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JCPS names 2018 Adult Volunteer of the Year

Steve Pleasants of Cleveland Middle School was named the 2018 Johnston County Public Schools Adult Volunteer of the Year at the annual PTA/PTO Council Meeting Banquet, held at Smithfield-Selma High School.

Pleasants spends much of his free time volunteering at the same school his wife, Kelly, teaches. He has volunteered at Cleveland Middle for the last 12 years, and is on track to accumulate more than 80 volunteer hours this school year.  

School staff say Pleasants volunteers his time relieving teachers of carpool duty, or operating the front doors now that they stay locked due to security improvements. He is known to stay after school hours with students waiting for parents to come pick them up, and to make small moments with students count, in turn building larger relationships with them.

Staff say that although the work he puts into assisting the school is priceless, he is humble in his service, pouring in hours each week behind the scenes to provide for faculty and students at Cleveland Middle.  Pleasants is known for going above and beyond, exceeding expectations as a volunteer and friend.

The runners up for the Volunteer of the Year Award were Floyd Owens from Cooper Academy, Mary Kay Clapp from Swift Creek Middle, and Joy Kemple Martin from Princeton Middle/High.

Adult and youth volunteer of the year candidates who were recognized at the banquet are:




Archer Lodge Middle 

Kathleen Stuckey

Synergy Doughtery

Benson Elementary

Susan Wilson

Diana Castro-Gutierrez

Benson Middle

Bobbie Hall

Christian A. Flores

Clayton High

Kimberly Neptune

Kimber Blackburn

Clayton Middle

LaChandle Nowling

Jamie Suggs

Cleveland Elementary

Valerie Feick

Emma Wright

Cleveland High

Jeff Garner

Tiffany Robertson

Cleveland Middle

Steve Pleasants

Melanie Brinson

Cooper Elementary

Floyd Owens

Tay’Von Evans

Corinth-Holders Elementary

Connie Pilkington

Kadelyn Alford

Corinth Holders High

Jeff Feely

Hannah Hill

Dixon Road Elementary

April Byrd

Lillian Bullock

East Clayton Elementary

Gretchen Weakley

Sophia Freeman

Four Oaks Middle

Becky Shearer

Dylan Hyer

Glendale-Kenly Elementary

Tracie Creech

Jordan Hodge

Innovation Academy

Charles Brewer

Nour Issa

Jo. Co. Career & Tech. Leadership

Suzanne Foy

Yolanda Palma Barrera

Jo. Co. Early College Academy

Sein Hein

Makayla Brewington

Jo. Co. Middle College High

Tessa Thompson

Ashton Wilkins

McGee's Crossroads Elementary

Pattie Dixon

Stone Strickland

McGee's Crossroads Middle

Nancy Gibbs

Crystal Lopez Alvarez

Meadow School

Laura Stanley

Emma Stewart

Micro Elementary

Rebecca Tittle

Lydia Crocker

North Johnston High

Teresa Lewis

Tanner Holland

North Johnston Middle

Jennifer Johnson

Madalyn Godwin

Pine Level Elementary

Suzanne Napier

Cooper Hall

Polenta Elementary

Jennie Sapoch

Morgan Clos

Powhatan Elementary

Jennifer Danko

Dulany Doyle

Princeton Elementary

Samantha Godwin

Juelz Peters

Princeton Middle/High

Joy Kemple Martin

Casey Mitchell

River Dell Elementary

Louise Noel

Leah Markowski

Riverwood Elementary

Tori Stewart

Leah Markowski

Riverwood Middle

Lori Horstman

Evan Bonham

Selma Elementary

Bryon McAllister

Sara Alfonzo Betancourt

Selma Middle

Natziel Alvarez Acosta

Brittany Traverson

Smithfield Middle

Eleanor Edwards

Jacqueline Barboza-Garcia

Smithfield-Selma High

Troy Brindle

Lindsay Corbett

South Johnston High

Macon Stafford

Charlie Rosenburg

South Smithfield Elementary

Dr. Willie Smith

Jaemy Arevalo Medina

Swift Creek Middle

Mary Kay Clapp

Abby Vancelette

West Clayton Elementary

Melinda Speelman

Amelia Tuccelli

West Johnston High

Tamara Wilson

Summer Lanier

West Smithfield Elementary

Sue Glithero

Giovanni Sausedo

West View Elementary

Krystal O’Mara

Walker McLamb

Wilson's Mills Elementary

Alicia Hellis

Tamia Smith

Volunteer of the Year Photo 1

PHOTO1:  Johnston County Public Schools recognized the Volunteers of the Year at the annual PTA/PTO Council Meeting Banquet held at Smithfield-Selma High on April 23. Photographed (from left) are Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten, JCPS 2018 Adult Volunteer of the Year Steve Pleasants, runners up Floyd Owens, Mary Kay Clapp, and Joy Kemple Martin, and Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow.

Volunteer of the Year Photo 2

PHOTO2: Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow (right) presents Steve Pleasants (left) with the 2018 Johnston County Public Schools Adult Volunteer of the Year Award.