Several teachers were surprised Monday morning with the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award during a “tapping” by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence.
The late Tift County High School chorus teacher Chris Robinson and TCHS marketing teacher Mike Beeman, who recently ruptured both quadriceps tendons when jogging, were two among several other Tift County teachers who were presented with the award.
On behalf of Robinson, the foundation presented the award to his wife, Kristi Robinson, during chorus class. Mike Brumby, president of the foundation, said Robinson was also presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, as well as Beeman, who was presented with the award in 2007.
Other teachers presented with the award were Alisha Bassett at Tift County Pre-K Center, Bobby Earls at Tift County High School Northeast Campus, Betsy Jones at Annie Belle Clark Primary School, Jan Kitchens at Omega Elementary School, Sylvia McWilliams at Omega Elementary School, Lauren Smith at Matt Wilson Elementary School, Ginger Pollock at Charles Spencer Elementary School, Maria Hamill at G.O. Bailey Primary School and Sgt. Darrell Purvis at TCHS.
Brumby said they have been handing out the Excellence in Teaching Award to local teachers since 1991. Each teacher received a framed certificate at the tapping Monday. In February, they will be honored at a special banquet.
He said in a past Tifton Gazette article, “The tapping always competes as my favorite day of the year. The foundation’s mission ‘to foster and enhance academic excellence’ cannot be better served than through recognizing outstanding teachers.”
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.