Those who know her say Cindy Parrott impacts the lives of numerous children on a daily basis as principal of Roan School, so when Ron Bailey was tasked with passing on the school’s “Thank You for Being the Dalton Difference” coin this month, Bailey said, “It was easy for me” to select Parrott.
“I am honored to pass this coin on to such a wonderful person,” said Bailey, who has worked in Roan’s cafeteria the past seven years. “I cannot think of a more deserving friend, colleague and servant leader than” Parrott.
Parrott leads the school with a positive attitude that is “contagious”; she establishes rewarding relationships with students, staff and parents; she cares for everyone; and she treats all “as if they are her very own family,” Bailey said. “She is compassionate, considerate, upbeat, supportive, and has the biggest heart ever.”
The “Dalton Difference” coins are new this year in the school district. In August, teacher of the year nominees from each of the schools received a coin, encouraged to pass it on and continue to share the coins throughout the year. Roan’s nominee for teacher of the year, Ami Amaro, received the coin for her school, and she soon delivered it to Bailey.
Bailey was flooded with emotions, because of how much the coin means, and due to the fact it came from “such a wonderful lady,” he said. “I was very touched, speechless, surprised and thankful.”
After staff members pass on their Dalton Difference coins, their next step is to post a photo and a brief description of the recipient on the school district’s social media accounts, according to Emily Martin, communications specialist for Dalton Public Schools. Using the hashtag #IAmTheDaltonDifference, it is easy to track the passage of the Dalton Difference coins as they move from one standout staff member to the next.
Parrott deserves the coin because she embodies the Dalton Difference, Bailey said. “I have witnessed (that) kindness and dedication from (her) in and out of the school environment.”
Parrott and her husband, Bruce, have been married for nearly three decades, and she has two stepchildren; she also has several pets. She tries to live each day by a passage from 1 Thessalonians: “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Now, Parrott will get to decide who next receives the coin at Roan, but Bailey has the utmost faith in her judgment, he said. “It’ll go into good hands.”
For her decade-plus of leadership at Roan, her work at the school for 27 years overall, and her efforts in the community, the Daily Citizen-News names Cindy Parrott Citizen of the Week.