JCJC employees honored for service

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-03-28 15:43:59

ELLISVILLE – Fifty Jones County Junior College faculty and staff members were recently honored for their years of service to the college. Administrators and the JCJC Foundation treated everyone to a catfish lunch and an afternoon of softball. JCJC administrators honored employees for their service at five-year increments, beginning with those who have served at least five years.
The first honoree, Tim Ishee has taught Agriculture Science at Jones for thirty-years. He said he doesn’t have plans to retire because he enjoys teaching students. In fact, the Jones County resident and JCJC alumnus said he can remember the students he’s lost too.
“I’ve lost five students who were involved in car accidents; those were the toughest times for me. However, I love teaching my students so I plan to keep doing what I love,” said Ishee.
Two employees, Teresa Welch and Tim Rayner celebrated 25 years with JCJC. Rayner has been a part of the math department his entire teaching career. After receiving his acrylic trophy he said, “I enjoy going into the classroom at JCJC today as much as I did 25 years ago. Someone once asked me when I would retire and I said when I quit loving going to work.”
Welch has served as the administrative assistant to the president for the last eight years after working 12 years in the Athletics department and three years in the Humanities department. Her favorite thing about working at Jones is the interaction with the students and the blessings she receives from them on a daily basis. 
“My greatest reward is having a student leave my office with a smile, understanding why we may not be able to do exactly what they have requested but leave with an understanding that we care and are here for them. I will always treat each student as I would want someone to treat my own children,” said Welch.
Eight JCJC employees were recognized for their 20 years of service: Tucker Beech-maintenance; Jennifer Powell-computer information systems instructor; Teresa McCreery-public relations director; Diane Johnson-business & office technology instructor; Stephanie Green-social science instructor; David Ray-business administration instructor; Wendy Wilkerson-horticulture instructor; Rick Youngblood-VP of Business Affairs.
Celebrating 15 years of employment at JCJC were Chris Robinson-softball coach; April Phillips-IT; Terri Stringer-health care assistant instructor; Michael Bradshaw-campus operations director; Patti Smith-English instructor; Kerri Pippin-math instructor; Eric Williams-EMT-Paramedic instructor; Stephanie Jones-pharmacy technology instructor.
Twenty-three JCJC employees were recognized for their 10 years of service including Paula Harrison-fine arts; Judy Prine-support services; Willie Jo Breland-housekeeping; Marva Ransom-housekeeping; Crystel Hinton-veterans affairs; Denise Wood-A.D. Nursing secretary; Dr. Giselle Marks-chemistry instructor; Jo Anna Newcomb-alumni association; Deborah Rowell-child care; Webb Evans-workforce development; Shawn Wansley-sports information director; Gabe Bozeman-marketing; Lela Bryan-Jasper County Center; Erica Brock-computer lab; Barry Bradshaw-automotive instructor and industrial services division chair; Brandi Linares-A.D. Nursing instructor; Tina Chisholm-sociology; Margaret Anne James-math instructor; John Burks-speech instructor; Stacy Forbes-mailroom; Jeremiah Estes-biology instructor; Finee’ Ruffin-VP of Marketing; Brian Johnson-turf management.
After five years of employment at JCJC, these eight employees were honored for their service: Josh Ishee-commercial/residential maintenance instructor; Mary Evans-housekeeping; Katelyn Hutchison-humanities & social science secretary; Daniel Pittman-IT; Fred Houston-IT; Menyone Barrow-Greene County Center; Daryll McDonald-Wayne County Center; Shan Cargile-maintenance.

Each honored employee was given a special item designed for each level of achievement: 5 years-small plaque; 10 years-large plaque; 15 years-clock; 20 years-small acrylic trophy; 25 years-medium acrylic trophy; 30 years-large acrylic trophy.


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