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February 2024 Quarterly Newsletter

Thank you for being a part of our thriving community that continues to serve Henderson County Public Schools by investing in and responding to the whole child and the whole school.


Welcome our 2024 Education Hall of Fame Inductees. Check out their inductee videos on our website: 

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2024 Education Celebration


The exciting event celebrated the stars of Henderson County education – past, present, and future. These stars included the 22nd Education Hall of Fame class, Henderson County’s Principal of the Year, 23 Henderson County Teachers of the Year, and 6 district wide Teachers of the Year. The event included a reception, dinner, and awards program.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to making this event a resounding success. 

2024 Principal of the Year – 
Dr. John McDaris – Rugby Middle School 

2024 Teachers of the Year – 
Elementary Schools
Sheri Moore – Atkinson 
Kat Thompson – Bruce Drysdale
Hannah Campbell – Clear Creek
Christen Blanton – Dana
Lisa Souther – Edneyville
Bailey Hinshaw – Etowah 
Savannah Creasman – Fletcher
Mary Beth Wike – Glenn C. Marlow
Cara Brock – Hendersonville 
Kim Ogle – Hillandale
April Schnibben – Mills River
Melissa Castillo – Sugarloaf
Deborah Fuge – Upward

Middle Schools
Janet Johnson – Apple Valley
Heather Knapp – Flat Rock
Carlee Smith – Hendersonville
Keith Merrill – Rugby

High Schools
Tammy Condrey – Career Academy
Tyler Honeycutt – Early College
James Reed – East
Jessica Houston  – Hendersonville 
Alicia Lyda – North
Kelly Stepp – West


Sporting Clays Tournament 


We want to extend a sincere thank you to all of the donors, volunteers, and participants. 

With everyone’s help, we raised almost $13,000 to support the  Leader in Me initiative throughout Henderson County Public Schools!!

Congratulations to our WINNING team: Harris Home Health

Thank you for our amazing sponsors: 

  • Horizon Heat & Air 
  • Vannoy Construction
  • Southern Alarm Security 
  • Cano Wealth Solutions
  • Duke Energy 


Grow Our Own Graduate – Johanna Bosch-Diaz


First “Grow Our Own” Scholarship Recipient Becomes A Certified Educator in Henderson County Public Schools

Johanna Bosch-Diaz is a recipient of the Grow our Own scholarship in 2022. She was working at Hillandale Elementary School as an instructional assistant and attending online classes at Grand Canyon University.

The Grow Our Own Program is a good opportunity to help teachers fulfill financial obligations without sacrificing valuable time.

Following her graduation, Bosch-Diaz was hired in January 2024 as a full time English as a Second Language teacher at East Henderson High School, becoming the first Grow our Own scholarship winner to finish college and begin working as a certified teacher in the district.

Currently, there are nine recipients of the Grow Our Own scholarship program who are actively pursuing their educational goals.


2023-2024 Scholarship Winners

This year, the HCEF awarded over  $90,000 in scholarships to 42 graduating seniors from Henderson County Public Schools. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of our community and donors who are committed to supporting the educational aspirations of our local students.

Jarely Ramirez Bermejo –  Emil F Hager Scholarship
Jennifer Robles Hernandez –  Hendersonville Lions Club Scholarship
Lindsey Osborne –  Coach Eddie Reneau Memorial Scholarship
Patricia Holbrook –  Community Tennis Association Scholarship
Daniel Lajos –  Donald “Don Don” Burnett Memorial Scholarship
Rosa Pita Landa –  Grow Our Own Scholarship
Valerie Sherlin –  Grow Our Own Scholarship
Ayden Sumner –  John P. Wold Scholarship
Ramsey Ross –  Community Tennis Association Scholarship
Alayna Denny –  Donald “Don Don” Burnett Memorial Scholarship
Kacee Glynn –  Dr. Don Jones Memorial Scholarship
Catherine Egolf –  Hendersonville Lions Club Scholarship
Anahi Salitre Dothe –  John P. Wold Scholarship
Kai Clark –  Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship
Lizbet Roman Antunez –  Community Tennis Association Scholarship
Malaya Zoe Dukes –  Donald “Don Don” Burnett Memorial Scholarship
Sarah Gilbert –  John P. Wold Scholarship
Echo Schwab –  Jones Family Scholarship
Sydney Cooper –  Kathleen Leckie Memorial
Chloe Smith –  McDowell & Cassada Memorial Scholarship
Bailey Rowe –  Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship
Leiann Marshall –  Smith Family Scholarship
Makenzie Sulo –  Smith Family Scholarship
Kain Bemesderfer – North LEADership Scholarship
Mariana Flores Diaz – North LEADership Scholarship
Alexander Cruz- North LEADership Scholarship
Lizbet Roman Antunez- North LEADership Scholarship
Echo Schwab – North LEADership Scholarship
Grant Putnam –  Coach Rick Wood Scholarship
Perci Moore –  Community Tennis Association Scholarship
Anna Turbyfill –  Donald “Don Don” Burnett Memorial Scholarship
Emely Chavez Rosa –  Dr. Don Jones Memorial Scholarship
Marianne Maxon –  Drew Brannon State Championship Scholarship
Karina Garcia Marin –  Grow Our Own Scholarship
Tyquan Clayton –  Historic Johnson Farm Scholarship
Josie Cox –  John P. Wold Scholarship
Kerrigan Cannon –  Lisa Jo Mummert Memorial Scholarship
Karina Garcia Marin –  Meredith Lauren Vaughn Memorial Scholarship
Mason Coren – Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship
Emily King –  Shirley Byrd Nursing Scholarship
William Robinson –  Smith Family Scholarship
Emma Evans –  Tammy Belcher Memorial Scholarship


Spring Fund

Each year, the Henderson County Education Foundation gifts every HCPS principal with $1,000 in discretionary funds to meet day-to-day emergencies and other needs faced by some of the district’s most vulnerable children.

Your continued support has made an incredible impact on the lives of our students, allowing us to provide essential resources and opportunities that they may not have otherwise had access to. Your donations have enabled us to address a wide range of needs, from basic necessities to enriching experiences that contribute to their overall growth and well-being. continued support has made an  opportunities that they may not have otherwise had access to. 

I am pleased to share with you some of the ways in which your funds have been utilized:

Vision Care: Your donations have helped provide eyeglasses for students who were in need, whether it was to replace broken ones, keep a pair at school for emergencies, or simply because they were unable to afford them. Your support ensures that these students can see clearly and participate fully in their education.

Clothing Assistance: With your generosity, we were able to stock school clothing closets with essential items and provide winter coats to students in need. Your contributions have helped ensure that no child goes without proper clothing, especially during the colder months.

Emergency Assistance: Your funds have been instrumental in providing gas cards, food bags, school supplies, and field trip expenses for students facing unexpected challenges. Whether it’s a sudden need for a warm meal or the opportunity to participate in a meaningful education excursion, your support has helped alleviate the burdens faced by these students and their families.

Community Outreach: Your generosity has extended beyond our school walls, allowing us to support a homeless family by providing them with temporary shelter in a hotel during the cold weather. Your kindness and compassion have made a profound difference in their lives, offering them hope and stability during a challenging time.

Your commitment to the well-being and success of our students is truly commendable, and we are immensely grateful for your continued partnership. Your support not only fulfills immediate needs but also fosters a sense of belonging and empowerment within our school community.

As we look to the future, we hope to continue our work in providing essential resources and opportunities for all our students. With your ongoing support, we can ensure that every child has the chance to thrive and reach their full potential.

Once again, thank you for your incredible generosity and dedication to the children of Henderson County Public Schools. We are deeply grateful for your kindness and support.
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