Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

Leah Noble
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▪ The Kentucky Association of Professional Educators has awarded the following scholarships designed with teachers, their families and student teachers in mind:

Family members’ scholarships: Leah Noble, senior, Henry Clay High School, Lexington.

Star student and teacher/mentor awards: Eliza Jane Schaeffer, senior, and her teacher/mentor, Catherine Stephens, Henry Clay High School; and Cole Terrell, senior and his teacher/mentor, Linda Dewees, Henry Clay High School.

Continuing professional development: Paige Caudill, in her third year of teaching at Johnson County Middle School, Paintsville, is enrolled at the University of the Cumberlands, where she will complete the Teacher Leader MA program in February.

Holly Tapscott teaches math at South Laurel Middle School. She has begun the process to earn National Board Certification in Early Adolescent (ages 11-13) Mathematics.

Emily Best has taught physical education at Warner Elementary in Jessamine County for 13 years. She is registered as a candidate to receive national board certification in physical education, ages 3-12, early and middle childhood.

Teacher of Tomorrow student teacher: Rebecca Jantzen has been awarded the Teacher of Tomorrow scholarship. She did her student teaching at Taylor County High School and graduated from Campbellsville University.

▪ Under the theme “Building a Legacy,” students from Fayette County Public Schools competed at the Technology Student Association’s 2016 national conference. Southern Middle’s Michael Alaniz and Tyler Nichols placed second in Junior Solar Sprint. Susie Rickert was fourth and Kainat Syed placed sixth in Essays on Technology, and Mason Smith finished 11th in Promotional Marketing.

In the high school division, Lafayette’s Kaley Jochim-Nolan placed fourth in Essays on Technology. And in a special presentation of the associations’s highest recognition, teacher and club adviser Robin Johnson of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School received the Honorary Life Award for her service and dedication to the state and national organizations.

▪ Axel Rincon of Southside Technical Center earned a bronze medal in Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Axel, a rising senior at Lafayette High School, took first place in this category at the state level and in Kentucky’s Region 9 last spring.

▪ Maliya Homer, a rising junior at Lafayette High School, was among the 43 students invited to spend June 12 to July 2 at Georgetown College, enhancing their creative thinking skills through the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs. They were chosen from a pool of 170 applicants from across Kentucky.