Staff Shout Outs
Posted on 05/31/2019
Graphic that says Staff Shout OutsRoanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) is a wonderful school system, thanks to its amazing staff.  This year, RCPS is recognizing staff members who are celebrating a major milestone.  For example, one employee is celebrating 50 years with the district.

Each week, we will highlight a staff member from a school or department.  It is our way of saying thank you for your years of service to the children of Roanoke City.  We can't thank you enough for your hard-work and dedication.

Here are some examples of our dedicated employees:

Cindy Hill of MOntereyCindy Hill of Monterey Elementary is celebrating 39 years with Roanoke City Schools

Kim Garst of Highland ParkKim Garst of Highland Park Elementary is celebrating her 25th anniversary with the school and the district

Ms. Morgan of LincolN TerracePaula Morgan of Lincoln Terrace Elementary has been with RCPS for 28 years

Asia Arnold of James Breckinridge MiddleAsia Arnold of James Breckinridge Middle is in her first year with RCPS.  She was previously a student at Breckinridge

Kim Elliott of Patrick Henry High SchoolKim Elliott of Patrick Henry/ROTEC has been with RCPS for 14 years

Mrs. Holland of Round HillDena Holland of Round Hill Elementary is celebrating 32 years of providing music education to students in Roanoke City Schools

Amber Allen of Virginia Heights ElementaryAmber Allen of Virginia Heights Elementary is teaching at the very school she attended as a child.  She is now in her 8th year as a teacher at Virginia Heights

Paula Buch of Governor's SchoolPaula Buch has been with the Roanoke Valley Governor's School for a decade

Dorothy Wilson of Roanoke AcademyDorothy Wilson of Roanoke Academy is celebrating her 25th anniversary with RCPS

A group of principals outside Administration BuildingThis group of principals has worked for RCPS for at least five or ten years

Group of principals posing togetherThis group of principals has been with RCPS for at least 15 or 20 years.  Principal Tate of Crystal Spring Elementary has worked for RCPS for more than 25 years

Dave Spanger of William Fleming H.S. posing with his cameraDave Spangler of William Fleming High School is celebrating his 32nd year at the school.

Leon EvansLeon Evans is retiring from Hurt Park Elementary after spending 31 years with the district.

Richard Beck of Grandin CourtRichard Beck of Grandin Court Elementary is celebrating his 40th year with Roanoke City Schools

Sarah Gilpin of JOhn P. Fishwick MiddleSarah Gilpin, "Miss Grandma" as she is affectionately called, is celebrating her 43rd year with Roanoke City Public Schools, the last 34 at John P. Fishwick Middle

Betty Massey sitting at her deskPayroll Director Betty Massey is retiring in January after 49 years with Roanoke City Public Schools.

Melissa Muse of PReston Park ELementary standing in front of a bulletin boardMelissa Muse is celebrating her 19th year with the district.  She works at Preston Park Elementary, the place she attended as a child.

Donna Hall of Morningside ElementaryDonna Hall of Morningside Elementary has worked for Roanoke City Public Schools for 31 years.

Jean Dixon of Lucy Addison MiddleJean Dixon, the assistant principal of Lucy Addison Middle, is celebrating her 22nd year with the District.

Donna Law of Fishburn Park ElementaryDonna Law of Fishburn Park Elementary has been with RCPS for 31 years.  She is an instructional assistant who works with pre-school and kindergarten students.

Ms. Altizer (left to right), Mr. Waldron, and Ms. ColesWe call them the Fairview trio.  Ms. Altizer (left) has been with RCPS for 34 years, Mr. Waldron and Ms. Coles have 38 years of

Jane Alexander of Patrick HenryJulie Alexander is celebrating her 30th year with Roanoke City Public Schools.  She teaches AP English Literature classes at Patrick Henry High School. 

Kim TownleyKim Townley has been with Roanoke City Public Schools for 33 years.  She is the Physical Education teacher at James Madison Middle.

Carisa StallworthCarisa Stallworth has been with Roanoke City Schools for four years.  She is the new Payroll Director for the district. 

Marian HurleyMarian Hurley is celebrating her 35th anniversary with Roanoke City Public Schools.  She has been the art teacher at Fallon Park Elementary for 34 years.

Lisa Moran of Garden CityLisa Moran has worked for Roanoke City for 31 years.  She's been at Garden City Elementary for 27 of those years. 

Taisha SteeleTaisha Steele, our director of school counseling, received this year's Education Award from the Urban Professional League (UPL).

Four staff members of Woodrow Wilson MiddleThis group from Woodrow Wilson Middle School has more than 30 years of service with Roanoke City Schools.  From left to right are Mr. Tarpley (33 yrs.), Ms. White (32 yrs.), Ms. Massey (35 yrs.), and Ms. Hanes (33 yrs.)

Sheila Tinsley of ROTECSheila Tinsley of ROTEC is the recipient of this year's American Red Cross Educator Hero Award.

Courtney CooperCourney Cooper of Westside Elementary is in her first year as the music teacher.  She grew up in Roanoke, graduated from William Fleming High School.

Janet Claytor of Noel TaylorJanet Claytor of Noel Taylor Learning Academy has taught English at the school for 35 years.

Di Ann Sites of Forest Park AcademyDi Ann Sites is retiring after working in education for 44 years, the last 16 at Roanoke City Schools.  She teaches Business and Information Technology at Forest Park Academy. 

Ms. Rebok, Ms. Montgomery, and Ms. Nicholas of Wasena ElementaryThis trio has collectively served Wasena Elementary for more than 60 years.  Ms. Rebok (left) is celebrating her 23rd year at Wasena.  Ms. Montgomery (center) has been there for 24 years, and Ms. Nicholas (right) is going strong at 16 years.

Vernelle CaldwellVernelle Caldwell of James Breckinridge Middle is retiring after 42 years of service with Roanoke City Schools. 

A group of teachers from Virginia Heights ElementaryThanks to these staff members at Virginia Heights Elementary, the number of after school clubs increased from 4 to 9.  Pictured left to right are Mr. French, Ms. Fonder, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Largen, Ms. Hart, Ms. Witt, Ms. Travers, and Ms. Samarasighne
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