Each year, the local Madison County Retired School Personnel unit honors one of its members as the distinguished Retired Teacher of The Year. This year, that honor has been bestowed upon Jody McKenney.
Jody’s past and present accomplishments bestow her worthy of this honor. A 32-year career in public education as a choral and instrumental music instructor began for Jody in the Joplin School District and was completed in the Fredericktown School District where she retired in 2007.
The Madison County Retired School Personnel assesses this honor based not only on a member’s career in the classroom, but also upon contributions after retirement. Jody became a member of her local unit immediately upon retirement and has remained active since that time, holding officer positions and committee chairperson positions. She has also always been active in regional and state activities for Missouri Retired Educators and Employees.
Outside of the realm of education, Jody is an active member of the Christian Church in Fredericktown, both as church organist and participant in the church’s Women’s Fellowship group as well as Christians In Action. In her community, Jody serves on the Madison County Health Board and the Madison County Extension Council.
Upon being named as the Madison County Retired School Personnel Retired Teacher of The Year, Jody will now be nominated by her local unit as the Distinguished Retiree at the state level. One finalist from each of the state’s fourteen regional nominees will be selected by a committee of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association officers to be honored by recognition and award at the state’s annual meeting in September.