Teachers honored for the Wayne County School System were, second from left: Mindy Bell,
Maria Miller and Jared Criswell. Presenting the awards were Dr. Donna Hedgepath, far left,
provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Beverly Ennis, dean of the School of
Education. Also attending was, fifth from left: Derrick Harris, Bell Elementary School principal;Melissa Gossage, Wayne County Middle School principal; and Wayne Roberts, superintendent.
(Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)
By Kasey Ricketts, communications assistant, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – 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 State Senator Max Wise shared his appreciation for the teachers across the commonwealth during the program held 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.
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.
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 May 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.
Award recipients are:
Wayne County – Wayne Roberts, superintendent; Mindy Bell, Bell Elementary School; Maria “Moddie” Miller, Wayne County Middle School; and Jared Criswell, Wayne County High School.
Bell is a second grade math teacher at Bell Elementary School, where she has been teaching since 2009. She graduated in 1993 from Harrodsburg High School. In 1997, she received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. In 2009, Bell obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Midway College. In 2016, she received her Master of Arts in School Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands.
She is married to Anthony Craig Bell; they have three children, Leah, Landon and Lynnzie Bell. Her parents are Suzanne VanArsdall of Burgin, Ky. and Roger Schumann of Crossville, Tenn.
Miller teaches language arts at Wayne County Middle School, where she has taught since 2014. Previously, she had taught the same subject at Lexington Christian Academy.
Miller graduated in 1977 from Sayre High School in Lexington, Ky. In 1982, she received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kentucky. In 2001, she obtained her master of arts degree from UK.
She is married to David Miller, and they have two children, Andrew and Logan Miller. Her parents were the late Edith and Jesus Fernandez, originally from Cuba.
Criswell teaches 11th grade English at Wayne County High School, where he has taught since 2010. He graduated in 2006 from Wayne County High School. In 2010, Criswell received a bachelor of arts degree from Lindsey Wilson College. In 2015, he obtained his master of arts degree from the University of the Cumberlands.
He is married to Taylor Criswell. His parents are Angela and Rick Wallen from Monticello, Ky.
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.