Monroe County Board of Education recognized Judy Pettigrew at its Dec. 15 meeting; it was her last meeting as a member of the board. Pettigrew did not seek reelection and ended her third term on the board, for a total of 12 years, at the end of December. She represented District 4 in the northern part of Monroe County.

“Your service is appreciated and you will be missed,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman.

“She has a lot of titles and talents,” said BOE Chair Nolen Howard. “She is a firm, staunch supporter of public education.”

The tribute to Pettigrew said she is an educator, cake baker, musician, gardener, advocate for children, mother and wife and lifelong learner. She had a career “in the classroom, in the central office and behind the principal’s desk” in Butts County and then “brought her 32 years of experiences as an educator” to the Monroe County BOE.

Pettigrew decided not to seek election to a fourth term on the board, and Dr. Jeremy Goodwin was elected in November to the District 4 BOE seat.