Prim, McCoy win school system’s top honors

Staff Report

Clyde Prim and Jeff McCoy took top honors Tuesday at a meeting of the Pulaski County School Board.

Prim was named Pulaski County Public Schools 2017 Employee of the Year.

He has been an employee of Pulaski County Public Schools for 21 years and is a Custodian at Pulaski County High School, in the Career and Technical Education Center.   Prim was named the February 2017 Employee of the Month, by the Pulaski County School Board.

“As we all know, Mr. Prim, is more than a school custodian,” said School Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers.

The person who nominated Prim stated that, “he takes great pride in the shape, condition, safety and appearance of his building.  He responds quickly to fix problems or vandalism because he says, ‘if the kids see it that way, it will just make more problems.’”

However, what really sets Mr. Prim apart is his care for students and the pre-school children at the CTE building.  They see him as a confidant, someone to seek out for counsel, and a friend.  Mr. Prim is the face of the CTE building.

“Mr. Prim is truly deserving of this recognition and Pulaski County Public Schools is proud to announce him as the 2016-2017 Employee of the Year,” said Dr. Siers.

McCoy, a drama teacher at Pulaski County High School, has been named Pulaski County Public Schools 2017 Teacher of the Year.

The School Board named McCoy as its Pulaski County Public Schools March Teacher of the Month.

McCoy has been employed with Pulaski County Public Schools for 38 years.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1978 and a Master of Science in Education for (Education Student Personnel Service) or Guidance, in 1989.  Both of these degrees were from Virginia Tech.  He also earned a Theatre Certification from Radford University and Virginia Tech in 1998.

McCoy began this teaching career at Hiwassee Elementary in 1979, teaching fourth and fifth grade.  In 1982, he moved to Pulaski Middle to teach sixth grade.  McCoy added the after-school theatre program while at Pulaski Middle.

He has been teaching at Pulaski County High School since 1995, where he is the current drama teacher.  During his tenure, McCoy’s theatre arts productions have been recognized at the state, regional and local levels.

“Mr. McCoy is a dedicated professional with high expectations for his students.  He is a talented instructor who shares his love of drama with each child. His drama productions are created with skill and precision, and Jeff always recognizes the individuality of his students.  Students are involved in all aspects of productions from set design to acting.  Mr. McCoy does a yearly production that utilizes the talents of many children who attend Pulaski County Public Schools,” said Dr. Siers.