CHURUBUSCO — A quote seen at Smith-Green Community Schools reads, “Leaders are like eagles. They don’t flock — you find them one at a time.” Monday’s school board meeting focused on “Spotlight on Success” 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 “Teacher of the Month.” Allen is credited by his peers for turning Churubusco Junior-Senior High School’s FFA around from “just another club kids participated in to say they did it.”
He has brought state and national recognition to Churubusco’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 “Teacher of the Month” for her positive attitude and organizational skills, especially in conjunction with the “Character Counts!” 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, “I’d like to meet this man you’re all talking about.”
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