Local Extension Professionals Receive Awards & Recognition

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Several Burke County Cooperative Extension Staff Members were recently recognized during the State Extension Conference, “Honoring our Past…Creating our Future,” held in Raleigh, NC.

Donna Teasley, Consumer Horticulture Extension Agent and Spring Williams-Byrd, County Extension Director both of Burke County center, recently received a Search for Excellence Award and professional development scholarships from N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Teasley was honored at Cooperative Extension’s state conference held in Raleigh Nov. 4-6. She was recognized as the recipient of the Search for Excellence in Agriculture Award. This award is to promote and identify professional excellence within all facets of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Williams-Byrd was also recognized at Cooperative Extension’s state conference held in Raleigh Nov. 4-6. She received the Dr. Billy and Wilma Caldwell Extension Leadership Award for County Extension Directors as a professional development award to increase professional competencies in leadership for County Extension Directors. In addition, Williams-Byrd received the Dr. George and Mrs. Virginia Hyatt Extension Scholarship Award. The scholarship is dedicated to professional development of the career Extension worker.

Eleanor Summers, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Donna Teasley, Consumer Horticulture Extension Agent and John Davis, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent were also recognized recently for their service to Burke County, North Carolina Cooperative Extension AND to the state of North Carolina.

Summers was honored for her work with Burke County Cooperative Extension since 1997. Teasley was recognized for her service since 2002. Davis celebrated his 5 years of service milestone in 2012 with Burke County Cooperative Extension. All were honored during the State Extension Conference with an Awards Reception.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension provides practical education you can trust, to help people businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Extension serves citizens of the state’s 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, providing education and technical assistance based on research from North Carolina’s land-grant universities, North Carolina State and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical universities.

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Left to right Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Wilma Caldwell, Spring Williams-Byrd, Burke County Extension Director, Dr. Billy Caldwell, and Dr. Fletcher Barber, associate administrator of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Program.

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Left to right Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Jimmy Gentry, president of the North Carolina State Grange, Donna Teasley, Burke County Extension Agent, and Dr. Fletcher Barber, associate administrator of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Program.

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Photo of Spring Williams-ByrdSpring Williams-ByrdCounty Extension Director (828) 764-9480 (Office) spring_williams@ncsu.eduBurke County, North Carolina
Posted on Dec 16, 2013
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