Four PGPS employees honored for service to schools

By: Meredith Baker | Twitter: PGJournal
Posted: February 2, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. 

PRINCE GEORGE – The school board recognized four employees for their service at a recent meeting. Brenda Lockhart-Clary, Wanda Gilbert, Tami Bowman, and Kathleen Nicholas were honored for a variety of contributions to the school division and to students. 

Brenda Lockhart-Clary is a special education teacher at Prince George High School, but her recognition resulted from something that happened outside the classroom. Principal Mike Nelson said that one day at lunchtime, a student started choking, and Lockhart-Clary stepped in to perform the Heimlich maneuver, which was successful.  

Brenda Lockhart-Clary is honored for stepping in to help a choking student. (Meredith Baker)

“I’m really proud of Ms. Lockhart-Clary and what she did for this student,” Nelson said.  

Wanda Gilbert and Tami Bowman have recently completed the renewal process for their National Board Certifications. Gilbert teaches health and physical education at the high school, and Bowman teaches art at South Elementary. Gilbert said the achievement would not have been possible without the help of their colleagues. She compared pursuing the initial certification to being in college full-time while teaching and pursuing the recertification to taking a part-time college load. 

“It was hard work, but it’s very worth doing because I’ve learned a lot,” Gilbert said. “I feel like I’ve grown as a professional and as a teacher, and I really feel that my students benefit from the process that we went through.”

Wanda Gilbert, left, and Tami Bowman receive recognition for being National Board Certified teachers (Meredith Baker)

Kathleen Nicholas, the cafeteria manager at David A. Harrison Elementary, is retiring. Food and Nutrition Coordinator Lana Pearce spoke about Nicholas’s contribution to Prince George, saying that she has served as a positive role model for students and staff. 

“Kathy is one of those managers that has gone over and beyond time and time again,” Pearce said. 

Nicholas has worked at Harrison for the last five years, but she is retiring with 22 total years of experience in Prince George.

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