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GRTS Staff Honored in 2017 by Chillicothe Education Foundation
Updated 12/10/17
by Catherine Stortz Ripley 12/10/17 C-T

The Chillicothe Education Foundation awarded the 2017 Teacher of the Year and Beacon of the Year awards during a ceremony Friday at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center.


Teacher of the Year nominees pictured with Ed Douglas (back left), president of the Chillicothe Education Foundation, and Dr. Roger Barnes (back right), superintendent of schools, are from left: Katherine Gibson (Garrison Preschool and Transition to Life Center), Anthony Hinnen (Grand River Technical School), Kathy DeBoer (CMS), Dr. Jill Watkins (CHS), Brandi Ellis (Field School), Will Ford (Central Elementary School), Anne McKiddy (Dewey Elementary School). C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley


Beacon of the Year nominees pictured with Ed Douglas (back left) president of the Chillicothe Education Foundation, and Dr. Roger Barnes (back right), superintendent of schools, are from left: Lisa Wilson (CHS), Sue Bachman (Garrison Preschool & Transition to Life Center), Richard Gibson (Field Elementary), Heidi May (Central Elementary), Rick McCully (Dewey Elementary), Robin Morales (CMS), Lisa BeVelle (GRTS), C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Chillicothe Education Foundation awarded the 2017 Teacher of the Year and Beacon of the Year awards during a ceremony Friday at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. In all, the foundation presented a combined $12,400 to the award recipients and nominees. The foundation was formed in 1992 to encourage the highest educational standards in the Chillicothe public schools and to increase community pride in those schools, according to Ed Douglas, foundation president. "Established to provide financial support for enrichment programs and activities where needs are determined, the foundation receives and administers gifts and bequests which benefit education within the school system," Douglas stated. This year marks the 26th year the Chillicothe School District has recognized excellence in the classroom by naming a Teacher of the Year. Through the support, a total of $11,500 was awarded to seven Chillicothe educators. The educators were selected by their colleagues as individuals dedicated to excellence in education, their profession, classroom and the district's students, according to Dr. Roger Barnes, superintendent of Chillicothe R-2 Schools. Charles Epps was the first winner of the award. Last year's recipient was Pam Miller. Each school nominated one instructor for the Teacher of the Year Award. Those nominations were: Katherine Gibson (Garrison Preschool and Transition to Life Center), Anne McKiddy (Dewey Elementary), Brandi Ellis (Field Elementary), Will Ford (Central Elementary), Kathy DeBoer (middle school), Dr. Jill Watkins (high school), Anthony Hinnen (Grand River Technical School). This year's award winner was Anne McKiddy. McKiddy teaches kindergarten and first grade Title I Reading and Reading Recovery. She has taught 24 years, nine years with the Chillicothe R-2 School District. As this year's Teacher of the Year, McKiddy received $1,500 cash and $1,000 for educational items. All other nominees received $500 cash and $1,000 for education supplies, equipment, or professional development. 

The Beacon of the Year Award was created in 2007 to honor the non-teaching staff throughout the district. The Beacons are individuals who make the district and profession look and be its best every day, Barnes stated. "The seven Beacon Award candidates are recognized because of their support and dedication for our district, teachers, and most importantly, our students," Barnes stated. Gary Eide was the first recipient of the award. Last year's recipient was Kathy Midgyett. Each school nominated one staff member for the Beacon of the Year Award. Those nominees were: Sue Bachman (Garrison and Transition to Life Center), Rick McCully (Dewey Elementary), Richard Gibson (Field Elementary), Heidi May (Central Elementary), Robin Morales (middle school), Lisa Wilson (high school), and Lisa BeVelle (Grand River Technical School). This year's award winner was Lisa BeVelle. BeVelle has worked for the Chillicothe R-2 School District for 19 years, with all years as an administrative assistant at Grand River Technical School. As this year's Beacon of the Year, BeVelle received $300 cash. All other nominees received $100 cash. Service pins were also awarded during Friday's ceremony.

Congratulations to our very own GRTS staff - nominee for Teacher of the Year,
Anthony Hinnen, and Beacon of the Year nominee and winner, Lisa BeVelle!

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Friday, 11/24/17 C-T - Chillicothe R-2 building administrators announced the nominees selected from their buildings for the Teacher of the Year and Beacon Award during the school district's monthly board meeting Tuesday evening at the district headquarters. The educator selected as Teacher of the Year will receive $1,000 cash, and the nominees will receive a smaller cash award. The school support staff member chosen for the Beacon Award will be presented $300. Award nominees will receive $100 apiece. Funding for the awards - which amounts to approximately $12,000 - comes from the Chillicothe Education Foundation.

Teacher of the Year nominees are: Anthony Hinnen (Grand River Technical School), Dr. Jill Watkins (Chillicothe High School), Kathy DeBoer (Chillicothe Middle School), Will Ford (Central), Brandi Ellis (Field), Ann McKiddy (Dewey), Kathryn Gibson (Garrison/TLC).

Beacon Award nominees: Lisa Bevelle (Grand River Technical School), Lisa Wilson (Chillicothe High School), Robin Morales (Chillicothe Middle School, Heidi May (Central), Richard Gibson (Field), Rick McCully (Dewey), Sue Bachman (Garrison and TLC).

Recipients of the awards will be announced during a the district's annual ceremony in early December at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. The Teacher of the Year will be selected following an application process and interview of the nominees by a panel of area school superintendents. The Beacon Award recipient will be determined following an application process and review by three superintendents in northwest Missouri.

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