Vienna Grade School recently honored two long-time teachers during their retirment reception.
Suzanne Dixon and Cherie Hill retired at the end of the school year. Both women have taught school for over 30 years each.
Suzanne Dixon graduated from Vienna Grade School and Vienna High School. Other than her time at college and one year working as a teacher’s aide at Buncombe, she has spent most of her lifetime in the Vienna school systems.
Dixon begain her career at Vienna in 1979. She taught grades 3 through 5 during her tenure. She spent the last 27 years teaching the 4th grade classes.
During her time at Vienna, Dixon said some of the most notable changes she has seen is the higher learning standards, the advancement of technology and the continued growth of the school and its building. She said the building has tripled in size since she began there.
“I feel it is an honor watching the students grow, and seeing what they have chosen to do as adults,” she said.
Cherie Hill was hired to teach Head Start in Vienna shortly after graduating from Greenville College in 1978.
After one year with the Vienna Head Start program, Hill transferred to Dongola School District to teach kindergarten. She was at Dongola for 11 years.
In 1990, Hill was hired by Vienna Grade School to help develop the Tunnel Hill Pre-K program. She served in this capacity for four years.
Hill begain teaching 1st grade class in 1994 and continued until becoming the reading teacher in the 2003-04 school year.
Teaching children to read has been the most rewarding part of her teaching career.
State testing procedures and educational standards were some of the biggest changes during Hill’s time at Vienna.
“I feel that the Response Intervention Team (RIT) established at Vienna Grade School has been one of the most positive things that has happened at the school,” Hill said.
The RIT evaluates the students needs and recommends adjustments accordingly.
Hill hopes to continue helping some with the kindergarten through 3rd grade classes.