Haywood County Schools celebrates employees' years of service

By Carrie Sutton | Jan 02, 2017
Each year, the Haywood County Schools Foundation awards $100 gift cards to teachers and staff for reaching 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. years of service with the school system. Haywood County Schools Foundation Executive Director Jenny Wood Valliere (right) celebrates Wendy Underwood’s (center) 15 years of service along with her students Lilly and Kelly.

The Haywood County Schools Foundation recently recognized employees celebrating 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service to Haywood County Schools with a $100 gift card.

“The foundation is proud to honor the integral role our employees play in making Haywood County Schools one of the top performing districts in the state,” said Jenny Wood Valliere, executive director of Haywood County Schools Foundation. “Our students’ success is directly related to these employees, and we are grateful that they choose to work for Haywood County Schools.”

This year,Valliere, along with Superintendent Dr. Anne Garrett and other members of Haywood County Schools Central Office, surprised 120 employees with gift cards.

Employee recognition and retention is one of the main focuses of the Haywood County Schools Foundation.

Each December, the foundation recognizes employees who have reached certain career milestones with no break in service with gift cards. The money for the gift cards is raised by employees. At the beginning of the school year, employees have the option to donate to the foundation through an annual pledge.