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Faculty and Staff Recognized for Outstanding Service, Longevity to Ravenscroft

On May 20, faculty and staff gathered for the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition event, at which special awards were given, milestone years of service were recognized and retiring colleagues were honored.

Congratulations to these faculty and staff members who were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the school:

  • Maintenance technician Orlando Fenner and IT specialist Chris Michael were recognized with the Helton Award. This award, established by Charles and Barbara Helton in 1991, recognizes faculty and staff for excellence in teaching and distinguished service to the school.

  • Upper School world language teacher Katie Barnwell, Upper School math teacher Karen Carroll, Middle School math teacher Shayla Coleman, P.E. teacher and head athletic trainer Tim Savage and Middle School language arts teacher Amy Tomblinson received the Qubain Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes and rewards outstanding full-time teachers at Ravenscroft. Janet and Munther Qubain established the award in 2002.

  • Lower School music teacher and choir director Katie O’Neill was given the Parents’ Association Distinguished Faculty Award. Established by a special endowment in 2000, the award recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in teaching.

  • Fourth-grade teacher Crystal Keefe received the O’Herron

    Distinguished Faculty Award, established by the O’Herron Foundation to honor exceptional educators.

Faculty and staff reaching milestone year of service were also recognized. They included:

10 Years of Service       

Chris Farrow

Chris Jackson

15 Years of Service

Shelly Micyus

Amy Pendergrass


20 Years of Service

Jonathan Avery

Cynthia Fordham

Doreen Kelly

David McChesney

Melissa Spainhour

25 Years of Service

Terri Bednarz

Debbie Pirotte

35 Years of Service

Greg Long

Longevity Recognition

Renee Riggs (32 years)

Steve Swaim (33 years)

Chris Harper (36 years)

Janet Smith (36 years)

Ned Gonet (38 years)

Melony Lightfoot (38 years)


In addition, four employees — who have notched a combined 113 years of service to Ravenscroft — were honored as they prepare to retire: Middle School P.E. teacher and coach Jimmy Cox (42 years), Upper School world languages teacher Steve Swaim (33 years), Middle School visual arts teacher Roz Cooper (26 years) and IT specialist Alix Charles (12 years). Charles will continue to serve as head coach for the boys varsity soccer team.