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WCPS Recognizes 2018-2019 Retirees
WCPS Retirement Ceremony
After many years of dedicated service to Wayne County Public Schools, approximately 75 retiring employees were recognized at the district’s 2018-2019 Retirement Ceremony, held at the Goldsboro Event Center.

“Every Wayne County Public Schools’ employee, regardless of role, has a valuable role in helping ensure our schools meet student needs on a daily basis,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. “This annual recognition event allows our school district to honor retiring employees for their dedicated service to our schools and collective contributions to North Carolina public education.”

As part of the ceremony, Dr. Mason thanked the retirees for their hard work and commitment to education, and wished them well in their retirement. As a final token of appreciation, each retiree was presented a plaque by WCPS superintendent, Dr. Michael Dunsmore, for their faithful service to the district.

ADams & Dunsmore
The first retiree recognized was Tasha Christian Adams, principal of Edgewood Community Developmental School.

“Mrs. Adams has dedicated her education career to helping equip regular and special needs students with the tools to be successful both in the classroom and in life,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent. “We wish her the very best in her upcoming retirement.”

Mrs. Christian Adams is a Wayne County native, but began her education career in 1989 with Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools. Mrs. Christian Adams taught regular education (Grades 3-8) and special education students in grades K-12 for 12 years. Mrs. Christian Adams returned home to Wayne County in 2001, where she served as an EC Resource teacher at Fremont Stars Elementary and later Norwayne Middle School. In 2002, Mrs. Christian Adams transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal at Brogden Primary. The following year, she was named Interim principal of Edgewood Community Developmental School and later named Principal of the school on July 1, 2004.

All total, retirees had approximately 1,700 cumulative years employed in the education profession in North Carolina. The 2018-2019 retirees are as follows:

Name

Position

School/Department

Total Years Working in NC Education

Tasha Christian Adams

Principal

Edgewood Community Developmental School

30

Helen Aldridge

Teacher

Spring Creek Elementary

33.5

Donald Ammons

Custodian

Carver Elementary

25

Pamela Andrews

Teacher

Norwayne Middle

33

Danny Barwick

Locksmith

Maintenance Dept.

15

Luther Bolden Jr.

Head Custodian

Rosewood Middle

21.5

Gregory Brown

Teacher

North Drive Elementary

29

Wanda Bryant

21st Century Program Dir.

Curriculum & Instruction Dept.

28.5

Mary Capen

Teacher

Eastern Wayne Middle

14

Vanessa Cave

Instructional Assistant

Eastern Wayne Middle

23.5

Rhonda Coakley

Teacher

Exceptional Children Dept.

30

Nino Coley

Teacher

Dillard Middle

28.5

Patricia Collins

Teacher

Eastern Wayne Elementary

25

Deborah Copeland

Teacher

Carver Heights Elementary

24

Jeanne Cottle

Instructional Assistant

Rosewood Middle

12.5

Willie Cox Jr.

Custodian

Eastern Wayne High

10

Caryl Crawford

Data Manager

Eastern Wayne Middle

17

Quincy Crawford

Head Custodian

School Street Early Learning Center

13.5

Laura D Hemecourt

Instructional Assistant

Rosewood Middle

20

Rhonda Davis

Teacher

Charles B. Aycock High

28

Sherry Denning

Bookkeeper

Southern Wayne High

21

Deborah Denton

Instructional Assistant

Eastern Wayne Elementary

20

Sally Fuglestad

Guidance Counselor

Spring Creek Middle

13

Deborah Gill

Teacher

Edgewood Community Developmental School

24.5

Frances Gooding

Teacher

Rosewood Elementary

12

Patricia Grant

Teacher

Brogden Middle

20

Betty Hargrove

Custodian

Eastern Wayne Elementary

9

April Hatcher

Teacher

Mount Olive Middle

29

Lajeannea Hietpas

Teacher

Rosewood Middle

20

Kenneth Hobbs

Plumber

Maintenance Department

9.5

Alison Hubbard

Teacher

School Street Early Learning Center

19.5

Lisa Ingram

Teacher

Rosewood High

28

Lanita Ivery

Teacher

Greenwood Middle

25

Nicole Jackson

Teacher

Eastern Wayne Elementary

29.5

Elvin James

Teacher

Goldsboro High 

5

Amy Janning

Teacher

Spring Creek Middle

29

Kathy Johnson

Bus Driver

Northwest Elementary

11

Joe Ann Jones

Teacher

Southern Wayne High

28

Lydia Joyner

Teacher

Carver Heights Elementary

23.5

Elizabeth King

Instructional Assistant

North Drive Elementary

25.5

Nancy Lancaster

Teacher

Spring Creek Middle

28.5

Lisa Lewis

Teacher

Spring Creek Elementary

23.5

Emma Kay Lewis

Instructional Assistant

Spring Creek Elementary

22

Linda Lewis

Instructional Assistant

Tommy’s Road Elementary

31.5

Deborah Long

Media Coordinator

Charles B. Aycock High

31

Brenda Manley

Bus Driver

Brogden Primary School

8

Kimberly McArthur

Teacher

Wayne Early Middle College High

26

Kristin Miller

Teacher

Carver Heights Elementary

20

Carol Mitchell

Teacher

Brogden Primary

29

Alton Monroe

Shop Mechanic

Transportation Dept.

11.5

Kimble Nasser

Teacher

Southern Wayne High

30

Sean Norris

Technician

Print Shop

35

Anita Phillips

Teacher

Wayne Middle/High Academy

30

Phyllis Price

Teacher

Rosewood Middle

25

Clara Rackley

Teacher

Rosewood Elementary

17.5

Marilyn Raynor

Custodian

North Drive Elementary

19

Helen Reid

Cafeteria Manager

Greenwood Middle

19.5

Edna Reid

Cafeteria Assistant

Charles B. Aycock High

20

Sederis Rhodes

Teacher

Charles B. Aycock High

27

Barbara Rowe

Speech Lang. Pathologist

Eastern Wayne Elementary

18

Paula Shoulars

Cafeteria Assistant

Grantham Elementary

7

James Skelton

Custodian

Brogden Primary

14

Kathy Smith

Supervisor

Child Nutrition Dept.

20

Barbara Smith

Teacher

Carver Elementary

23

Sherrill Stafford

Teacher

Northeast Elementary

35

Ronda Sutton 

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Southern Wayne High

29

Rhonda Taylor

Teacher

Charles B. Aycock High

23

Sentara Tucker

Cafeteria Assistant

Charles B. Aycock High

25.5

Jamie Tyler

Instructional Assistant

Dillard Middle

24.5

Jennie Vanderhelm

Teacher

Rosewood High

24

Teresa Weaver

Instructional Assistant

Eastern Wayne Elementary

27

George Weidinger

Teacher

Eastern Wayne High

14.5

Kellie West

Instructional Assistant

Northwest Elementary

26

Marie Wiggins

Cafeteria Assistant

Carver Elementary

17

Karen Williford

Instructional Assistant

Fremont STARS Elementary

28.5

Joyce Wooten

Teacher

Greenwood Middle

23.5