Jefferson County Teacher of the Year Terri Dudley has seen her future in education since she was in high school.
Terri Dudley named Jefferson County Teacher of the Year
By Elizabeth Howard
The sounds of celebrating fourth graders filled the halls of Wrens Elementary School when it was announced over the intercom that Terri Sparks Dudley had been named Jefferson County's Teacher of the Year.
Students and teachers rushed down the hall and into Mrs. Dudley's classroom to congratulate her on this honor.
Dudley is a fourth grade teacher at Wrens Elementary. She primarily teaches reading and writing but she also has one social studies class.
She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Auburn University and received a B.S. in elementary education, and she holds a dual certification in early childhood and middle grades education. She is currently working on her National Board Certification in teaching.
Dudley has been teaching for eleven years, all of which have been spent in the Jefferson County School system. When she graduated from Auburn, she moved to Jefferson County to find a job in education.
"I moved here to teach school," Dudley said. "I chose to set out and try to start my own way."
She taught for three years at Louisville Academy, four years at Louisville Middle School, one and a half years at Carver Elementary and she has been teaching at Wrens Elementary for two and a half years. In her eleven years she has taught second through eighth grades.
Dudley says she has found Jefferson County to be an excellent place to teach.
"I really enjoy working with the children of Jefferson County because there's so much here that's positive," she said. "I really feel like I make a difference."
Dudley went into education to make a difference in the lives of children.
"I went into teaching because I like helping people," she said. "I was a tutor and a teacher's aide in high school and it kind of lit a fire in me."
Dudley was also inspired by an aunt who was a teacher.
She admired her aunt's relationships with her students; when she was in public she was constantly approached by children whose respect and admiration for her extended beyond the classroom.
Dudley has found a similar relationship with her students.
"I love the relationships I build with the children," she said. "Because I'm working one-on-one with them I get to really know them as an individual. That's really gratifying for me."
Dudley's philosophy of education revolves around the idea that every child has the capacity to learn, but that every child learns differently.
"I believe that part of the motivation has to come from the child but it's the teacher's job to motivate the child to want to learn," she said.
In keeping with her belief that children learn by doing, Dudley provides daily opportunities for her students to apply what they learn in class.
Dudley's class participates in a writing workshop every day. Her students write on an assigned topic and she conferences with each child individually once a week.
Dudley's reading and writing workshop is used as a model for other teachers and she frequently has guests observing her classes.
In addition to teaching in a model classroom, Dudley is a mentor teacher and co-chair of the fourth grade at Wrens Elementary.
Despite her many qualifications and love for education, Dudley was shocked to be named Jefferson County's Teacher of the Year.
"All of the other teachers are very experienced," she said. "I was honored just to be in the running with those people. I was very, very surprised and humbled as well."
Dudley lives in Louisville with her husband and their two daughters.
Sheriff intends to crack down on ATV drivers
• Following recent accidents, Bopp wants to keep four-wheelers off public roads
By Ben Nelms
Glascock County Sheriff Bryan Bopp has a reputation for speaking his mind.
In a move that would be uncharacteristic for many in elected office, Bopp announced a decision last week that will keep four-wheelers off public roads in an effort to prevent injuries and death.
"I said it at the scene of the last accident," he said emphatically. "There will be no more four-wheelers on this county's public roads. I've defended four-wheelers in the past but it's gotten to the point where people keep getting hurt."
Bopp said his decision resulted from several accidents involving All-Terrain Vehicles in the past few years. The most recent accident, occurring in late January, was the straw that broke the camel's back, he said.
Accidents involving four-wheelers most often result either from collisions with other vehicles or from the driver losing control of the ATV.
Enforcement of the new measure is designed to encompass a two-fold process.
The first offense will trigger a warning followed by a citation for disorderly conduct for a second offense.
The citation will be based on a part of the disorderly conduct ordinance adopted by the Glascock County Commission in 1991.
Bopp acknowledged that the move may be seen as controversial to some but maintained that it is one where the principle outweighs the potential political consequences.
"This may cost me votes in the next election but I'm tired of seeing people hurt," he said.
"A lot of people may not think much of this or may not see the value in restricting four-wheelers on public roads unless or until it is their child that's injured or killed."
Twenty-nine applications received for administrator
• Meet the applicants seeking position James Rogers has served
By Ben Nelms
It seems that Jefferson County is the place to be for applicants interested in the job as county administrator.
The county commission has received resumes from 29 applicants across Georgia and across America to fill position that will soon be open with the retirement of administrator James Rogers, who has held the position for six years. Since the announcement in September of Rogers' retirement, the board has received resumes from individuals locally and throughout Georgia as well as those from Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia and Oregon.
The board of commissioners announced late last week that interviews for the position will be held Feb. 18 at the commission office. Prior to the interviews commissioners have been asked to select approximately one-half dozen resumes of individuals they would like to see interviewed, Rogers said Monday. The current plan calls for those lists to be shortened to approximately six finalists to be interviewed. Rogers said a rating system will be developed to assist commissioners in scoring the applicants. Also assisting in the process are representatives of the Carl Vinson of Government at the University of Georgia. The initial salary for the position will be determined in conjunction with board considerations.
Provided below for the benefit of our readers is a short biographical sketch of each of the applicants:
William H. Park, Jr., of Acworth, currently serves as Director of Governmental Relations Strategy at Atlanta Gas Light Company, where he has been employed since 1976. He has served as Alderman for the City of Acworth since 1994, holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Ga. Tech and serves on numerous civic, education and business boards.
Autie F. Kelley, of Bluffton, South Carolina, currently serves as Hilton Head Water Resources and Grants Administrator, was former Town Administrator in Estill, South Carolina and business owner and mayor in St. Michaels, Maryland. He holds a B.S. in History/Biology from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Bryan F. Riley, of Martinez, is an Operations Analyst for Humana Military Healthcare and office manager and financial advisor at Bud's Poultry & Food Service, Inc. in Plant City, Florida. He served as controller and chief financial officer at three naval hospitals and holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Business Administration/Government from the University of Maryland.
Debra A. Harris, of Thomson, serves as Advanced Staff Auditor with Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and formerly served as controller at Best Quality, Inc. in Thomson. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Augusta State University.
William H. Maglin II of Evans serves as Director of Resource Management at Ft. Gordon. He will be retiring with 26 years in the U.S. Army in August with the rank of Colonel. He holds Masters in Business Administration from the University of Syracuse, a Bachelors' in Business Administration from North Georgia College and is a graduate of the Army War College.
William W. Rabun of Louisville is Owner/Operator of Rabun Farms, serves as President of R & R Livestock, Inc. and is a Trustee for Baptist Village, Inc. He served as Jefferson County Commissioner District 4 from 1993-1997 and chaired the regional Georgia Agriculture Committee.
C. Raymond Wood of Aiken is a local government management consultant, former Partner-in-Charge of the Governmental Services Department of Alexander Grant & Company and was the first Director of Finance of Beverly Hills, California. He received a M.S. in Public Administration from UCLA and a B.S. in Commerce/Accounting from Texas Christian University.
William Jeffrey English of Bartow is a private energy consultant, recent President and CEO of Pepco Gas Services in Columbia, Maryland, and former city administrator for the City of Wrens and member of the Jefferson County Board of Education. He holds a B.S. in Speech/Public Relations from Georgia Southern University.
Frank S. Lindley of Augusta serves as CFO for Gold Cross EMS/ Air Med, was former District Operations Manager at Rural Metro Ambulance and insurance and bond agent at Sanford-Bruker-Banks, Inc. He holds a B.B.A. in Business Management from Augusta College and serves on numerous business and civic organizations.
Minor John Etheridge of Evans currently serves as part-time Human Resources Instructor at Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, former Human Resources Manager III with Georgia Pacific Corporation and Director of Human Resources with Augusta-Richmond County. He holds a MSA in Public Administration from Georgia College and State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Mercer University.
Bryan H. Boltz of Evans served as General Manager of Rosewood Gallery in Augusta, Project Manager and Process Manager with AT&T in Ohio and New Jersey. He recently received a Graduate Legal Certificate from University of South Carolina and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Pre-Law from Georgia State University.
Chavas Boyd of Augusta serves as Branch Manger for Regions Financial Corporation and formerly served as Customer Service Representative/Teller with First National Bank & Trust in Louisville. He is currently seeking an MBA in Finance at Augusta State University and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Management from Augusta State University.
Tom Cobb of Blythe is owner of Cobb's Supermarket in Louisville, currently serves as Mayor of the City of Blythe, served as Manager of Nutrition Care at Wesley Woods Geriatric Center, Inc., and Executive Director of Human Relations for Waynesboro/Burke County Human Relations Commission. He holds dual Master's degrees in Management and Business from Webster University and a B.S. in Business and Management from University of Maryland.
Jeff Rosencrans of College Park serves as Finance Director for the City of East Point, served as Finance Director in Tarpon Springs, Fla., Kings Mountain, N.C. and Lancaster, S.C. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
Mark H. Pulliam of Fayetteville serves as Finance Director with Fayette County Board of Commissioners, served as Accounting Administrator for Athens-Clarke County and owned a public accounting practice. He is a Certified Public Account with a BSBA in Finance from Western Carolina University and is involved in coaching youth sports.
Paul C. Bryan of Cleveland, Ga., served as County Administrator for White County, County Manager in Screven County and Warden at the county correctional institute in Sylvania. He holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Administration from Breneau Professional College.
Jack D. Byrd, Jr. of Trenton, Ga., serves a County Manager in Dade County, served as Zoning Administrator for the City of Moultrie, Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University and Project Architect at TMA, Inc. International. He holds a PhD. in Administration/Leadership and Specialist in Education from Florida State University and maintains numerous professional affiliations.
Alton E. Brown of Dickson, Tenn., served as City Administrator for the City of Dickson, Executive Director with Tennessee Housing Development Agency and Senior Vice President at Fidelity Federal Bank. He received a B.S. in Business Administration at University of Tennessee.
David L. Recor of Hilton Head S.C., serves as Director of Government & Community Affairs at the Law Office of Chester C. Williams, LLC and Deputy Planning Director for the Town of Hilton Head Island and served in various administrative capacities in both Cape Coral and Desoto County, Fla. and the towns Culpepper and Chinacoteague Island, Va. He holds a B.S. in Public Administration from James Madison University.
Daniel M. Stuck, of Portsmouth, Virginia, served as Portsmouth City Manager, York County Administrator and New Kent County City Attorney. He holds a JD from University of Richmond.
Anthony D. Bell of Spartanburg, S.C., serves as Spartanburg County Director of Human Resources and served as Manager of Employee Benefits with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and news anchor at WSPA-TV. He holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from University of South Carolina and involved with numerous business and civic organizations.
Ted O. Lakey of Pensacola, Fla., served as Superintendent at Escambia County Road Prison and Interim Public Works Director in Cantonment, Florida. He received a Masters of Public Administration at University of West Florida and a B.A. in Communications at University of Alabama.
Donald Pickard of Pembroke Park, Fla., served as City Administrator for the City of La Vergne, Tenn., City Manager for the City of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. and Director of Operations at State University of New York. He holds an MBA from University of Richmond and a B.S. in business Administration from University of Tennessee.
W. Shelton Smith of Bainbridge served as City Manager in Dothan, Alabama and Belle Grade, Fla., City Administrator in Longwood, Fla. and County Manager in Troup County. He received a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University and a B.S. at Auburn University.
Thomas E. Painter of Shinnston, W. Va., serves as Shinnston City Manager and served as Development Officer for West Virginia Library Commission and Federal Grants Administrator for the City of Parksburg, W.Va. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from University of Oklahoma and a B.S. from Sheperd College.
J. David Fine of Milton-Freewater, Ore., serves as City Prosecutor in Pendleton, Ore. and served as a self-employed attorney in Ashland, Ore., Professor at University of Western Australia and city council member in Ashland, Ore. He holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University, Bachelors degrees in Law from McGill University and a B.S. in Political Science from Georgetown University.
Ralph K. Hester of Menominee, Mich., serves as Menominee County Administrator and held city manager and county administrator positions in Georgia, Florida and Minnesota. He received a B.S. from University of Wisconsin.
Van G. Whaler of Adel serves as CEO of Van G. Whaler & Associates in Adel and served as Town and County Manager in Georgia, Michigan and Ohio. He received a PhD. in Urban Geography from Kent State University, a Masters in Urban Planning and Political Science at University of Akron and a B.S. from Miami University (Ohio).
L. R. Clark II of Bamberg, S.C., serves as Bamberg County Administrator, served as Wrens City Administrator and City Manager in Forsyth, Montezuma and Doerun. He holds a B.S. in Public Administration from Columbia State University.
Industrial park gets $100,000 in grants
By Ben Nelms
The transition into what will become the Louisville Airport industrial Park moved a step closer to reality Feb. 4 with the presentation of two checks totaling $100,000 to the cover the cost of engineering designs for infrastructure at the park.
"This is an important step for Jefferson County," said Development Authority of Jefferson County (DAJC) President Bill Easterlin.
The importance of that step was signified as US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development state Director Stone Workman and Georgia Rural Economic Development Center (GREDC) Program Director Mary Classey Smith each presented checks for $50,000 to the development authority.
Workman said USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grants are the subject of nationwide competition. He commended DAJC and economic developer Brad Day for their work in vying for the grant award.
"This is a national grant and it was the only one given in Georgia this funding year," said Workman. "It is always an exciting day when we get to help fund a project that could house businesses that will bring jobs to a rural community."
Presenting a second check for $50,000, Smith credited Day's tenacity as being instrumental in DAJC's acquiring the infrastructure funding.
"Brad got a commitment for the money after hearing we had some available funds," she said. "Jefferson County is one of the top communities we serve and Brad always has his hand out for your benefit."
The next step in the development of LAIP is to secure funding to construct the necessary infrastructure at the park, said Day.