24 Kentucky Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named for 2022
The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2022 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA) including Wayne County School Teacher Jamie Reagan. She and the other 23 recipients have qualified to compete for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.
“We are honored to celebrate some of Kentucky’s most outstanding educators who have exhibited extraordinary resilience during this past year,” said Sam Mitchell, Valvoline’s chief executive officer. “Despite the difficulties they faced during a global pandemic, Kentucky’s teachers have continued to place their focus on educational excellence—and this year’s award winners exemplified this priority. Valvoline is pleased to celebrate and recognize these outstanding teachers.”
The Wayne County School Board of Education congratulated Reagan at their monthly meeting on July 15th after the announcement was made. “We are very proud of our teachers at Wayne County Schools and we appreciate the professionalism and dedication they devote to our students. Mrs. Reagan is an excellent example of how our teachers become specialist in their fields,” said Wayne County Superintendent Wayne Roberts.
“We are so proud of Mrs. Jamie Regan! Mrs. Regan’s commitment to our students and staff is truly remarkable. Mrs. Regan can often be found leading our family math nights, providing tier III math instruction to our students as well collaborating with teachers for effective math strategies. The Kentucky Department of Education couldn’t have picked a more deserving recipient,” said Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris.
Reagan has a passion for teaching children math and loves her job. Her greatest reward is seeing a child grasp a math concept and understand how to put it into practice. “When you see the light bulb go off the first time…That’s when you know you have made a difference,” she said.
She wears several different hats at Bell Elementary. She is a math intervention teacher that meets with students on a one-on-one basis, as well as working with small groups of students that need math remediation. She serves as a classroom coach to teachers and provides math professional development through book studies. She considers the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) as her greatest resource. “They’ve been a blessing because they provide so many teaching supplies for free. We will be receiving another Math Fact Fluency book this year that we can discuss once a week,” said Reagan. KCM also supplied Jam Boards so students could interact with her and other math teachers during online learning, this past school year.
Reagan has gone the extra mile taking advantage of all kinds of specialized teacher training after school and at home online. She has earned an impressive number of certificates from KCM trainings. Her work has been recognized, because she was recently invited to speak at a national conference this fall regarding all the knowledge she has gained.
For the past two years, Bell Elementary has been part of a grant she signed up for that has provided all kinds of materials that helped with Family Math Nights. “I’m excited for these opportunities,” said Reagan. “I won’t turn anything down that helps other teachers learn more about math.”
She realizes it takes collaboration and teamwork to bring the best math practices to students. She appreciates the support she has received from her principal and her colleagues.
In order to apply for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Reagan said there were five or six essay questions. When asked to describe virtual teaching in one word, she put “resiliency” because students and teachers both had to be resilient on their platforms whether it was during virtual learning or in-person. “It took a team last school year. It took all the stakeholders, especially parents and students to work together in order to learn efficiently.” Some of the students were right on time ready to learn from home, but in many cases teachers worked around their students’ household schedules. In spite of barriers or obstacles, teachers were accommodating to students, trying to keep them from falling behind.
Reagan taught school for ten years in Albany, before teaching at Bell Elementary these past four years. She started out as a first grade teacher at Bell and then started specializing in math intervention. She and her husband Jamie S. Reagan have three daughters. Their oldest daughter recently moved to Memphis, TN where she is starting her career as a teacher.
Wayne County Schools is proud to have two teachers that are members of this exclusive club of statewide Teacher Achievement Award recipients. Last year Wayne County High School Teacher Jared Criswell was named a recipient in the high school category. Like Reagan, he is an innovative teacher and passionate about his profession. Criswell is adding an adjunct professor position at Lindsey Wilson College after school to his job duties. He is excited about this new part time opportunity where he can bring back strategies from the college level to his language arts department.
Wayne County Schools are fortunate to have both these state recognized educators on staff who are always willing to share what they are learning.
“Teachers across Kentucky have done a tremendous job keeping learning going for our students now more than ever,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “On behalf of the Kentucky Department of Education, I congratulate these award-winning educators. Their work is hard, humbling, exhilarating and challenging. Every day they step up to the plate to make a difference in the lives of our children.”
All 24 teachers will be honored during a virtual event on Sept. 9. At that time, the Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year will be announced. From this group of three finalists, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be named and will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Valvoline will provide the 24 recipients with cash awards. In addition, the three Kentucky Teachers of the Year will receive custom-designed glassware commemorating their accomplishments.
Judging was conducted in May by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators, many of whom have more than 25 years of teaching experience. Applications included information on the nominees’ teaching philosophies, teaching experiences and involvement in their respective communities, as well as letters of recommendation from peers, students, parents, administrators and others.
The 24 winning teachers are:
- Lauren Coffey, W.R. McNeill Elementary (Bowling Green Independent)
- Kandi Dawson, Murray Elementary (Murray Independent)
- Nick Harris, Madison Kindergarten Academy (Madison County)
- Cindy Hundley, Gutermuth Elementary (Jefferson County)
- Miranda Newland, Campbell Elementary (Raceland-Worthington Independent)
- Jamie Reagan, Bell Elementary (Wayne County)
- Ashley Ritchie, Beechwood Elementary (Beechwood Independent)
- Anna Schneider, Pleasant Grove Elementary (Bullitt County)
- Hallie Booth, Ballyshannon Middle (Boone County)
- Troy Chafin, Woodford County Middle
- Heather Dipasquale, Todd County Middle
- Jason Hand, Stuart Academy (Jefferson County)
- Jo Anne Pennington, Conner Middle (Boone County)
- Morgan Preston, Corbin Middle (Corbin Independent)
- Steffanie Skiles, McKell Middle (Greenup County)
- Judy Trunnell, College View Middle (Daviess County)
- Margaret Lynn Brewer, Great Crossing High (Scott County)
- Jodie Carnes, Lynn Camp School (Knox County)
- Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr., Montgomery County High
- Jessica Gels, Rise Academy (Boone County)
- Matthew Haynes, Southern High (Jefferson County)
- Jennifer Howard, Russellville High (Russellville Independent)
- Aaron Klausing, Owensboro High (Owensboro Independent)
- Jennifer Sims, Hart County High
Valvoline, an independent, publicly traded company with its world headquarters in Lexington, is a proud sponsor of the Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs.
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Bell Elementary Math Intervention Teacher Jamie Reagan
Reagan working with a student on a one-on-one basis (above and below)
This shows how Reagan was able to work with a student online in an interactive manner.
Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris explaining the role Jamie Reagan has played in helping students succeed during the monthly Board of Ed meeting.
Jamie Reagan being recognized by Board Member Melissa Upchurch