference you make in the lives of our students,” he said.

Linda Hodges, supervisor of human resources, recognized the employees of the year for their hard work during the last school year.

Students from Central and Stonewall Jackson high schools flood the Central HIgh School gymnasium during the school's convocation ceremony Friday at Central High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

“Shenandoah County Public Schools is successful because of the contributions of all of our employees,” she said. “Together we are making a positive difference in the lives of our students.”

Meredith Bauserman, a chemistry, ecology and environmental science teacher at Central High School, and Shenandoah County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, said her success is due to the assistance of many other teachers in the past and present.

“Each of you have inspired me and my teaching in some way,” she told the division’s teachers.

Cynthia Walsh, School Board member and member of the Shenandoah Education Foundation, presented Bauserman with a $2,500 check for her hard work and dedication.

In between speeches, school bands, cheerleaders, mascots and color guards revved the crowd up with music, chants and dancing.

Shenandoah County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Meredith Bauserman speaks during the ceremony. Rich Cooley/Daily

A group of students used humor and jokes to thank the teachers in attendance for their dedication, explaining that the students hear what they say and take their advice to heart.

School starts Sept. 6 for Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

Superintendent Mark Johnston speaks to school staff during the ceremony. Rich Cooley/Daily