East Allen County Schools has announced three recipients of the Golden Apple Awards for the 2019-20 school year.

These individuals are nominated by their co-workers. Administrators and a small group decide on the final nominations and winners.

EACS offered these brief biographies and appreciations.

Tammy Spinelli

New Haven Primary

Miss Tammy Spinelli has worked in EACS for 43 years in several schools including Paul Harding, Meadowbrook, EACS Alternative School and Highland Terrace/New Haven Primary School. According to those who nominated her for this award, Tammy has a servant’s heart, is a lifelong learner, and is a team player. As a paraprofessional, she takes her job seriously, working with the children and staff and taking on new roles with interventions in kindergarten.

She has also been known to bake cookies for the staff at Christmastime, knit scarves as gifts, and sew christening bonnets for new babies.

Tammy is a hidden gem at New Haven Primary and deserves this honor.

Gary Cobb

Woodlan Jr/Sr High School

Mr. Gary Cobb is both a special education paraprofessional and the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Woodlan.

Coach Cobb actively works to build relationships with all students by coming in early to spend time with students and staff. He is kind and patient with students and players and helps them to find their own strengths. Coach Cobb volunteers to coach Woodlan’s Unified Basketball team, which is a combination of both students from the general education and special education population at Woodlan.

He shows kindness and compassion to his students. Woodlan Jr/Sr High School is a better place because of Coach Cobb.

Denny McCreary

Cedarville Elementary

Mr. Denny McCreary is an evening custodian at Cedarville Elementary School.

Denny is known for his love of the Indiana Hoosiers and keeping the atmosphere light-hearted with the staff members. He is professional and exemplifies dedication, hard work, going above and beyond, and remembers we are all here for the kids. He has a listening ear that supports and encourages, and a heart of a servant. Denny entertains students with jump-shots into the trashcan during basketball season and connects with them by listening and sharing stories.

With Denny, our student and staff health and emotional well-being are better each day. Denny brings more joy into the lives of Cedarville Cubs! He will be greatly missed in his retirement.

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