Could you take a couple of minutes, enjoy a video on Facebook, then cast a vote that supports one of Linton-Stockton Elementary School's outstanding professionals?
You may remember Angela Colliver as the counselor who brought her therapy dog to school each day. Colliver was recently honored with the Peabody Leaders in Education award. She is now in a position to receive first place in this district, but needs your support.
One third of the criteria is based on Facebook votes. Local residents may place their vote between May 15 and June 15. Simply go to www.facebook.com/PeabodyEnergyLeaders and fill in the space by her name. As a former co-worker and long time friend I would encourage everyone to support Colliver. She is a fine representative of our school and is a former Lilly grant recipient as well as an American Legion Teacher of the Year for our district in 2011.
If I were to attempt to compile a list of her accomplishments and achievements, it would cover a newspaper page. To simplify that task, I will list a few.
She has spent over 20 years counseling and educating students, parents, staff, and friends. She has spearheaded our school improvement agenda, diligently working to improve our children's education. This effort has required hours and hours of dedication. Like many educators, Colliver has donated much after school time to fulfill the needs of her job. With the help of generous community members, she was able to provide food, clothing, shoes, medical services, eye care, shoes, and counseling services to those in need.
I worked with Colliver as a family/student adviser. As a team we conducted home visits, interviews, and conferences. We accompanied students in need of mental health interventions to health care facilities, often arriving home in the late hours of the evening. During one home visit, she also crawled under a mobile home to rescue a mother dog and her puppies. I recorded that particular visit with my camera and will never forget
Over the last few years, the elementary's Christmas open house is arranged and hosted by volunteers, school staff, and Colliver. It is one of the most well attended school functions at the elementary level. Families are treated to Santa and his reindeer, warm fires, the Grinch, hot chocolate, candy canes, and family friendly holiday activities.
This is a small town with lots of heart. Let's take the time to vote and support one who epitomizes a giving, caring heart.
Tawni is a retired teacher who lives in Linton. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .