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District celebrates service with awards

Princeton Independent School District celebrated the end of the 2021-2022 school year by recognizing teachers and their service to PISD during a special luncheon recently.

Before recognizing long-term employees and the district’s Teachers of the Year, Superintendent Donald McIntyre first addressed the teachers by leading the staff in a moment of silence for two beloved staff members who passed away this school year.

“Jean Lovelady was part of the PISD family for 27 years,” Mr. McIntyre said. “Her love for others was truly apparent in everything she did, and she will be missed dearly. Maurice Hill was a staple in Princeton athletics for the last nine years. He was a shining example of integrity and compassion for others.”

Following the moment of silence, Mr. McIntyre and his administrators presented service pins to employees completing 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 45 years with the district.

Lacy elementary dyslexia specialist Marcella Green earned a 45-year service pin.

Godwin 2nd-grade teacher Leah Meuir was honored for 25 years of service.

Receiving 20-year service pins were: Thomas Osburn and Sharon Rose, Clark; Amy Bowman, Southard; Holly Osborne, administration; Jim Staley, auxiliary services; Estelle Paquin, Canup; Sonia Spurgers, Lacy; and Jeff Coburn and Cindy Heller, Lowe.

Receiving 15-year service pins were: Kristin Perkins, administration; Carmen McBroom, transportation; Luz Loya and Ramon Loya, auxiliary services; Jennifer Coburn, Harper; Lyndee Shipp, Lacy; Deanna Day and Shannon Hughes, Smith; and Tiffany Petersen, administration.

Receiving 10-year service pins were: Carolyn Becker and Tina Record, Clark; Robyn May, Heather Stringer, Karen Wallace and Kayla Walling, PHS; Jody Gerber, instructional coach; Casey Gunnels and Diana Guinn, administration; Laura Hutcheson, Julie Moorman and Barbara Wirths, Harper; Melissa Marrufo, Lowe; Kim Guthrie and Jessica McGee, Smith; and Francina Flatt and Michelle Smith, auxiliary services.

Retiring from Princeton ISD this year are: Karen Wilson (27 years), Joell Morris (26 years), Thomas Osburn (20 years), Jerry Riley (19 years), Shannon Hughes (15 years), Maitee Helms (14 years), Alfredo Loera (13 years), Billy Hughes (11 years), Anna Johnson (six years), Renae Whitaker (four years) and Jamie Sutherland (one year).

This year's Pride Corps inductees were also recognized, including secondary teachers Neal Tull (PHS), Rachella Fannin (Lovelady), Justin Tollison (Clark) and Corrie Reigle (Southard); and elementary teachers Jennifer Zschau (Smith), Kristen Blaede (Lowe), Mary Reynolds (Lacy), Jessica Brown (Godwin), Miranda Garlington (Harper) and Hannah Patty (Canup).

From this group of honorees, Corrie Reigle was chosen as the secondary Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Zschau was selected as elementary Teacher of the Year.