On May 18th, Russellville School District hosted the annual RSD End of the Year Celebration. The District recognized all the retirees, Teachers of the Year, gave out Years of Service awards, and introduced the new RSD STORM Award to 10 recipients. Afterward, there was a come-and-go reception for the 2022-2023 retirees.
The retirees are named below. Please note: RSD appreciates all the retirees who have served in the District. Some retirees have chosen not to be announced publicly, and with respect to their wishes, will not be included in this announcement.
Johnny Johnson, 11 years of service at RSD
Joe Sitkowski, 24 years of service at RSD
Melanie Kelley, 33 years of service at RSD
Phyllis Riedmueller, 29 years of service at RSD
Kim Parker, 20 years of service at RSD
Steve Heaton, 24 years of service at RSD
Mary Ann Baker, 43 years of service at RSD
Les Griffiths, 8 years of service at RSD
Pam Grimes, 34 years of service at RSD
Freda Martin, 22 years of service at RSD
Kelly Pickens, 26 years of service at RSD
Paul Gray, 30 years of service at RSD
Kay Dickey, 45 years of service at RSD
Cleo Clark, 14 years of service at RSD
Aimee Mimms, 16 years of service at RSD
Jeanine Humphrey, 34 years of service at RSD
Alan Nolan, 20 years of service at RSD
Renee Ward, 25 years of service at RSD
The RSD Teachers of the Year:
All teachers of the year were nominated and voted on at the school buildings. Every nominee turned in evidence of student growth, a resume, letters of recommendation, a video highlighting their story as an educator, and their message to educators and stakeholders across the state. The RSD Teacher of the Year was chosen from the schools’ teachers of the year. All teachers of the year received a $100 check donated by Roy’s Heating & Air. The RSD Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Savannah Burden, received $1,000 courtesy of Centennial Bank.
2022-2023 Teachers of the Year:
Savannah Burden, RSD Teacher of the Year, Russellville Middle School
Robin Deaton, Center Valley Elementary School
Pam Pilgram Smith, Crawford Elementary School
Mallory Pierce, Dwight Elementary School
Jaci Livermore, London Elementary School
Tracy Dunn, Oakland Heights Elementary School
Ashley Stobaugh, Sequoyah Elementary School
Kelley Honghiran, Russellville Intermediate School
Dylan Erwin, Russellville Junior High School
Candace Freeman, Russellville High School
Britney Austin, Secondary Learning Center
RSD STORM Awards:
This year, the District created the RSD Storm Award. Named by the RHS Rising Educator Students, the RSD STORM Award is for any classified or certified employee who Supports, Teaches, Observes, Recognizes, & Motivates (STORM). All recipients were nominated by their peers.
2023 RSD STORM Award Recipients:
250 staff members also received Years of Service Awards with years of service ranging from 1 year to 45 years in the Russellville School District.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients! Thank you for all you do!