From left, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis, Nathalie Sealock (ESPY finalist), Premlata Miller (ESPY finalist), Annette Alexander (ESPY winner), Sophe Pope (BOE Member — Dist. 4), Annette Edwards (BOE Member — Dist. 5), and Holly Cobb (BOE Vice-Chair — Dist. 3)

MCDONOUGH – Annette Alexander has been named Henry County Schools’ 2020 Education Support Personnel of the Year.

Alexander, an interrelated paraprofessional, was among 61 Education Support Personnel of the Year winners from schools and departments across the district on celebrated on Nov. 10.

Alexander started in the district at McDonough Middle School as a substitute and soon was selected for a full-time position at the school. Alexander said she was “in shock” upon hearing her name announced as the winner.

“I feel overjoyed,” said Alexander. “It’s an amazing feeling I can’t even explain anymore. Winning the first district ESPY means that now it is my turn to reach out and help others by giving back. I love serving the community.”

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The Educational Support Personnel of the Year recognition involves each school and department selecting their top support staff member at the conclusion of each school year, and those individuals are then eligible for the district’s award. A selection committee was tasked with whittling the list down to just three finalists for this year’s overall winner.

Alexander was a finalist along with Premlata Miller (Counselor of the Year – New Hope Elementary) and Nathalie Sealock (Union Grove High School) for the first-ever district award for the top support personnel.

The 2020 ESPY Ceremony was held in a socially-distant fashion at the new Performing Arts Center – Fairview, and all guests in attendance were treated to lunch from The Varsity afterwards.

“This year’s ESPY event was a perfect way to share our appreciation for the hard work and dedication that each one of our support staff and personnel members exhibit on a routine basis to support learning for all of our students,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis. “We truly have the best employees, and they deserve celebrations such as this for all they do.”

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