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Campbellsville University honors 169 teachers from 60 districts in Excellence in Teaching Ceremony

By Kasey Ricketts
Special to KyForward

At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. A total of 3,749 teachers have been recognized for their teaching excellence throughout the years.

Kentucky Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsiville, shared his appreciation for the teachers across the commonwealth during the program at Campbellsville University.

“The ability to mentor students, the ability to watch students walk across that graduation stage, and just the ability to  play a role in students’ lives is so meaningful that each of you teachers do every day in so many aspects,” Wise said.

Wise spoke about how as an educator you are along for so many experiences of your students’ lives.

“Their progression is influenced by you every day as an educator — to help them grow, to help them learn and to mature,” Wise said.

As a parent of four, Wise has become aware of the amount of time teachers spend with their students and the amount of time that goes into planning to provide for their classrooms.

“Your working hours do not start or end by the ring of a bell — it does not start by a calendar date. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the time and the effort that you put into your job to help your students succeed,” Wise said.

For a list of all of the teachers and school recognized, click here.

Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Beverly Ennis, dean of the School of Education, presented the certificates to the teachers before a luncheon in Winters Dining Hall.

Hedgepath, who has taught in the public school system, told the teachers, “We celebrate you today. We applaud the best of the best of teachers today.”

Ennis said “Teaching is the profession that creates all others” is a motto hanging in Campbellsville University’s School of Education building.

Sen. Wise

She said Campbellsville University is the most diverse private college in Kentucky and is in the top five lowest debt colleges in the southern region of the United States.

Dr. Chuck Hamilton, associate professor of education, introduced Max Wise and read the names of the honorees.

Kelli Evans, a Campbellsville University 2018 graduate, sang, and Corey Bonds, assistant director of bands and instructor in music, accompanied her on piano.

Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president for enrollment services, gave the benediction before the luncheon.

The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is in partnership with Lexington’s CBS-affiliate, WKYT-TV.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering over 90 programs of study including 20 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs.

The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Summersville and Liberty, all in Kentucky, and one in Costa Mesa and the Silicon Valley in California, and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

Casey Ricketts is the communications assistant in the Office of University Communications at Campbellsville University

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