Dozens honored at Leading with the Heart event


Johnston County Public Schools honored 50 employees for going above and beyond in and outside of the classroom at the district’s annual “Leading with the Heart” reception on Feb. 21.

The event, which is inspired from Mike Krzyewski’s book, “Leading with the Heart,” recognizes employees throughout the school system that demonstrate leadership, compassion, and heart on a daily basis.

Each school and central services department selects one person from their staff to be honored at this special event. Those who were recognized all take pride in their work, are meticulous in their work ethic, and are mentors and good role models.

Honorees often volunteer for extra work duties, or they volunteer in the community. They are generous and constantly look for ways to help others, are consistently reliable, respectful, determined, and passionate.

During the celebratory reception, each honoree was recognized by having highlights of his or her appreciated service featured in a special video. Recipients were also presented with a commemorative Leading with the Heart pin and thanked for their service to Johnston County Public Schools by Board of Education Chairman Michael C. Wooten and fellow board members, as well as Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow.

2019 Leading with the Heart recipients from local schools were:

  • Benson Elementary - Tracie Johnson
  • Benson Middle - Ashley Branch
  • Cleveland Elementary - Roni Westbrook
  • Dixon Road Elementary - Candace Bullock
  • Four Oaks Elementary - Tim Holder
  • Four Oaks Middle - Dana Tuggle
  • Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy - Becky Worley
  • Johnston County Early College Academy - Kelly Martin
  • McGee’s Crossroads Elementary - Becky Merrick
  • McGee’s Crossroads Middle - Myra Youngblood
  • Meadow School - Lisa Carr
  • South Johnston High - Brody Massengill
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