Richmond Community Schools employees honored at school board meeting

RICHMOND, Ind. — “Shocked” was the word thrown around at the beginning of the May 11 Richmond school board meeting. Whether it was “definitely,” “completely,” “utterly” or any other all-encompassing adverb, Tori Johnson, Derek Worch, Jamie Thomas and Pam Jacot were all shocked just eight days prior.

The four were honored May 3 at the Richmond Community Schools Celebration of Excellence. Johnson was named the District and Elementary Teacher of the Year, Worch the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Thomas the Administrator of the Year and Jacot the Support Person of the Year.

You could tell just how surprised each of them were by the stories they shared at Wednesday’s meeting.

While she was sitting on stage with the nine other building Teachers of the Year, Johnson said, she turned to Abby King, Westview Elementary’s nominee, and said, “This is as far as we’re going.” Little did Vaile’s fourth-grade teacher know that she won the district honor in just her fourth year on the job.

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Vaile Elementary teacher Tori Johnson's jaw drops after learning she won the Richmond Community Schools Teacher of the Year Award May 3, 2022, at RCS' 25th-annual Celebration of Excellence.

Worch is coming up on his fifth anniversary of starting as a French teacher at Richmond High School, which came about “by chance.”

Worch started subbing in RCS in October 2016 after living abroad for a bit. That following January, he was subbing for an automotive class. During his would-be plan period, he filled in for the French class, which brought back some memories and prompted him to leave a note.

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