What a great night! I always love to recognize our teachers and others who served our community over the years.
I had the honor to recognize the Opelika City Schools Teachers of the Year.
Carver Primary - Tanishya McTyre, Principal-Joe Ross
Jeter Primary - Amber Fulford, Principal-David Carpenter
Southview Primary - Meagan Gamble, Principal-Mary Salmon (not pictured)
Northside Intermediate School - Kristen Massey, Principal-Cindy Poteet
West Forest Intermediate - Lakisha Smith (not pictured), Principal-Ryan McDonald
Opelika High School - Oneika Smith (not pictured), Principal-Farrell Seymore
OCS Elementary Teacher of the Year - Jessica Battle, Morris Avenue Intermediate, Principal-Nino Mason
OCS Secondary Teacher of the Year - Chad Cunningham, Opelika Middle School, Principal-Keith York
Also pictured: Superintendent Dr. Mark Neighbors and Dr. Pam Fourtenbary
I also recognized Sergeant Lucy Kirk for her years of service to the Opelika Police Department. Lucy was the first Black female police officer for the OPD, the first female to be awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary S404 certificate of appreciation and one of the first hostage negotiators in the Lee County area.
Full Proclamation of Appreciation for Lucy Kirk (PDF)
(L-R): Captain Tony Amerson, Lucy Kirk, Mayor Gary Fuller, Captain Kenneth Miller