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Gallatin, Tennessee
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Sunday, May 24, 2015
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4M • SUNDAY,MAY24,2015 SUMNER Save the Date! You Are Invited to Lunch with University of Tennessee Football Coach Butch Jones Benefi tting COMPASS Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Doors open at 10:30 am Long Hollow Baptist Church 3031 Long Hollow Pike Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075 Don't miss one of Sumner County's Premier fundraising events. COMPASS Annual Speaker's Series is always informative and well attended. Ticket and Table Reservation Information June 2, 2015 Deadline for paid Reservations All tables seat 8 Table Host $400 Host name listed in program. Trailblazer Sponsor $750 Host name or company logo in program, video, event publicity. Silver Sponsor $1500 Host name or company logo in program, video, event publicity. VIP table placement. Gold Sponsor $2500 Host name or company logo in program, video, event publicity. VIP table placement. Meet & Greet pre-event with Coach Jones. Platinum Sponsor $5000 Host name or company logo in program, video, event publicity. VIP table placement and VIP Seating with Coach Jones (one representative). Meet & Greet pre-event with Coach Jones. Presenting Sponsor on stage. Individual Ticket $50 each - limited seating available *Note: Subject to availability tickets purchased after June 2 are $75. In Hendersonville 6/9/15 2011, but Zaylee was nev- e r found. The little girl would be 4years old today. “We’re not giving up hope,” Millersville Police Chief David Hindman said Thursday. “We are w orking on the basis that s he’s alive and trying to k eep faith that she is alive. U ntil we have definite evi- d ence or something that b rings to light that she is deceased, we’re going on the fact that she’s missing.” Earlier this year, the Millersville Police Department reclassified the Fryar case as a homicide after it received a forensic report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation focusing on the scene of Shauna Fryar’s death, reportedly in Mill ersville near her home on C. Smith Street in Sumner County. Investigators are continuing to pursue active leads in the Fryar case, Hindman said Thursday, but he declined to release further details. Evidence contained in the TBI forensic report indicates that Shauna Fryar’s body was taken to Nashville and dumped in the Cumberland River after her death in Millersville, the chief said during aprevious interview. He did not disclose any details about how or when Shauna Fryar died or a pot ential motive for her death. As part of the investigation, the chief and his detectives were planning to again interview everyone “to see if their stories had changed” over time, Hindman said in the previous interview. The list contains half a dozen names, maybe more, including Michael Fryar and Zaylee’s biological father, Thurman McMurry, he added. McMurry was not considered a suspect in 2011 because he was incarcerated in the Robertson County Jail on charges re- l ating to an assault of Shauna Fryar. Anyone with information about the disappearance of Zaylee Grace Fryar is asked to contact the Millersville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 615-859-2758. FRYAR » CONTINUED FROM 1M FILE PHOTO Shauna Fryar and her baby, Zaylee Grace Fryar. COMMUNITY NEWS requirements fulfillment — to study engineering at C lemson University in S outh Carolina, hoping to be commissioned as an officer after graduation. “I was willing to go a nywhere,” said Hallman, 4 3. T he medical exam stumbled him again, so he d ecided to pursue an education degree with emphasis in history, a childhood passion inspired f rom growing up around table conversations exp loring world history. ‘Loved every m inute’ In his junior year, Hallm an felt led to pursue a future in the ministry. His father supported him but asked that he first experi- e nce “what it’s like to w ork” for three years. H allman first taught middle school in a small South Carolina district with three schools and 1,000 students. He c oached soccer, football, b asketball and cross- c ountry. “It was an awesome experience,” he said. “I l oved every minute. I learned far more from the students than I’m sure t hey learned from me.” The most important lesson he learned from his s tudents? The relationships they built and nurtured are central to education. “If I didn’t build a rela- t ionship with them, I wasn’t going to be effect ive and be able to teach them,” Hallman said. “And the joy in teaching is t he children, the learning, b eing with them and teaching them.” A s planned, after three y ears he resigned and was headed to the ministry, b ut family and the need to pay off student loans first guided him to Sumner C ounty. Advised by his sister and brother-in-law Jerry Apple, long-time principal of White House Middle School, Hallman decided to teach for one more year at Gallatin Middle School before the s eminary. Following his plan, Hallman had been studying seminary for about a y ear while still keeping in t ouch with his former G MS Principal Merrol Hyde. “Mr. Hyde kept asking me to come back,” Hallm an said. “Mr. Hyde had a v ision for me that I didn’t h ave at all. I enjoyed teaching but I had never e ven given a moment’s thought of being an administrator. I would not be here without Mr. Hyde.” H yde said he quickly detected Hallman’s potent ial. “He’s extremely intelligent, very inquisitive and motivated to achieve a nd succeed, and he uses that in his teaching meth- o ds,” Hyde said. “Everywhere he’s gone, he’s been atremendous success. I’d expect him to be the Princ ipal of the Year.” Back to Sumner Within a year, Hallman returned to Sumner. “I missed being with the kids, having fun with t hem in and outside the c lassroom in athletics,” h e said. “I missed being able to be a part of their lives in a meaningful w ay.” After a year as an intern at E.B. Wilson Night S chool, he was appointed the first principal of the alternative R.T. Fisher S chool for students with behavioral challenges. “It was a very different experience,” Hallman said. “It’s a small environ- m ent. You know every child and the kids are s truggling to follow rules. We wanted to help students find the right path a nd equip me with the t ools to succeed.” At R.T. Fisher, Hallm an hired his first teach- e r, Melanie Webster. Coming back from court w here she worked as probation officer, Webster walked in for the job inter- v iew and found Hallman wearing shorts, a T-shirt and paint all over after covering wall pictures of Mickey Mouse and The Smurfs from what had been Vena Stuart Elemen- tary School. “ I was nervous as a cat because I didn’t have an education background,” said Webster, now the sys- t em’s special education c oordinator. “And when I s aw him, I wasn’t as nervous.” Hallman’s structured guidance, continuous o pen-door support and s incere care during that “ first, pretty hard year” established a career- b uilding foundation that Webster still uses. “He taught me that what you allow today, you m ust accept tomorrow,” Webster said. “Once a stud ent spit all over my hair and he offered to clean the spit. That meant a lot. I knew he really cared. And u nlike all bosses, he was more excited about me bei ng pregnant than I was.” Hallman went on to lead another school, Station Camp High, when it o pened in 2002 with an un- f inished building and t wice the anticipated students. Classes were conducted at the central office, including in the conference room of Hyde, t hen the superintendent. T hree months later, class- e s moved to the still-unfinished school lacking a gymnasium, a cafeteria a nd an auditorium. “It was a very challenging time,” Hallman s aid. “All of us endured not having the basic structures in a building.” F ormer SCHS student and now Shafer teacher Amanda Hogan said Hallman’s compassionate leadership never fails. “ He treats us all as a part of his family,” Hogan s aid. “He makes work a welcoming, positive and enjoyable place to come to e very day.” I n 2005, Hallman took the less-demanding lead- e rship job at Shafer to all ow for more time with family. “ It’s been the greatest delight of my career,” he said. “Working with eve ryone here is a joy. The best part is the relationships.” Reach Dessislava Yankova at 575-7170 and on Twitter @dess- por. HALLMAN » CONTINUED FROM 1M DID YOU KNOW? David Hallman has achieved distinguished success despite arare hereditary eye disorder involving inability to see from one eye, overall low vision and high sensitivity to light. He does not wear eye aid. “I’ve learned to walk through l ife with it,” Hallman said. “My goal has been that my vision would not be limited b y or measured in relation to my eyesight but instead by the effort I give and by the s trength of the relationships I h ave. At some point in each of our lives we will all meet t he realities of our physical l imitations but my joy has b een discovering what is possible instead of dwelling upon the impossible.” Principal David Hallman talks with students Aaliyah Valverde, 1 2, and Maira Diaz, 12, at Joe Shafer Middle School on May 14 i n Gallatin.

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