Bedford's Best

Picture of Goodview Elementary School's Bedford's Best Recognition Recipient, Octavia Davis.

Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Goodview Elementary School’s Octavia Davis!

Nomination: “She has always been very nice and exceptionally helpful to me and my children. If my children have any problem she always jumps to help. They love her so much. If we are going through the car rider line they always wish to stop at her. If they get something new or accomplish something new she is one of the first they want to tell. Truly amazing woman and there for the kids.” 

Picture of Liberty High School's Bedford's Best Recognition Recipient, Melissa Friedewald.

Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Liberty High School’s Melissa Friedewald!

Nomination: “Ms. Friedewald has been instrumental in the success of my daughter. She always goes the extra mile for her students - not only academically but emotionally as well. She has revealed talent in my daughter that I truly believe may not have been revealed without the instruction that Ms. Friedewald provided.”

Picture of Huddleston Elementary School's Bedford's Best Recognition Recipient, Glenn Hancock.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Huddleston Elementary School Bus Driver, Glenn Hancock!

Nomination: “Mr. Glenn is always there for the children on his bus. He always does his very best to keep them safe. He spoils them at Christmas time, etc. He sends them cards in the mail when something is going on in their life to raise their spirits. He is always there for them no matter what. He goes above and beyond. We wouldn’t want any other bus driver.”

Picture of Forest Middle School's Bedford's Best Recognition Recipient, Jim Fitch.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Forest Middle School’s Jim Fitch!

Nominations: “Mr. Fitch was my 8th grade geometry teacher last year, and he is the best teacher I have ever had. Mr. Fitch is one of those teachers you remember years after you leave their class. He is always fair, very kind, and extremely funny. He really helped me when I was struggling with math, and always encouraged all of his students to do their best.”

“He is the best teacher I have ever had. I got the best math grade that I’ve had in my entire student career, even though geometry was really hard for me. His teaching style was versatile and fit each student’s individual needs.”

Picture of Bedford Elementary and Liberty High School's Bedford's Best Recognition Recipient, Patrick Northrup.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Bedford Elementary and Liberty High School Crossing Guard, Patrick Northrup!

Nomination: “He has a very dangerous job standing there directing traffic on 122. He does an amazing job keeping the traffic flowing in and out smoothly. You can definitely tell when he isn’t there or someone else is directing traffic because things get backed up and don’t flow as smoothly. He has a job that we all take for granted. He puts himself out there in front of those vehicles and does it efficiently no matter what the weather. He directs traffic at Bedford Elementary and then drives over to Liberty Middle/High School.”

Picture of Otter River Elementary School's Bedford's Best Recognition Recipient, Bethany Lyle.
Bedford County Public Schools in partnership with the Bedford Area Educational Foundation will be using our Bedford’s Best program to recognize two staff members a month in our school division who go above and beyond to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Here is our first Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient for this school year. Congratulations to Otter River Elementary School’s Bethany Lyle!

Nominations: “I am not sure I can explain just how much Mrs. Lyle has helped our daughter during these past few years. I do not mean with covid related problems, I just mean our daughter needed someone to talk to that wasn't us. She needed someone who could listen and understand, and also help teach her the tools that she needed to handle things better. My daughter came home after first meeting with Mrs. Lyle and the first thing she said was, “Mom, Mrs. Lyle just understands me, she gets me!” Last year we had so many changes all in 1 month. It was a lot. Mrs. Lyle was the glue that held me and my daughter together. I am not sure how my daughter would have handled everything without Mrs. Lyle being there to support and understand. We are so happy Mrs. Lyle ended up at Otter River, and without a doubt, she is one that I consider to be Bedford’s Best. She is so deserving of this recognition.”

“When our daughter was having a rough time handling her emotions and we could tell something just was not right. We asked Mrs. Lyle to speak with her. She has been a very important part of our daughter's growth and has helped her find new ways to cope with the things that bother her. I am so appreciative to Mrs. Lyle because she truly helped our daughter through a very tough time. There are many other staff and faculty at Otter River who deserve recognition, but I believe that the love and kindness that Mrs. Lyle shows each and every student (and family) that comes through her door deserves to be recognized.”

Picture of Forest Elementary School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Forest Elementary School's Taylor Murphy.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Forest Elementary School's Taylor Murphy!

Nomination: "Ms. Murphy has been an exceptional teacher for my child. She brings out the best in her every day. She not only pushes the children to exceed their potential every day, but also assists them to give them much needed encouragement. Ms. Murphy has been by far one of the best examples of a true and caring role model for my child. You know that you have an amazing teacher when your child comes home and begs to send her a message through Dojo to say she misses her. Thank you for leading our young minds!”Picture of Staunton River Middle School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Staunton River Middle School's Amanda Heffelfinger.

Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Staunton River Middle School’s Amanda Heffelfinger!

Nomination: "Mrs. Heffelfinger has been a solid support system for my daughter at Staunton River Middle. Showing compassion, understanding, and offering solutions to help her with hard days. I appreciate the extra effort and care!"

Picture of New London Academy and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, New London Academy's Jennifer Foust.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, New London Academy’s Jennifer Foust!

Nomination: “I often think school psychologists' work goes unnoticed & they really are such an important piece to our schools. Mrs. Foust is no exception, she is the BEST and goes above & beyond every day to provide support to students, staff, & parents! She is always willing to provide suggestions & help implement strategies for kiddos. She takes the time to help support parents in understanding the special education eligibility process. Lastly, she is always willing to provide a listening ear to staff and help to support them in any way she can.”

Picture of Goodview Elementary School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Goodview Elementary School's Marianne Masters.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Goodview Elementary School’s Marianne Masters!

Nomination: "All of my kids love Mrs. Masters, she’s taught them all in P.E. Class. But during the 2020-21 school year she was my youngest child’s homeroom teacher for second grade. Classes were small with so many new restrictions and rules. I was worried it would be such a hard and sad year for my kids, especially the little one. But she told me it was the best year ever and Mrs. Masters is the best. I’m so grateful that Mrs. Masters made the year so great. They did fun things, they learned in a fun atmosphere and got to be kids with a teacher that’s always positive. There is no wonder why all the kids love her."

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Jefferson Forest High School's Justin Silvey.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Jefferson Forest High School’s Justin Silvey!

Nomination: "We transferred in from another school district last year and there was quite a bit of challenge adjusting to not only a new school district, but to hybrid learning as well. The entire counseling staff was so great last year helping us with the transition. A few weeks ago, my daughter had some questions around her GPA and sent Mr. Silvey an email. He took time to sit with her and explain things so clearly in regards to her GPA. What I loved most is the time he took to ask incredible questions in regards to her overall health. When he spoke with me on the phone after and explained his questions, I was thankful to have someone so intentional with the students he interacts with. His questions should be standard for all ages because I’ve made a point to ask them to others and the response is inspiring. He is changing his part of the world one student (and parent) at a time. Mr. Silvey is truly the Best! "

Picture of Stewartsville Elementary School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Stewartsville Elementary School Bus Driver, Annette Martin.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Stewartsville Elementary School Bus Driver, Annette Martin!

Nomination: "My children have been riding her bus for 5 years now. She always goes out of her way for them and all of the students on her bus. When it's their birthdays, she gives gifts and celebrates holidays with them. Also, she goes out of her way if we are having trouble in the morning. She will wait for us and always goes out of her way to make sure we are aware of any delays or changes. She buys gifts and cute masks for the kids out of her own money. I can just tell that she loves the kids and loves her job. She is truly a blessing to us.”

Picture of Liberty High School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Liberty High School's Aaron Turner.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Liberty High School’s Aaron Turner!

Nomination: "Mr. Turner has been instrumental in the transition of my son from middle to high school. He has taken the time to get to know my son, which is no easy task, as he has trouble trusting most adults. Mr. Turner is what you envision when you hear people talk about a teacher that changed their life. He takes the time, he invests in the kids he teaches, he makes sure he learns about what interests them so he can engage them in conversation and be THEIR PERSON.....which goes such a long way these days. He also holds them accountable....when Mr. Turner is disappointed in them, the kids feel that deeply. Mr. Turner is, by far, the embodiment of today's teacher. He realizes that connection matters along with academics and that the kids are more than a paycheck. We should have more teachers like him in Bedford County."

Picture of Boonsboro Elementary School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Boonsboro Elementary School Bus Driver, Harry Ford

Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Boonsboro Elementary School Bus Driver, Harry Ford!

Nomination: “Mr. Harry has been my daughter’s bus driver for the past 3 years. She was so scared to ride the bus in Kindergarten a few years ago, and we were able to meet him one-on-one by chance in the parking lot at open house. He was so kind then (easing her fears), and has continued to show that same kindness every day. We love seeing him pull up and give us both a wave in the morning. Bus drivers are so important and have such an impactful job, and I’m grateful that I know my daughter is in safe hands every day. He is kind, always smiling (behind his mask), and makes it a point to wave and say hello every day. Keep up the great work, Mr. Harry! Your dedication doesn’t go unnoticed!” 

Picture of Liberty Middle School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Liberty Middle School's Scott Graham.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Liberty Middle School’s Scott Graham!

Nomination: “Scott Graham is the representation of what all educators should be! He is very involved with all the students, facility, staff, and parents. He is patient, kind, loving, encouraging, and above all, he truly cares for all of his students as if they were his own children. He motivates them to see the best within themselves and pushes them to be the best version of themselves daily.”

Picture of Staunton River Zone schools/logos and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Staunton River Zone's Sherry Ayers.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Staunton River Zone’s Sherry Ayers!

Nomination: “Sherry is stretched working throughout the Staunton River Zone and still has the capacity and zeal to meet each family, with whom she works, where they are! She is vibrant and puts a smile on so many faces by simply being who she is. She works passionately and tirelessly with/for our students and families. She goes above and beyond the call of duty, and we appreciate her care and dedication!”

Picture of Forest Middle School and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Forest Middle School’s Becky Mays.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Forest Middle School’s Becky Mays!


Nomination: “Becky truly understands how to meet a student where they are and will make over 1000 attempts for them to feel successful, welcomed and a part of a large learning community invoking success and true understanding. She recognizes that teaching is more than just making sure that students have the content. Especially during these very unusual teaching times, she is able to balance multiple grades and multiple learning losses while still allowing each student to feel appreciated and accomplished. Isn’t that what we really want in all of our teachers?”

Picture of Bedford Primary Sign and nomination for our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Bedford Primary School’s Katie Clark.
Congratulations to our Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient, Bedford Primary School’s Katie Clark!

Nomination: “I spent a lot of time volunteering at BPS when my son was there. I remember the first time I saw Katie Clark interacting in the cafeteria with her students - it was something I had never really seen before. The absolute love she has for her students is so evident. She is patient, kind, and puts so much into her job as a Special Education teacher. I always noticed how good she was with her kids, and how she put her all in every single day. I’m sure the parents of her kids know how lucky they are - as I was just someone who observed on multiple occasions what an amazing teacher she is! She is truly deserving of recognition!”

Picture of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and the nominations for Bedford's Best Recognition for Thomas Jefferson Elementary School staff member Barbara Augenreich.
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ongratulations to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Barbara Augenreich, who received two nominations and is our next Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient!
Nomination 1 Stated: “Mrs. Augenreich is an advocate for her present and past students. She is a team player within her school and is adored by parents. She takes the time to get to know her students and treats everyone equally.”
Nomination 2 Stated: “First and foremost, Mrs. Augenreich’s commitment to her students as well as her role as a teacher is nothing short of extraordinary. Barbara’s kindness, dedication, communication with parents, and wealth of knowledge & experience are just a few of her wonderful attributes. With her guidance and love, my twin boys have grown to be confident in their abilities as students. In my 20+ years of being in education, never have I encountered a teacher with such grace and love for her career. She is the teacher that my sons will forever remember and she is the kind of teacher that I hope will attend my sons’ graduation in years to come. She is THAT teacher…”
Picture of Staunton River High School and the nomination for Bedford's Best Recognition for Staunton River High School staff member Chad Proctor.
Here is our first Bedford’s Best Recognition Recipient. Congratulations to Staunton River High School’s Chad Proctor!
Nomination Stated: “This is our first year in Bedford County Schools. Mr. Proctor has made it a great transition! Very professional and helpful with me as a parent and with helping my children! He has made us feel like we are actual people and not just part of his “case load.” Whether certain things are a part of his job or not, he has made it seem like he cares and goes above and beyond! I have had several “case managers” but Mr. Proctor is the best by far!”
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