PARKERSBURG -The Wood County Board of Education today will recognize outstanding service and professional employees.
Judy Winans, a chemistry teacher at Parkersburg High, will be highlighted as the Wood County teacher of the year. Debra Jones, a bus operator, will be honored as the county's service personnel employee of the year.
The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the central office boardroom.
Winans has been teaching at PHS for about two decades, according to Principal Pam Goots.
"She's phenomenal," said Goots.
In addition to being at school Goots said Winans teaches chemistry to homebound students and makes house calls to others.
"If a kid quits coming to school, Judy will find out where they work and show up. She's an excellent teacher," Goots said. "Whatever works for those kids, Judy will be there for them."
Goots' favorite story involving Winans was meeting with a student regarding poor grades.
"The kid is in front of me and almost all his grades are Ds and Fs and he's telling me he doesn't do the work," Goots recalled. "I said, 'You have a B in chemistry.' 'I do my work in there, the student replied. 'she doesn't let you not do your work.'"
"She hunts them down and holds them accountable," Goots said of Winans. "She will be there after school if that's what it takes."
At its last regular meeting school board members inquired about doing more to recognize employees.
"I'm all for it," said assistant superintendent Mike Fling. "We need to do more of it. We don't do enough."
In addition to the annual awards, Superintendent Pat Law will recognize school officials from Hamilton Middle School. Employees Rob Davis, Doug Haymaker, Randy Holbert and Angie Caplinger will be recognized by officials for "going above and beyond."
Law said the employees came out on their own accord to paint a lockerroom.