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Clayton school employees honored

Dozens of employees were recognized during Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 “An Evening with the Stars” celebration Thursday. The honorees included district winners for Support Professionals of the Year (school-based and central office), Principal of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Counselor of the Year. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Dozens of employees were recognized during Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 “An Evening with the Stars” celebration Thursday. The honorees included district winners for Support Professionals of the Year (school-based and central office), Principal of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Counselor of the Year. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Marcus Jackson, principal at Kendrick Middle, and Monika Wiley, the district’s fine arts director, hosted Thursdays employee recognition ceremony held at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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School-level teachers of the year were honored Thursday, during Clayton County Public Schools annual employee recognition ceremony. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Clayton County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Patsy Hart of Morrow Elementary, front, was among the honored guests at the annual faculty and staff recognition ceremony on Thursday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Members of the Mundy’s Mill High JROTC color guard present the colors to kick off Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 Employees of the Year ceremony. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Superintendent Luvenia Jackson addresses the dozens of faculty and staff honorees on Thursday during the “An Evening With the Stars” celebration. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson played to a robust crowd Thursday in honor of the district’s top educators and employees, who were seated on stage. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Mt. Zion High Choral Director Brandon Cash sings ‘Hero’ with piano accompaniment by the Fine Arts Magnet High Choral Director Dr. Kay Pace, during a school employees recognition ceremony Thursday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools honored some of its best Thursday in the district’s annual employee recognition ceremony.

Among of them were the best of the best including the countywide Teacher of the Year, Patsy Hart of Morrow Elementary.

Also honored were the district’s School-based Support Professional of the Year, Retha Powell of Pointe South Middle, and Central Office Support Professional of the Year, Danny Beckv in the professional learning department.

Terry Young of Perry Learning Center was honored as the district’s Principal of the Year, and Tammy Murphy of Rex Middle was recognized as Counselor of the Year.

Dozens more were honored for their work and positive influences at the school and central office level, and Superintendent Luvenia Jackson made a point of calling them leaders students depend upon to be successful in the classroom.

“Let us not forget that as outstanding employees, you have the awesome responsibility to mold the future of our district each day,” Jackson said.

The ceremony also included a song performed by Mt. Zion High Choral Director Brandon Cash, with piano accompaniment by the Fine Arts Magnet High Choral Director Kay Pace.

Guests saw video presentations from the Support Professionals of the Year, Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

The Drew High Culinary Arts Department provided reception service following Thursday’s program.