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School system recognizes outstanding employees
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Warren County Schools Classified Employee of the Month is technology assistant Josh Oaks, who was nominated by reading interventionist Valerie Tidwell. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Technology assistant Josh Oaks has been named Warren County Schools' Classified Employee of the Month.

Oaks was nominated by Morrison Elementary reading interventionist Valerie Tidwell.

“As a READ 180 teacher, my students rely heavily on technology to utilize the program with fidelity,” said Tidwell. “Josh is quick to arrive and problem-solve when things don’t work as they should.”

Continued Tidwell, “I truly appreciate his quiet demeanor when he is trying to fix an issue while I am working with students. His willingness to help, friendly disposition, and considerable tech knowledge make him an asset to the Warren County School District.”

Additionally, Director of Schools Bobby Cox explained that every year those nominated for Employee of the Month go into a pool for Employee of the Year. Each employee chosen receives $100. This year, Classified Employee of the Year goes to JoShell Simmons, while Certified Employee of the Year goes to Duane Farnham.

Simmons was originally recognized last month for going above and beyond for her Morrison Elementary students as a pre-K teacher assistant while WCHS music teacher Duane Farnham received recognition for his teaching abilities in December.

Both Simmons and Farnham were recommended for the honor by people outside of the school system – a parent and a student – which made the nominations even more special.

“Mrs. JoShell greets us every morning with a smile on her face, “said parent Courtney Rutherford. “She loves the kids and has been the rock at Morrison pre-K. We appreciate everything she has done for us.”

Farnham was nominated by WCHS student Cesar Lopez.

“He is the best teacher anybody could ask for,” said Lopez. “He is one of the only teachers the band kids can go to and is the reason we are one of the best bands out there. He gives us the determination, integrity and gives us a reason to want to perform. He is the best person you will ever meet.”

The awards were given for July.