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CHURUBUSCO â€” A quote seen at Smith-Green Community Schools reads, â€śLeaders are like eagles. They donâ€™t flock â€” you find them one at a time.â€ť Mondayâ€™s school board meeting focused on â€śSpotlight on Successâ€ť recognizing several great leaders and proving that sometimes, Eagles do flock.
Lee Etzler, Zach Dock, Paul Sade, Clint Davis, Todd Lortie, Nate Wright, John Schmidt and Kyle Monk of the high school football coaching staff were recognized for not just being great coaches, but for their direction and life lessons offered to young athletes.
Phil Allen, a teacher at SGCS, received an award for â€śTeacher of the Month.â€ť Allen is credited by his peers for turning Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâ€™s FFA around from â€śjust another club kids participated in to say they did it.â€ť
He has brought state and national recognition to Churubuscoâ€™s chapter. According to SGCS staff, Allen teaches his classes valuable skills, and his students perform routine maintenance on mowers, snow blowers and weed trimmers for community members.
Breann Brown, another SGCS teacher, was also recognized as â€śTeacher of the Monthâ€ť for her positive attitude and organizational skills, especially in conjunction with the â€śCharacter Counts!â€ť program.
Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey also received surprise recognition for his leadership. His peers spoke of the joys in working with him, his dedication to the school and the children.
They also shared what a great role model he has been in his time at SGCS. With an appreciative chuckle, Bailey said jokingly, â€śIâ€™d like to meet this man youâ€™re all talking about.â€ť
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