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Page 2A i orter April 18, 2018 By Diane Glidewell the Year" on the sides news@mymccnet and back, will belong to Taylor through the 2018-19 When Tamarkis Tay- school year. He will have a lor was named Monroe special TOTY parking spot County's 2018 Teacher of for it at T.G. Scott Elemen- the Year, he got not only tary, where he teaches third pride and recognition but grade. also keys to a new car. After principals intro- Jason and Holly Connell, duced each of the five owners of Volume Chevro- Monroe County teachers let, presented Taylor keys who are representing their to a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe respective schools this that was waiting outside year, Superintendent Dr. the Fine Arts Center. Mike Hickman announced The vehicle, which on April 10 that Taylor is proudly proclaims "Mon- the 2018 Monroe County roe County Teacher of Teacher of the Year. As if Tamarkis Taylor, center, stands with Jason and Holly Connell of Volume Chev- rolet in front" of the new Chevrolet Tahoe he'll drive as Monroe County Teacher of the Year. everyone was not already envious of the young educator, the Connells added an all-expenses-paid weekend to the luxurious King & Prince Resort at St. Simons Island. "Thank you for inviting us to share in this celebra- tion" said Holly Connell. "Everyone will agree that nothing is as satisfying as showing our apprecia- tion for those dedicated to teaching our children" Volume Chevrolet, which is now in BarnesviUe, is opening a location in Forsyth. The Connells live in Monroe County, have children who attend Mon- roe County schools and are a school system Partner in Education. Scott Jernigan of Josten's awarded Taylor a Teacher e EFFECTIVE LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE District 1 County Commissioner for consolidated Macon-Bibb County since 2013 - Chairman of Operations and Finance Committee - Member of Facilities and Engineering Committee of the Macon-Bibb County Commission Appointee to the Macon Water Authority Trustee on the Police and Fire Pension Board of Macon-Bibb County Former Commissioner for Bibb County Commission Former School Board Member.for Bibb County Board of Education RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP IN THE CENTRAL GEORGIA BUSINESS COMMUNITY Enhanced job creation while serving on the Macon Economic Development Commission Vice President with Guaranty Financial, Inc. responsible for multi-million dollar portfolios specializing in commercial properties throughout the southeast US Commercial Realtor with Bob Lewis & Associates, Inc. 16 Years in banking industry as wholesale account executive, asset manager, commercial mortgage banker, commercial sales associate Gary is a fifelong resident of Central Georgia and resides in the Macon-Bibb County area. Gary and his wife, Laura Meadows Bechtel, have two children: a daughter, Tarver (26) and a son, Sam (22). MAY22. 478-390-7719 4 Gbechtell@gmail.com 667 Monticlair Drive, Macon, Paid for by Gary Bechtel for State Representative I I I III I GA31210 of the Year ring, telling him to pick yellow gold or white gold. All five school-level TOTY received overflow- ing gift baskets filled with items from local businesses and other sponsors. The other four teachers honored were: Mark A. Smith of Mary Persons, Lakeisha Walker of Mon- roe County Middle School, Charlotte Copeland of K.B. Sutton Elementary and Dr. Kimberlie Harris of Hubbard Elementary. These teachers were chosen by the certified personnel at their schools to repre- sent them after a slate of teachers was nominated by a committee composed of the principal, the 2017 TOTY and an additional certified employee. The school-level Teachers of the Year were asked to com- plete applications, which were judged by persons outside of the Monroe County School System, to become the district's TOTY. They had to write about their professional preparation, professional biography, community in- volvement and philosophy of teaching. Taylor wrote that he always wanted to be a teacher. However, one of his elementary teachers was very strict and rigid and made him dislike go- ing to school. He vowed that he would become a teacher that would give his students eight hours of safety and love each day, Tamarkis Taylor's family surrounds him after he was named Monroe County Teacher of the Year on April 10. taking away their stress. He said a teacher never knows what a student is leaving behind when he comes to school. In introducing Taylor, TGS Principal Dr. Dick Bazemore quoted Tay- lor's 3rd grade students as saying that he "makes sure we do our work" but "makes learning fun" Bazemore said that this is the first time that a student he taught has gone on to become Monroe County's TOTY. Taylor is a native of Monroe County, a 2009 graduate of Mary Persons who completed his BS in early childhood and special education from Middle Georgia State University in Macon. He did his stu- dent teaching at T.G. Scott Elementary and has taught 3rd grade at T.G. Scott since the 2014-15 school year. He helps coach the TGS Robotics Team, spon- sors the Young Gentlemen's Club at TGS, is a men- tor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, helps a local vet as a veterinary assistant and is a member of the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Leadership Academy. "Being able to give back to the school system that gave so much to me is very humbling" said TaylOr after he was named TOTY. He thanked his family for encouraging him, his T.G. Scott family and especially the 3rd grade team at TGS for helping him, and "all those who make up the Monroe County School District" Taylor will now be a candidate for the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year, who will be chosen in late Spring 2019. The Monroe County Development Authority is expected to meet this Wednesday behind dosed doors to discuss a possible prospect interested in com- ing to the county. The authority has been Former WaI-Mart Smart Style employer has moved to a new location. Blush Beauty A Full Service Salon 42 North Harris St. Forsyth, GA 478-974-2065 Customer Appreciation Weekend Appointments Available Walk-ins Welcome Jawana Mays Sharika Harris 478-733-7062 470-539-1149 Ernaih blushbeautysalon@gmail.eom working on the project for several months, including a visit by company officials to Forsyth. The company had reportedly named Monroe County one of two finalists for locating its operations, and Wednesday's called meeting is a sign that Mon- roe County is still a serious contender. The authority said it will discuss land acquisition in its dosed-door session. Authority members have said the prospect is very concerned about secrecy due to competition, and does not want its iden- tity revealed until a deal is done. I WANT TO REPRESENT YOU! MAY 22, 2018 I'm State District 141 Representative Call me and let me how I can earn your vote. 478-471-1035 EARLY VOTING Visit my webiste at April 30 - May 18 vwvw.votetolbert.com a lifelong Repubfican with a record of standing up for our conservative values in our local community. IL