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Halifax County Schools recognized Tashaunna Hughes as the District Employee of The Month for March. 

Hughes serves as a School Counselor at Enfield Middle STEAM Academy. 

School principal Linda Cooper said, “Ms. Hughes is devoted to her work and making an impact on students' lives at Enfield Middle. She is extremely resourceful and innovative and always puts the students and their needs at the forefront.”

Cooper said Hughes consistently makes herself available to students and staff members whenever she is needed. “She is always taking the initiative when help is needed and is a team player. Ms. Hughes provides us with professional development and interventions/strategies to utilize inside and outside of the classroom. Her social-emotional learning lessons are always engaging, and she always provides teachers with proper resources to integrate social-emotional learning into their lesson plans. She demonstrates great leadership within the building and sets a wonderful example for the students at Enfield Middle STEAM Academy.”

Hughes said, “I genuinely love my work at Enfield. Although I am a new counselor, it has been gratifying to be working with students. I have had the opportunity to lead students in the Junior Beta Club, work with eighth-graders on their mock interviewing skills, and support the whole child by providing social-emotional lessons.”

Hughes said she is grateful for the support of Cooper and the school’s staff. “I would also like to thank the board of education and Superintendent (Eric) Cunningham for recognizing me as the employee of the month. Last but not least, I would like to thank my mother, Ms. Middleton, for the support she provides to allow me to be the best version of myself for the students. Thank you again for this recognition.”

Cunningham congratulated Hughes and said her work contributes to supporting the whole student. You are certainly making a difference in our scholars' lives through your support and services.”

Student of the month

Halifax County Schools March student of the month is Aleigha Allen. 

Allen attends Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy and is currently in the 10th grade. Instructor Richard Auka said that Aleigha's strengths are as impressive as her intellectual accomplishments. “She's an active, outgoing presence in class with a great sense of humor. Aleigha is the perfect person to get a group project rolling, but she also knows how to sit back and let others take the lead. Her cheerful nature and openness to feedback means she is constantly learning and growing as a learner, an impressive strength that will continue to serve her well in class and beyond.”

He described Aleigha as a driven, engaging, and curious student who helps “make our classroom a lively environment and safe place to take intellectual risks.”

Aleigha said, "My favorite subject is biology because I get to know more about myself in that class. My thoughts about being the district student of the month are that I am proud of myself because when I was in middle school or even the beginning of high school when we were virtual, I was not the student I am today.”

While going to middle school in Greene County she said, “I always wanted to be the class clown and got in trouble 24/7, but I have seen growth since moving to Roanoke Rapids. I had a rocky start because we were virtual, and I didn't know how to adjust to the new environment. Since we've been back in person, I have been on my ‘A’ game doing what I am supposed to do, and now I am being recognized for my excellent work.”

She said, “I want to give a special thanks to Ms. Johnson for being my personal therapist and always being there for me when I needed her. I would also like to give a special thanks to Mr. Jones for keeping me on top of my game when I started to get rocky. I want to thank Mr. Hunter for encouraging all his students to do better than they did the day before. Last but not least, I would like to thank my mother for her support.”

Said Cunningham: "It is not about how you start, but how you finish.”