The “Be Golden” award is a new faculty and staff recognition program at the high school.
This award is given weekly by a faculty/staff member to another faculty/staff member. Whoever receives the trophy on Friday is responsible for awarding it to someone else the following week. The only criteria are to give it to someone who has done something to make the school a better place.
“With the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative in our school, we want to not only recognize students for being golden but staff members as well,” said Shannon Davis, the award program coordinator. “This is a way to personally thank people we work with every day, but don’t always have the chance to show them how much they are appreciated.”
Last week the award went to Mr. Dan Plummer.
He chose to give the award to Mr. Eric Feather.
Mr. Plummer’s Quote:
I would like to present this award to Eric Feather. Eric has been teaching the art class here at TAHS for many years. He does a great job teaching the young inspiring students. He puts together a wonderful art show every year to present the students fine art skills and masterpieces. This itself is a great task. In addition, Eric helps with many different projects throughout the year for the school and its staff. He collaborates with the musical and comes up with outstanding set designs, and then he and his students put it together. He produces and directs our morning channel “T”. He puts together video clips to represent our school or to inform the staff and students of the culture of our school. He recently has taken on with his students painting murals for the entry ways of several class rooms located in the technical wing. He manages these tasks and more with professionalism and pride. He is a great role model for the students and staff. He is a great representation of our outstanding school. These are just a few things why I think Eric Feather is deserving of the award.
The Eagle Eye interviewed Mr. Feather about being this weeks award winner.
Eagle Eye: What encouraged you to be a teacher?
Eric Feather: I’ve had many supportive people in my life who have encouraged me to teach art. One of the most influential people was the artist Jayne Gayman from Bedford County who taught me how to paint as a child. I remember her being just as excited as me when I would understand and demonstrate a skill she had just taught to me. That joy of sharing an artistic skill with someone else is something I got from her and inspired me to become a teacher.
EE: What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
EF: I love to see the expression of pride on a student’s face when they succeed with an art project.
EE: Is this your dream job? If not, what is?
EF: I love to create art and I do that as much as possible outside of school. Teaching allows me to share that joy with others so, yes…it’s my dream job.