April Cummings, gifted (Kaleidoscope) teacher at Glenwood Primary School, has been selected the Distinguished Service Certified Employee of the Year for Floyd County Schools.  Cummings was presented with the award at the May Board of Education meeting along with a gift check for $250 presented by award sponsor Clear Concepts.

Cummings stepped forward at a difficult time for the Glenwood community to make a difference for a class of kindergarten students and their families. Glenwood tragically lost kindergarten teacher Christie Mooney and paraprofessional Marsha Coleman from the same class in an automobile accident early in the school year.

Cummings volunteered to take over the classroom of very young children until a teacher could be found. Cummings was important in the healing process because she was a was a familiar face at the school the children and parents recognized. “She was there when the school opened to welcome the students and parents in that classroom with love and warmth.” shared the nominator.  “Her smile and sweet nature helped to ease the anxiety and grief the students had on that day.”  The nominator added, “She stayed with that class for as long as she was needed and worked on her assigned job duties for her gifted classes after hours on her own personal time. She never missed a beat in the kindergarten class or her gifted duties.”  

The Distinguished Service Employee of the Year Award is selected from monthly winners honored by the Floyd County Board of Education throughout the school year. The award winners are nominated by students, parents, and other staff members for their attitude and work ethic. Two employees, one employee from certified staff and one from classified personnel, are honored each month by the school board.
Herbert Harper, Model area lead custodian, won the classified Employee of the Year Award for 2016.