TC Achievement Award recipients announced for May

May 2022 TC Achievement Award Winners

Congratulations to the TC Achievement Award Winners for the month of May! They were recognized at the board meeting on Monday, May 9th.

Kathryn Goode poses with Deanna Hunt

Kathryn Goode, English Teacher at Taylor County High School, is the recipient of the TC Pride Award. Mrs. Goode graduated from TCHS in 2012 and in 2017 she came back and started teaching English. During her first year at TCHS, she started the Taylor County High School Mock Trial Team. For the last 5 years, Kathryn has gotten case materials, held auditions, and spent the year helping prepare the team for their competition in the Spring. While the program is excellent for students who are interested in pursuing law in the future, it is also a great opportunity for all students to develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

The TCHS Mock Trial team has been very successful in the last five years. Throughout the years, we have had multiple students earn the award of Outstanding Attorney for the team and placed in the Top 10 Attorneys in the State, as well as Outstanding Witness and placed in the Top 10 Witnesses in the State.

This year the Mock Trial team had two teams compete at the Regional Competition. Both teams placed in the Top 8, sending them to the State Competition. This amazing accomplishment was a program first!

According to her nominee, “Kathryn Goode has excelled in coaching the mock trial team for the last five years. She has spent countless hours preparing students for their competitions, teaching them about the law and cases, developing their critical thinking skills, and growing their public speaking skills. I believe that Kathryn Goode embodies TC Pride and that she is extremely deserving of this award. Below are some statements from current members of the TCHS Mock Trial team:

"Mrs. G is not only one of the greatest teachers I've ever had, but one of the greatest people I've ever met. She planted a seed my 8th grade year that has grown into an appreciation for reading I never thought I would have. She supports me always, cares like no other, and loves me like her own. No words can describe the impact she has had on my life and so many others."

"Mrs. G makes everything fun; whether that be in the classroom or the courtroom. Her main goal is for us to learn and to have fun doing it. She pushes us all to reach our dreams. She cares about each and every one of us. She is what a teacher and coach are supposed to be. Mrs. G has changed all of our lives and is one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Mrs. G has impacted all of us more than she could ever know, and for that, I will forever be thankful. Every school needs a Mrs. Goode, and we got so lucky to have her as our own."

"Mrs. Goode helped me find love for writing and poetry, and encourages me to be the best in everything I do. She is one of the most impactful teachers I've ever had both academically as well as personally."

"She is always there for anyone, no matter what."

"Mrs. Goode shows that she cares and understands throughout everything and for everyone."

"She has selflessly put so much time and effort into the mock trial team. Being asked to do mock trial is one of the best things that has happened to me, and none of it would be possible without her."

"Mrs. Goode cares about her students in a way that impacts every single person who walks into her classroom. She wants people to love what they are doing."

Ann Mattingly poses with Deanna Hunt

Ann Mattingly, Family Resource Center Director at Taylor County Primary Center and Taylor County Intermediate School, is the recipient of the TC Cares Award.

According to her nominees, Mrs. Mattingly stepped up to the plate (and beyond) during Covid. Then when things finally started to settle down with Covid, our community was hit by two tornados and she stepped up again to support our students and their families. She was able to obtain resources to not only give families necessities and items that were damaged in their homes but made sure each student would have a very Merry Christmas, too.

She is a pillar of strength and comfort for our families and students. She is also a safe haven for many students. She is a tremendous leader within our district!

Vicky Newton poses with Deanna Hunt

Vicky Newton, a retired school teacher from Taylor County Schools, is the recipient of the TC Leadership Award. Even though she is retired, she continues to make an impact in the lives of students. She works as a certified substitute teacher in various roles; however, most notably she goes above and beyond in credit recovery and working with our TC Distant Learners.

She is the epitome of our mission statement - “we set high expectations and work together to help ALL students succeed.” She helps students achieve their dream and goal of getting a diploma.

Congratulations to our winners! They are pictured with Taylor County Board Vice-Chairperson, Mrs. Deanna Hunt.

The categories for the TC Achievement Award include TC Leadership (Leadership, Innovation, Team Leader, Project Leader), TC Cares (Service, Kindness, Giving of Time and Talents, Philanthropy), TC Pride (Achievement in the Classroom and Extracurriculars, Teamwork, Work Ethic), and TC Partnership (Community Partnerships, Parent Involvement).

The district encourages all of our students, staff, and parents to nominate those people who are making a difference within our district. Nomination forms can be found on the district webpage and all four school webpages under Quick Links - TC Achievement Award Nomination.





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