DOBSON — Betty Covington has retired from Surry County Schools as its preschool coordinator after a decade in the role.
The county Board of Education honored Covington this past week for her service while also congratulating her replacement.
Starting her career in the late 1980s, Covington spent 10 years working in school systems in Virginia, Mount Airy and Stokes County. In 1997 she joined Surry County Schools as the early childhood facilitator, then became the Even Start coordinator in 2000.
In 2007, Covington became the preschool coordinator and served in that role until the end of December. She plans to spend more time with her husband, Craig, and their sons Tyler, Matt and Seth.
“Betty is a champion for early education and as a result of her leadership, passion, energy and direction, early education and the Pre-K program in Surry County has become a model for the state,” said Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent.
“Betty has fought vigorously over the years as political changes have threatened the existence of Pre-K. She is a true child advocate, a mentor to early educators, and a professional in every sense of the word! I thank Mrs. Betty Covington for her years of service and wish her a very happy retirement.”
Stepping up to fill Covington’s shoes, effective Jan. 17, is current pre-K teacher Kayla Norman, of Rockford Elementary.
A Surry Central alum, Norman earned a bachelor’s degree in child development, birth-kindergarten licensure and K-6 licensure from Meredith College in 2010. She attended college on an N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.
Norman began as a Pre-K teacher at Rockford in 2010. Meanwhile she received a master of education in birth-kindergarten interdisciplinary studies in education and development from UNC Greensboro.
Norman has Level 3 North Carolina early childhood administrator credentials and is a certified regional trainer and coach for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL). She served as a teacher stakeholder for reviewing Foundations professional development in 2014 and as a professional reviewer for NC Early Learning Progressions in 2015.
She represented Rockford Elementary as teacher of the year in 2016 where she was a finalist for the district teacher of the year. She recently became a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, International Honorary Organization for Women Educators.
Norman resides in Dobson with her husband, Jonathan, who is a science teacher at Central Middle School, and their son, Brandon, who is a junior at Surry Central.
• In other administrative news, Jonathan Frasher, the former South Stokes football coach, began serving as assistant principal of East Surry High.
Matthew White, East Surry’s former assistant principal, was named assistant principal at Meadowview Magnet Middle in August.
Mr. Frasher graduated from North Surry in 1991, then received a bachelor of science in physical education and biology from Winston-Salem State University.
He obtained a masters in executive leadership studies from Gardner Webb University. Frasher worked as a classroom teacher for Forsyth and Stokes Counties. He was the head football coach at South Stokes from 2010-15.
Mr. Frasher resides in Pinnacle with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Brynn and Emma Grace.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.