"Gina is the kind of teacher who would do anything and everything for her students," said Newport Intermediate School Principal Josh Snapp. "Same as with the staff, she always did the little things that would make people smile. We are so sad to see her go."
Superintendent Kelly Middleton said he has special respect for preschool and kindergarten teachers. "Go try working withe little ones, and you'll see what work really is," he joked.
Gina said she appreciated the recognition and loved being a teacher with the Newport Independent Schools.
"I enjoyed being in Newport so much," she said.
"Never stop teaching," Gina told her fellow teacher. "Just keep it going, because the work you do is so very important."