During the Mountain Home Public Schools faculty and staff convocation on Friday, August 12 in Dunbar Auditorium, Phillip Taylor, teacher at Mountain Home Junior High and assistant football coach, was presented with a $3,500 furniture shopping spree presented by Brad and Sarah Butler of Butler Furniture.
The Butlers, who were both educators before returning to Mountain Home to join the family business, have made this shopping spree a tradition over the past three years. Brad, who graduated from Mountain Home High School in 2008, said that educators deserve honors like this and more. “A lot of times the job that you guys do goes unrecognized,” he told the faculty. “My wife and I were both teachers, and I am a product of this school system, and we are just so grateful for the work you do, so we wanted to honor you.”
Each year administrators nominate educators from their buildings, and after identifying information is removed, the Butlers select the shopping spree recipient. At the convocation, Brad read a short description of Taylor that helped him and Sarah decide that he was the right choice as this year’s recipient. “He is an incredible supporter and encourager to his colleagues. He fosters relationships with everyone he meets, takes the time to truly learn about people, and never misses an opportunity to thank people for their hard work. You won’t meet anyone with a better attitude.”
Taylor said he was honored to receive this recognition. “On behalf of my wife Shannon, and our kids Kelly, Mallorie, and Bradley, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the Butler family for their amazing generosity and ongoing support of Mountain Home Public Schools,” he said. “This gift will be one to remember for a very long time.”
District Superintendent Dr. Jake Long expressed his gratitude to the Butlers and his admiration of Taylor. “The Butlers have been so generous to our school district, and I cannot begin to thank them for continuing to pour into our staff in this way,” he said. “I believe every teacher in our district deserves recognition like this, but I have to say that Coach Taylor’s heart for both kids and his colleagues is so special, and I am incredibly happy to see him receive this gift.”