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Bell, Newby, Brock honored by schools
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Warren County Schools Certified Employees of the Month are Sadie Newby, left, and Lisa Bell, right. These Bobby Ray employees were nominated by principal Monti Hillis, center. - photo by Lacy Garrison
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Jill Brock, left, was honored as Classified Employee of the Month. The award was presented by Sonja Walker, director of health services. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Bobby Ray Elementary math interventionist Lisa Bell and librarian Sadie Newby have both been named Warren County School’s Certified Employees of the Month, while WCHS nurse Jill Brock has been named Classified Employee of the Month.

Brock was presented with the Classified Employee of the Month Award by Sonja Walker, director of health services. 

“Jill has worked for the Warren County School System 20 years and in those 20 years, Jill has touched so many lives as a school nurse,” said Walker. “She has anonymously given money and donated her time outside of work to help multiple families. Jill never complains. She is dependable and goes above and beyond.”

Walker went on explaining the difficult nature of Brock’s job as a nurse at the high school.

“I can’t say enough about Jill’s dedication to her job,” said Walker. “Over the last 15 years, Jill has been the nurse at WCHS and cared for approximately 1,800 students and 200 staff. Being responsible for so many and being the only healthcare person can be overwhelming, but Jill manages without difficulty and always does it with a smile. She is so deserving of this award and I am proud to nominate her.”

Bell and Newby were nominated by Bobby Ray principal Monti Hillis.

“Mrs. Bell works tirelessly as our math interventionist,” said Hillis to the School Board. “Her expertise in analyzing data and student growth drives our school’s progress. She acts as a leader by chairing our Back to School Carnival that funds our positive behavior program. She’s a member of our Leadership Team and serves as a teacher evaluator sharing her years of experience and success.”

Hillis also shared how Bell was instrumental in developing their morning announcements into a daily news broadcast.

“Student reporters lead our school in morning announcements, the pledge and our moment of silence,” said Hillis. “She has been vital in the technical aspect of this program and has now served as a model to other schools hoping to implement this in their schools. She’s a valued employee and greatly deserves this recognition.”

Newby, too, was presented with the Certified Employee of the Month award by Hillis for being a vital member of their school family. 

“She has chaired our fall festival, literacy fairs and hosted book fairs,” said Hillis. “She sponsors a group of third- to fifth-grade students who act as library helpers. She is a member of our leadership team and contributes to our overall reading progress.”

According to Hillis, Newby has also played a major role in developing and implementing their daily newscast of the morning announcements.

Added Hillis, “Mrs. Newby coordinates a group of fifth-grade students who act as reporters. This changes daily and requires a sacrifice of her time in addition to her normal duties. We are so appreciative of the wonderful job she does every day helping our school and students grow.” 

The awards were given for January.