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Staff End-of-Year Celebration

Staff End-of-Year Celebration

As the 2023-2024 school year came to a close, MVCSC hosted an End-of-the-Year Celebration for Mt. Vernon staff and their achievements. The event took place at Mt. Vernon High School on Friday, May 24. There are many outstanding staff members at Mt. Vernon and several were recognized for their achievements, years of service and hard work.

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The celebration began with a breakfast in the MVHS cafeteria, followed by a recognition ceremony in the auditorium. Superintendent Dr. Jack Parker gave a warm welcome to attendees before the school board was introduced. The Board of Trustees then recognized staff members for their 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, and 35 years of service at Mt. Vernon schools. 

Staff who achieved a professional growth accolade this year were also recognized with Outstanding Career Achievement Awards. The initiative behind the award was aimed at supporting staff who actively seek professional development opportunities and celebrating their achievements.

The Teacher of the Year and Staff of the Year awards were presented by Dr. Scott Shipley. These building and district winners were also recognized at the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation Gala in early April. Read more about the winners HERE

Finally, this year’s MV retirees were recognized. In order to receive retirement designation, a staff member must be 55 years of age or older and have worked a minimum of ten years (at least 120 days each) in the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation.

Here is a list of all staff members who received recognition at the event:

2023-2024Retirees

Retirees (Years with MV)
Phil Deardorf (27 years - Teacher at Mt. Vernon High School)
Laurie Gwaltney (28 years - Teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School)
Dwayne Jones (18 years - Transportation)
Jill Schuyler (17 years - Teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School)
Jenny Stoner (23.5 years - Food Service at Fortville Elementary)

Teacher & Staff of the Year Nominees & Winners
Building Winners for Teacher of the Year: Kelsey Rusk (FES), Abby Kern (MES), Liz Jenkins (MCE), Laura Hannah (MVHS), Michelle Dunahee (MVMS) and Krista Weber (Multiple buildings/Administration/Preschool)
District Winner: Kelsey Rusk (FES)

Building Winners for Staff of the Year: Beth Thomas (FES), Trudy Cole (MES), Tonya Brown (MCE), Kelly Fleming (MVHS), Cathay Womack (MVMS) and Tori Wisker (Administration/Preschool)
District Winner: Tonya Brown (MCE)

2023-2024 Outstanding Achievements

Outstanding Career Achievements
Jessica Buell - High Ability License
Jeff Crague - The David M. Rubenstein Master Teacher for Middle School at the White House Historical Association


Caitlin Crecelius - Master of Science in Education: Counseling and Counselor Education
Kyra Davis - Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
Suzanne Digby - Added Intense Intervention to Special Education License through the ASSET Program
Jordan Gerbsch - Master’s in School Counseling
Troy Guthrie - Master of Arts in Teaching United States History
Seth Hamilton - Completion of CTO2B Mentoring Program 
Brandon Hayes - MVCSC Tech Team Member of the Year
Teresa Heckman - Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
Corrie Herron- High Ability License
Ryan Kern - Recipient of  the "Together We Illuminate Futures" Grant from the Mt Vernon Education Foundation
Amy Lovell- Elementary STEM Certification -
Kris Maynard - International Aviation & Aeronautics Award - THE PAUL TISSANDIER DIPLOMA
Wendy Mayo - Added Intense Intervention to Special Education License through the ASSET Program
Amy McCleery - Indiana Teacher of English Learners License
Kristi Norton - Elementary STEM Certification
Renee Oldham - CEFL Certified Education Foundation Leader
Renee Oldham - Bill and Linda Hoffman Education in Leadership Award
Renee Oldham - Hancock County Working Women of the Year Award
Nancy Price - Library Media Endorsement
Jennifer Pummill - Special Education PK-12 Mild to Moderate
Amy Reeves - Received a two-book deal from Canary Street Press. The first book, THE VICTORIA PROJECT, to be published in 2025
Dr. Scott Shipley - MVEF Impact Legacy Grant
Lisa Terrell - Master's in English, Certification to Teach Dual Credit English courses
Noelle Truex - High Ability License
Stacy Webber - One of ten finalists by The Reading League Indiana for the Science of Reading Champion Award
Alyson Zelencik - Hoosier Heritage Conference Spell Bowl Coach of the Year
Meghan Britt - Indiana School Board Association Exemplary Governance Award
Kellie Freeman - Indiana School Board Association Exemplary Governance Award

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Phil Edwards - Indiana School Board Association Exemplary Governance Award
Chad Gray - Indiana School Board Association Exemplary Governance Award
Shannon Walls - Indiana School Board Association Exemplary Governance Award

 

Years of Service Awards


35 YEARS
DEAN FALKENBERG

30 YEARS
ELIZABETH MOAN
SHANA WOLFENBERGER

25 YEARS
TAMBRA BAUCHERT
ELIZABETH CHAPLIN
TERESA LIMBACH
AMY LOVELL
KITTIE MASTERS

20 YEARS
LAUREN BREWER        LISA DECKER                  STEPHANIE EVANS
AMANDA HILL             LISA PLUCKEBAUM      KAREN RIESTERER
SCOTT SHIPLEY           DANIELLE STINDLE       MARY WADE
GARRIE WOODS          ALYSON ZELENCIK        CALEB ZELENCIK

15 YEARS
KELLY BROWN
NANCY FENTZ
ANGELA GRIFFIN
LAURA LYONS

10 YEARS
JOSEPH ANDERSON        EMILY ARNOLD                LEAH BARROW
RYAN CARR                       KYRA DAVIS                      MARGARITA DWYER
BRIAN EVANS                   MICHAEL FRIEDMAN      KRISTIN GRAY
CORRIE HERRON             SHERRIE HUGHES            SHONA KELLY
VERA KIMMEL                  PATRICIA LORSUNG       PATRICIA MCNEELY
CHRISTI O'CONNOR       MICHELLE PERR               ROBERT ROBINSON
DEREK SUMPTER             TRACY TOLLIVER             JENNIFER TUCKER
STEVEN WHEELER

5 YEARS
JEFFREY BRANDES       JESSICA BUELL                ROSE DOWDEN
GREGORY ELKINS          MELISSA ELLERMAN      MARISSA ELLSWORTH
ANITA ERKMANIS          DENISE FLOYD                  FRANKLIN FOLAND
HALEY FRISCHKORN    TESSA GLOBERGER        JOANA-MARIE GOFF
CARLA HAMMETT          TRACEY HUDSON            PATRICIA HUNT
JAY JONES                       HEIDI KENSINGER            MATTHEW LACY
BRITTANY LENK             JENNIFER LENTZ              KRISTAN MAYNARD
JACK PARKER                 ASHLEY RIDENOUR         JOSHUA SANCHEZ
ANYA STOVER                COURTNEY STROUP        CYNTHIA THOMPSON
BRITTANY WEBBER