Long time educator Mildred Wilkerson, who has retired from teaching, now is retiring from public service as a school board member. The Board and Superintendent Anderson both said they will miss her and her continued discipline of Board member Mark Davis. A reception and recognition was held Tuesday morning.
During the Walton School Board meeting, Jerry Christopher Jones, son of former school board member Jerry Jones and Walton commissioner Cecilia Jones, presented Mrs. Wilkerson with a plaque. He said she not only taught science, but taught about life. Jones said Wilkerson taught hard work, doing your best and making something of yourself. She was Christopher’s eighth grade science teacher at Walton Middle School. Mrs. Wilkerson said Chris was one of five valedictorians and she is proud of all five boys. He said you did not want a spanking from her.
The audience had staff and a number of principals. Board member Sharon Roberts thanked Mrs. Wilkerson for all her years serving the children and district. She also noted the retirement of Mrs. Russell, from Maude Saunders Elementary.
Board member Faye Leddon told Mrs. Wilkerson she enjoyed working with her, that she is a good mentor and kept Mark Davis strait. Wilkerson sat next to Davis at Board meetings and often corrected him when he got too excited with his language. Dennis Wallace told Wilkerson it was a real pleasure getting to know her. He said she has been a good listener and provided a lot of years of wisdom.
Superintendent Carlene Anderson told Mrs. Wilkerson they have been concerned about her leaving because she has been an anchor. Anderson said Mrs. Wilkerson and her go back 37 years to Anderson’s first job at Walton Middle School. She said Mrs. Wilkerson mentored here and mothered her and still does. She values her friendship and considers her family. Anderson said her daughter had Mrs. Wilkerson and says she was a strict teacher. She feels it is because of her strictness and her expectation of her students to behave and pay attention that she learned more than in any other class. Especially important since Anderson also taught her daughter.
Mrs. Wilkerson tells WZEP First News she feels good about the retirement. She says she is glad to not have to be available to everyone and be able to do what she wants.
The Walton School Board will meet on the 20th for a reorganization meeting, followed by an executive meeting and a special call meeting. The swearing in will take place at the Courthouse at 8:45 am.