Johnson County Schoolboard member Deb McMahon was awarded the “2010-2011 School Board Member of the Year” for the State of Wyoming at a conference in Casper last Thursday night.
The three-day conference was full of meetings and training sessions, highlighted by the awards banquet. McMahon, who was re-elected as a board member for two more years in the General Election earlier this month, said she was “scared but excited” when she was informed she had won, but was honored to receive the award.
McMahon has served on the school board for eight years, most recently as Chairman for the last two years, Vice Chair for two years before that, and as Clerk two years before that.
McMahon was nominated by the other eight Johnson County School Board members, and her nomination then arrived at the State Board of Education's administrators, who then made the decision on this year's recipient.
McMahon, who has a degree in Special Education, said working with kids is something she has always wanted to do.
As a school board member, she has always been proud of student achievements, but this year, kids in Johnson County schools have scored well on the PAWS tests, even though there were some problems with the test. Also, Johnson County's graduation rate has traditionally been higher than the national average of 72%, and she indicated that last year's rate was a very good 88.9%.
McMahon said she was especially proud when she received the award in front of her junior high principal from her school days as a child.
McMahon said receiving the award was “the highlight of her career.”