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DKG nominates three educators for state awards

The local Alpha Lambda chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International nominated three local educators for DKG awards.

Nominated were Dr. Jan King, Marilyn Yoder and Anne Boyette.

King, an assistant superintendent with the Henderson County Public Schools, has been nominated for the state DKG Founders Award reserved for women who have made outstanding contributions beyond the local and regional levels.

In March King will have spent 28 years serving the students and staff of Henderson County public schools with a wide range of classroom experience and educational leadership. She began her education career with the school system in 1992 as a classroom teacher at Dana Elementary, Apple Valley Middle and West Henderson High schools. She then became a specialist for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted programs at West Henderson High, Hendersonville Middle, Bruce Drysdale Elementary and Edneyville Elementary schools, before serving as an instructional coach for all the county's high schools.

In 2006, King was named assistant principal at Hendersonville High and then principal at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary in 2007. While leading Marlow, King won the district’s principal of the year award twice, ultimately advancing in the statewide competition and representing the school system's as the North Carolina Principal of the Year during school year 2010-11.

In 2011, King moved to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction where she served as professional development lead for Region 8 and then regional lead for Regions 7 and 8 — where she served 37 school districts for three years. King returned to Henderson County in 2015 as director of school learning and leadership development, then was promoted to chief professional development officer, where she was responsible for coordinating support for beginning teachers, beginning principals, the aspiring administrators program and ongoing professional development for teachers and administrators districtwide.

King has spent her time as assistant superintendent supporting educators and the students they serve in Henderson County through her leadership on the N.C. Association of Supervisors of Curriculum & Instruction board and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Chief Academic Officers Advisory Committee.

Following more than 40 years in education as an elementary teacher and college professor, Yoder retired from Bruce Drysdale Elementary School as a reading specialist in 2008. From 2009 to 2011 she served as the volunteer coordinator for Bruce Drysdale.

She has been nominated for the North Carolina DKG Golden Key Award that honors Delta Kappa Gamma members who have made significant contributions to Delta Kappa Gamma at various levels of the Society. Yoder’s service includes two terms as Alpha Lambda president. The Golden Key Award is designed for those members who are often in the background getting things done without personal glory or gain for themselves.

Boyette, a National Board Certified teacher in the Henderson County Public Schools, has been nominated for the N.C. DKG Rising Star Award, which recognizes and encourages key women educators in their early years of active membership in N.C. DKG. These members demonstrate exceptional growth in education, leadership and contributions to the organization.

Boyette has worked as AIG specialist, Honors Language Arts 6 and 7 and English I teacher at Hendersonville Middle School since 2014. She was the teacher of the year at Hendersonville Middle in 2019-2020. In addition, Boyette was the 2016 North Caroliniana Society N.C. History Teacher of the Year and the 2018 N.C. National History Day Teacher of the Year.

DKG International is an organization which promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators as well as excellence in education. Alpha Lambda, the local chapter of DKG organized in 1958, is made up of women educators in Henderson County.