The faculty and staff at Arab Elementary School at the end of the recent school year awarded the Susan B. Willis Award. The award was created a couple years ago with the blessing of Willis’ family.

The award this year was presented to Brynn McCain, daughter of Brandy and Chris McCain.

“Brynn has been a great example of why the Susan B. Willis aware was established,” AES principal Jessica McCrary said.

Susan Willis was a beloved teacher and principal at AES for 30 years. She died following a long illness in January 2008.

When you enter Arab Elementary School, the first face you see is that of Willis on a plaque that reads: “Susan B. Willis: she envisioned these delightful hallways, sang Happy Birthday to students, sent home notes applauding their successes. She took pies in the face, kissed pigs and danced to reward achievement. She inspired teaching excellence, leading Arab Elementary to top state rankings. Susan Willis, beloved teacher and principal for 30 years, did it all for the children.”

The award was created by former AES principal Tonya Cupp and current AES principal Jessica McCrary, who was assistant principal at the time.

Cupp and McCrary told the Tribune that rarely a day goes by that they didn’t and don’t hear a Susan Willis story.

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