CLEVELAND - Each year, the northeast Georgia school districts in the Pioneer RESA area honor an individual who has a strong commitment to improving the educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
The award is given in the name of Phillip Wright who created a legacy of service in the area. Each local school district selected an individual who demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Wright - service, deep respect and regard, commitment, and advocacy for children with special needs.
This year's winners were recognied at a luncheon Friday at Babyland General Ballroom in Cleveland.
The winners and the school systems they represent are as follows:
Gainesville - Jerry Castleberry
Hall County - Lesley Congdon
White Count y- Jane Grillo
Banks County - Melinda Caudell
Habersham County - Margie Holbrook
Dawson County - Melanie Spooner
Alpine Program - Anna Arthur
Lumpkin County - Susann Hirst