Bobby Ray Elementary first-grade teacher Tamra Newby and Warren County Middle School teacher assistant Donna Eschenbacher have been named 2012-13 certified and classified employees of the year, respectively, by the Warren County School System.
The two were presented certificates by School Board chairman Bill Zechman to recognize their accomplishments.
Bobby Ray Elementary principal Beverly Ramsey described Newby as a dynamic teacher with boundless energy in her letter to the Board of Education.
“Her positive attitude and spirit of teamwork are an inspiration to the entire staff.” Ramsey said. “She is a valuable asset to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary and the Warren County School system. Her work and dedication to her students are exemplary. Her top priority is making sure each student in her room reaches their potential.”
Ramsey said Newby takes on additional responsibilities, trainings and leadership activities within the system and at Bobby Ray.
“She served on the textbook adoption committee,” said Ramsey. “She completed TTU’s STEM Program for training teachers to teach math. Most recently, she attended the K-2 Math Common Core Train the Trainer sessions.”
Newby was married to the late Rusty Newby. She is the mother of three children, Jacob, a 2013 graduate of Warren County High School, Jessie, an upcoming senior at WCHS and Jenna, who will be in second grade.
WCMS principal Gerald Tidwell said Eschenbacher is “eager to help students succeed and will spend any amount of time required to help them do so.”
Eschenbacher has been a teacher assistant at WCMS for the past 10 years. Tidwell said, “Up until this school year she served as an assistant in our special education department. Mrs. Eschenbacher is a hands-on teacher assistant who often works with students in the same capacity as a regular classroom teacher. This year Mrs. Eschenbacher has taken on a new role as a ‘lifeguard’ of our ICU program. This is a new school-wide initiative designed to assist those students who need extra time and extra assistance to complete their assignments.”
Tidwell said as the lifeguard of the ICU program, Eschenbacher makes sure parents are alerted through texts and emails when their child has been assigned to the ICU lab for lack of completed assignments.
“Through the efforts of Mrs. Eschenbacher, we are able to better communicate with parents concerning their child’s progress at school as well as provide additional remedial opportunities for our students to succeed in school,” said Tidwell.
Eschenbacher is married to Bob Eschenbacher. She has three children, Christy, a recreational director of morale, recreation and welfare with the U.S. Navy stationed in Sicily, Italy, Victoria, a sophomore at Tennessee Tech, and Robert, a 2013 graduate of WCHS.