Paden Morris Named Tyler County Teacher of the Year
The Tyler County Board of Education met on Monday, May 4, with all Board Members present. The meeting began with the approval of the previous minutes, followed by a presentation from Paden Morris.
Morris has been piloting a Ready to Work class at TCHS. He reported this year, they targeted a select few students who they felt would benefit the most from the program. However, seeing how beneficial the class was to these students, he reported he would like to offer more students the opportunity to participate in the coming school year.
Morris reported the students grew in many areas, including attendance, GPA, and certifications. These students were offered CPR and First Aid, AED, OSHA 10, Stop the Bleed, and more. “That puts them a bit ahead of the game when they seek employment in their future,” Morris said.
“I think the best thing that we, first, can do is just continue the outreach to the greater student body of Tyler Consolidated High School,” said Morris. He reported the next step is to offer the class four periods a day.
“We’re also starting the chemical operator program at the high school, where students will have the opportunity to earn a certification in chemical operations, or an associates degree before they graduate high school if they are entered into the program early enough,” Morris reported.
“It is our goal to make these students self-sufficient contributing members of our community here in Tyler County,” Morris continued. He said these students have also greatly improved their soft skills, communication skills, and attitude.
“As much as I hope it has changed those students’ lives, it has been significantly impactful to my career as well. I’m passionate about this aspect of education. I’m proud of what these kids have achieved,” Morris said.
“Each year, Tyler County Schools selects a teacher of the year, and we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than you,” Mr. Highley reported.
Moving on to project updates, Mr. Highley updated the Board on several projects taking place throughout the county. He reported the bus garage project is moving forward, as well as the stadium project. “Last week they did demolition and dirt work on the pole vault and high jump pit, and that’s complete. Today they’re working on the field itself,” Highley reported. Highley also said they have the middle school lockers removed and are beginning to install the new ones.
As for school meals, Highley says deliveries will continue through May. They are hoping to transition back to hot meals for Summer foods. “We’ve hired Energy Express bus drivers, but they aren’t going to have kids, so we’re going to use those drivers to deliver hot meals each day to kids who are in Energy Express and other kids around the county.”
Highley also reported, sometime in June, each student in Tyler County will receive a $300 food, similar to a EBT card. “Thank the Governor and the President for that, because our kids have not went hungry in this state while this has been going on. We have made sure the meals are out there,” Highley reported.
The Board then approved the following athletic schedules: TCHS Wrestling 2020-21; TCHS Girls Soccer 2020-21; TCHS Boys Soccer 2020-2021.
Following the approval of the bills, the meeting was adjourned.