Damascus Middle School Teacher is a Hero

A teacher stands with a group of students. In January, the Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross asked for nominations for “local heroes who have saved someone else’s life, performed an act of courage or offered a valuable service to the community.”  Damascus Middle School teacher Mrs. Donna Musick thought immediately of her colleague Mr. Joe Preston, for the valuable service he has provided to his history students for the past sixteen years.

As Musick stated in her nomination, “Mr. Preston has a way of mesmerizing students with facts in the form of stories; he has a way of stimulating the students’ imaginations to help with their understanding of history.”  The American Red Cross agreed that Preston is indeed a local hero, and he was honored for his service at their Celebration of Heroes luncheon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.  Damascus Middle School is certainly proud to have Mr. Preston as part of our faculty!

Contact Person: 
Valerie Cox