Recognizing Service


Matt DozierPres./CEO - EAST Initiative

Matt Dozier
Pres./CEO – EAST Initiative

EAST is focused on helping students to succeed and grow as they serve their community. Students are — and always will be — the spotlight of the EAST Initiative. However, we also know that student success is most often tied to the support and encouragement from an EAST facilitator or an EAST Core teacher. Our educators proudly serve EAST’s mission by inspiring their students to lead and to shine. Summer Seminar gives EAST the opportunity to focus specifically on facilitators and Core teachers. At the 2013 Seminar, EAST began what we hope will be a special and ongoing tradition. We had the honor of recognizing milestones of service. Certificates and service pins were presented to facilitators and Core teachers who have served 5, 10 or 15 years in an EAST classroom.

It was a heart-tugging experience, as I went down the list of names. I remember many of them as trainees in Phase I or first year facilitators — from conferences and site visits and all manner of interaction over the years. I remember many of their students and the projects they have shared. It made me realize how much time can compress itself when you’re not looking. Our professional development staff was on-hand with the pins and certificates and big hugs. It was a celebration of the best kind.

EAST recognition pins for facilitator and EAST Core teachers who have served with the organization for 5, 10 or 15 years.

EAST recognition pins for facilitator and EAST Core teachers who have served with the organization for 5, 10 or 15 years.

Afterwards, as everyone gathered for pictures, I had the opportunity to personally thank and reminisce with many of the facilitators. Some of the stories I can’t share with you because the statute of limitations hasn’t yet run out, but most took us back to earlier days when all of this was just a dream. At Seminar this year, we took stock of the foundations we had laid under our castles in the sky. And it was awesome!

5 Year Recipients Sitting: Tracie Ashley, Angie Williams, Millicent Sanders-Anderson, Haley Waller, Vicki Harris, Misty Burgess. Second Row: Jennie Coy, Vickey Johnson, Phyllis Elam, Debbie Feagin, Anita Belew, Tracey Finch, Shauna Norton, Teddi Martin, Audwin Bradford. Third Row: Mandy McIntyre, Jodi Keith, Joy Underwood, Debbie Lamb, Velma Burns, Doris Archable, Deborah Cook, Mary Vitro, Steve Martin. Back Row: Cheryl Bell, Toni Hall, Jenifer Seale, Michael Finch, Michael Calvert, Eddie Daniel, Dishoungh White, Prentice Dupins, Michael Vincent, Jonathan Watson. Not pictured: Marybeth Harmon, Taos Jones, Traci Britt, Aaron Sharp, Joy Sites, Brian Davis, Charles  Holiman, Jaime Harper, Andrew Duncan, Lance Fritchman, Clint Scrivner, Teretha Kelly.

5 Year Recipients
Sitting: Tracie Ashley, Angie Williams, Millicent Sanders-Anderson, Haley Waller, Vicki Harris, Misty Burgess. Second Row: Jennie Coy, Vickey Johnson, Phyllis Elam, Debbie Feagin, Anita Belew, Tracey Finch, Shauna Norton, Teddi Martin, Audwin Bradford. Third Row: Mandy McIntyre, Jodi Keith, Joy Underwood, Debbie Lamb, Velma Burns, Doris Archable, Deborah Cook, Mary Vitro, Steve Martin. Back Row: Cheryl Bell, Toni Hall, Jenifer Seale, Michael Finch, Michael Calvert, Eddie Daniel, Dishoungh White, Prentice Dupins, Michael Vincent, Jonathan Watson. Not pictured: Marybeth Harmon, Taos Jones, Traci Britt, Aaron Sharp, Joy Sites, Brian Davis, Charles Holiman, Jaime Harper, Andrew Duncan, Lance Fritchman, Clint Scrivner, Teretha Kelly.

10 Year Recipients Sitting: Carole Anderson, Scott Jones, Sandra Taylor, Sandy Williams Middle Row: Vincent Dodson, Janice Taylor, Cindy Whitaker, Linda Kay Thompson, Kathy Casteel,  Annette Bewley. Back Row: Stacy Sangster, Jim Clay, Lloyd Rushing, Kim Austin, Sonja Lindsey, Lee Thompson. Not pictured: Mike Mason, Kirby Shofnerm Cindy Freer, John Diesel, Fran Bailey, Brandi Anthony, Tyra Hobson, Lisa Dunlap, Jinger Massey, Carolyn Laskowski.

10 Year Recipients
Sitting: Carole Anderson, Scott Jones, Sandra Taylor, Sandy Williams
Middle Row: Vincent Dodson, Janice Taylor, Cindy Whitaker, Linda Kay Thompson, Kathy Casteel,
Annette Bewley. Back Row: Stacy Sangster, Jim Clay, Lloyd Rushing, Kim Austin, Sonja Lindsey, Lee Thompson. Not pictured: Mike Mason, Kirby Shofnerm Cindy Freer, John Diesel, Fran Bailey, Brandi Anthony, Tyra Hobson, Lisa Dunlap, Jinger Massey, Carolyn Laskowski.

15 Year Recipient Mary LaVergne with Tim Stephenson, EAST founder, and Matt Dozier, EAST President/CEO.

15 Year Recipient
Mary LaVergne with Tim Stephenson, EAST founder, and Matt Dozier, EAST President/CEO.

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