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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Natalie Scott receives the Decatur High School Teacher of the Year Award from Steve Watkins during the May 21 teacher gathering in the cafeteria at the high school.

DECATUR -- With the sounding of the last bell marking the end of another school year, administrators, teachers, staff and volunteers gathered in the cafeteria at Decatur High School for one final get together before departing for summer vacation May 21.

But before the program began, Jackie Smith, with help from Robin Smith with Mountain Sno Shaved Ice, provided everybody with cookies and a snow cone as a way of saying thank you for another great school year.

After a short recap of the 2018-19 school year, Decatur superintendent Steve Watkins presented three teachers of the year, two classified staff of the year, and a special recognition award to six recipients.

The special recognition award was presented to Joyce Turnage, pre-K coordinator and teacher, for completing the National Board Certified Teachers program and becoming the fifth Decatur educator to hold this, the highest certification a teacher can achieve.

Gina Holt from Decatur Middle and High School, and Stacy Beats from Decatur Northside Elementary each received the Classified Staff of the Year Awards.

The gathering wrapped up with the presentation of the three Decatur Teacher of the Year Awards. The faculty of each school voted for the one person that went above and beyond to give their students the best education possible.

The Decatur High School Teacher of the Year went to Natalie Scott, with the Decatur Middle School Award going to Rachel Gibson. Leagha Smith was presented with the Decatur Northside Elementary Teacher of the Year Award.

Community on 06/12/2019

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