Westside Elementary Teacher Honored for 40 Years of Service | Best Of
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Houston County Board of Education Chairman Tom Walmer and Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines paid a surprise visit to Westside Elementary School teacher Barbara Thomas this month. They visited her classroom to personally thank her for 40 years of service to the school system.
Thomas began teaching at Westside Elementary on April 16, 1972. Her entire career has been spent at this one school. Throughout her career, she taught Kindergarten for five years, first grade for seven, second grade for nine, third grade for 10 and fourth grade for nine years. She served under the leadership of six principals.
Walmer and Hines presented Thomas with a certificate and Board of Education medallion or “coin,” a coveted award which has the school system’s logo, mission and vision. “Challenge coins” are a military tradition used to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. The coveted coins are highly sought after and have become collectibles. The school system has adopted this tradition and the Superintendent very selectively presents this award.
Thomas will also be honored during the system retirement banquet on May 15, 2012. She is one of 60 retirees who will be recognized during the event.
Married to Robert Thomas, the couple recently celebrated their fortieth anniversary. They have a son, Joffrey, daughter-in-law, Trellis, and a granddaughter, Kaiya. Thomas is a member of Fellowship Bible Baptist Church. She plans to enjoy her retirement by spending quality time with her family, entertaining friends, serving as an interior decorator, traveling, volunteering at her church and schools, while enjoying life to its fullest!