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Western Kentucky educators nominated for Regional Educator Awards and Sponsorship Program

More than 80 area educators, administrators and staff members were nominated in West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s 3rd Annual Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program.

Students, parents, fellow faculty and staff sent in 97 nominations, with some individuals being nominated more than once. The nominations came from nine counties in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. WKCTC President Anton Reece established the program to recognize the important role pre-K-12 teachers, administrators and staff play in their communities and in society.

“This recognition program is just one way to show WKCTC’s appreciation of our partnerships and support,” Dr. Reece said.

Last year more than 102 people were nominated for the award, and of the 102 nominated, 28 people submitted applications and were honored at the March 2019 reception and program. This year’s nominees have until Friday, January 24 to complete the REASP application.

One administrator (district or local guidance counselor or building administrator) award, two faculty awards (one for faculty teaching Pre-K through 5th grade and one for faculty teaching 6th grade through 12th grade), and one Cornelia Reece Unsung Hero staff award (district or local staff other than administrators or faculty) will be announced at a reception March 5, 2020 in the Clemens Fine Arts Center.

A special committee of individuals, from inside and outside the education profession, who are familiar with criteria for evaluation of services in secondary education, will make the award selections. All nominated individuals who complete an application will be recognized during the March 5 program. Everyone who is nominated for the award will receive a copy of their nomination.

A Paducah native and mother of two, Rachel Dodson, a Heath Elementary School second grade teacher, received the Distinguished Educator (Pre-K through 5th grade) Award at last year’s event. She said it felt a little odd talking about herself and her accomplishments as a teacher in the application, but said she also saw the opportunity as an honor. “I felt if someone nominated me, I should honor that and do my part (by completing the application).”

For a complete list of those nominated for the REASP, visit westkentucky.meritpages.com

To contribute to the scholarship fund or serve as a sponsor for the 2020 Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program contact Lee Emmons at lee.emmons@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3084. Event sponsors will be featured in the program’s publications.

From West Kentucky Community and Technical College

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