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Tammi Reynolds -  Poplin's Teacher of the Year! photo

Tammi Reynolds - Poplin's Teacher of the Year!

Tammi Reynolds, an Exceptional Children’s Teacher, is the 2015 Teacher of the Year. On receiving the award, Reynolds said, “It is truly an honor to be the Teacher of the Year. A lot of people don't realize how much work being a Special Educator is. This really means a lot to me.”

Behind the scences, Reynolds works about twice as many hours as the regular school work week in her job.  “I work approximately 75 hours a week, including the school day, at home in the evenings, and on the weekends.” Reynolds says she does this because “my students are ‘my kids’. They are like family, and they know that I will do anything to help them.”

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44 UCPS teachers surprised with  Education Foundation mini grants photo

44 UCPS teachers surprised with Education Foundation mini grants

The Union County Education Foundation brought lots of smiles to 44 Union County Public Schools teachers after awarding “Teacher and Classroom Mini-Grants” worth more than $20,000. The Foundation’s “Prize Patrol” visited schools across the county on Oct. 28 and surprised these teachers in their classrooms with a check in amounts ranging from $191.83 to $500. Pictured at left, Jodi McConkey, a teacher at Sardis Elementary, is surprised when she receives a $400.99 grant from the Union County Education Foundation awarded “Teacher and Classroom Mini-Grants.” Also pictured is her principal Theresa Benson.

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