WCHS virtual instruction program teacher Dianne Pepper has been named Warren County School’s Classified Employee of the Month, while school resource officer Billy Joe Crouch has been named Certified Employee of the Month.
Pepper was nominated by Dr. Courtney Bennett.
“In a continually changing landscape, teachers endure by adapting, improving, and overcoming challenges, all in an effort to encourage and inspire,” said Bennett. “It is this blend, the art of teaching, coupled with the science of learning, that we seek to encourage, foster, and celebrate our students.”
According to Bennett, Pepper has been an employee of Warren County Schools for the last 22 years.
“During this time, Ms. Pepper has become an integral part of our alternate education program,” said Bennett. “Ms. Pepper works with our students who have behavioral challenges and who are most at-risk educationally. Ms. Pepper has a natural ability to talk to our students and build solid working relationships as she frequently injects humor and empathy into her teaching.”
Crouch was nominated by Bobby Ray nurse Stacie Harris.
“Billy Joe is always very helpful at school,” said Harris. “At times, he has offered rewards to students if goals or behaviors are met. He assists at Pre-K dismissal and has even escorted students to waiting parents.”
Harris said Crouch is usually present to welcome students at school in the morning and participates in school functions even if it is not a requirement. He also spends time visiting with staff and getting to know them.
“If you ever need officer Crouch, he is always quick to respond and very helpful,” explained Harris. “I feel that the students and staff at Bobby Ray are all very thankful that we have officer Crouch here.”
The awards were given for October.