Rome City Schools announces the Support Staff of the Year as well as the runner-up and winner of the Teacher of the Year.
Named Support Staff of the Year was Dr. Scott McClure, a Para-Professional for Elm Street Elementary. “I’ve experienced a lot of great moments in my life and this one is near the top,” said McClure after thanking his family and co-workers. “I am honored and I will not take this award lightly.”
Runner-up for Teacher of the Year, Hillary Oliver, teaches first grade at West End Elementary. “My husband and I chose Rome because of the education we provide to our students. So, just being a part of a school system like Rome City is an honor,” she said. “I tell my family all the time that I am so blessed to have them and I thank them for being a part of my rock star life.”
And finally, after a dinner provided by Rome Middle School, it was time for the announcement of Teacher of the Year: Becky Kemnitz. She teaches third grade at Anna K. Davie and she is also a tennis coach at Rome High School. She gave the audience the source of her motivation: “I became a teacher to change kids, but being a teacher has changed me.”
Kemnitz went on to tell the story of a chance meeting with a former student while ordering food. She said that the young lady in the drive-through remembered having her as a teacher. The student, handing food through the window, was now an adult and she wanted to let Kemnitz how much she appreciated the time spent working to change the lives of kids.