Dozens Honored At Leading With The Heart Event

Johnston County Schools honored 52 employees for going above and beyond in and outside of the classroom at the district’s annual “Leading with the Heart” reception.

The event, which is inspired from Mike Krzyewski’s book, “Leading with the Heart,” recognizes employees throughout the school system that demonstrate leadership, compassion, and heart on a daily basis.

Each school and central services department selects one person from their staff to be honored at this special event. Those who were recognized all take pride in their work, are meticulous in their work ethic, and are mentors and good role models. Honorees often volunteer for extra work duties, or they volunteer in the community. They are generous and constantly look for ways to help others, are consistently reliable, respectful, determined and passionate.

During the celebratory reception, each honoree was recognized by having highlights of his or her appreciated service read. Recipients were also presented with a commemorative Leading with the Heart pin and thanked for their service to Johnston County Schools by Board of Education Chairman Michael C. Wooten, Vice-Chair Dorothy Johnson, and fellow board members, as well as Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow.

Johnston County Schools honored 52 employees who demonstrate good character and go above and beyond in and outside of the classroom at the annual “Leading with the Heart” reception. Those recognized on the front row (from left) are Brenda Stallings, Tabitha Lee, Maria Rojas Castro, Gladys Pineda, Evelyn Sanders, Rachel Carter, Donna Chapman, Ashleigh Gibson, and Pamela Martinez. Those recognized on the second row (from left) are Jenny Hudson, Laura Eptin, Kate Rizzo, Nicole Shepard, Barbara Ashworth, Tonya Smith, Heather Sutton, Vanessa Batts, Susan Topoly, Alison Deese, and June Aycock. Those recognized on the third row (from left) are Shelly Pinkowski, Cory Merle, Catherine Taylor, Sarah Holmes, Michelle Oliver, Hollie Heller, Crystal Jackson, Serreda Jenkins, Lee Ann Parrish, Jennifer Narron Hardy, and Janet Lee. Those recognized on the third row (from left) are William Weaver, Bill Wood, Kelly Jones, Sylvia Hines, Pat Deese, Joseph Capps, Mandy Yelverton, Angie Pike, and Melinda Whitley. Those recognized on the fourth row (from left) are Maria Bauza, Alejandro Ceballos, Lisa Ivey, Shannon McCleave, Teresa Richardson, Allison Tucker, Takisha Henry, and Alex Gundler. Those recognized on back row (from left) are Melanie Williams, Robert Cawthorn, and Tobias Hocutt.

2017 Leading With The Heart Recipients:

Archer Lodge Middle – Tobias Hocutt

Benson Elementary – June Aycock

Benson Middle – Takisha Henry
Clayton High – Melinda Whitley

Clayton Middle – Catherine Taylor

Cleveland Elementary – Nicole Shepard

Cleveland High – Joseph Capps

Cleveland Middle – Rachel Carter

Cooper Elementary – Kate Rizzo

Corinth Holders High – Shelly Pinkowski

Corinth-Holders Elementary – Vanessa Batts

Dixon Road Elementary – Alison Deese

East Clayton Elementary – Susan Topoly

Four Oaks Elementary – Allison Tucker

Four Oaks Middle – Barbara Ashworth

Glendale-Kenly Elementary – Kelly Holland

J.C. Career & Technical Leadership Academy – Kelly Jones

J.C. Early College Academy – Sarah Holmes

J.C. Middle College High – Melanie Williams

McGee’s Crossroads Elementary – Maria Rojas Castro

McGee’s Crossroads Middle  – Maria Bauza

Meadow School – Heather Sutton

Micro Elementary – Mandy Yelverton

North Johnston High – Sylvia Hines

North Johnston Middle – Teresa Richardson

Pine Level Elementary – Angie Pike

Polenta Elementary – Pamela Martinez

Powhatan Elementary – Crystal Jackson

Princeton Elementary – Hollie Heller

Princeton Middle/High – Pat Deese

River Dell Elementary – Jenny Hudson

Riverwood Elementary – Laura Epting

Riverwood Middle – Lee Ann Parrish

Selma Elementary – Brenda Stallings

Selma Middle – Janet Lee

Smithfield Middle – Alex Gundler

Smithfield-Selma High – Lisa Ivey

South Campus High – Donna Chapman

South Campus Middle – Evelyn Sanders

South Johnston High – William Weaver

South Smithfield Elementary – Jennifer Narron-Hardy

West Clayton Elementary – Tonya Smith

West Johnston High – Robert Cawthorn

West Smithfield Elementary – Alejandro Ceballos

West View Elementary – Michelle Oliver

Wilson’s Mills Elementary – Cory Merle

Administrative Services – Tabitha Lee

Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability – Gladys Pineda

Human Resources Services – Shannon McCleave

Innovation and Strategic Development – Ashleigh Gibson

Operations – Bill Wood

Student Services – Serreda Jenkins