By Leslie Ann Sully
Columbia Recruiting Battalion
May 1, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Shelby (North Carolina) Army Recruiting Center named a local high school teacher an honorary recruiter during a Future Soldier event on Fort Jackson, South Carolina, April 22.
Hailey Spearman, an English language arts teacher and women's track and field coach at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, received Columbia Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Robert Garbarino's Army Recruiting Badge in front of more than 250 Future Soldiers and their guests.
Spearman and some of her students who have joined the Army this year were at Fort Jackson with Shelby Recruiter Staff Sgt. Casey Raza to gain first-hand experience of what Army basic training entails.
"Ms. Spearman is a model for what a community advocate does for our recruiting efforts,"Garbarino said.
He said teachers and recruiters must work together to help students find their options for life after high school. He presented Spearman with a plaque to thank her for her efforts to create awareness of Army opportunities. Garbarino said he was pleased to recognize Spearman after hearing how she goes the extra mile for her students.
Raza agreed about how instrumental Spearman has been for her recruiting efforts.
"I wanted to reach as many students as possible to show them all of their options,"Raza said. "She allowed me to give presentations during her English classes and to students who are on her track team."
Spearman said she feels Raza puts the needs of each student first.
"She has a way of building positive relationships with students, and, therefore, our students look up to her and respect her opinions concerning the Army,"Spearman said.