• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Hamilton named PE ,Teacher of the Year

MELODY HAMILTON has been named 2018 Secondary PE Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. (File photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford County High School physical education and health teacher Melody Hamilton was named 2018 Secondary PE Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD). The Woodford County Board of Education recognized Hamilton for her accomplishment at its meeting on Dec. 11. “It means a lot to me that the board would take the time to acknowledge me for this honor,” said Hamilton. “It takes everybody – all hands on deck – to be a top-five school district.” She then urged the school board to include athletic facilities as part of its proposal to build a new high school on property adjacent to Woodford County Middle School. “I’m not sure how I can keep being a Kentucky Teacher of the Year with KAHPERD and PE and health without updated and adequate facilities,” Hamilton told board members. “I’m proud to be a Woodford County teacher. I have been proud of all of my years here at Woodford County. I’m proud of all of my students that I’ve had ... And I plan on giving my all for years to come ... here in Woodford County. I plan on dreaming big and I hope that you can help me with my plan on dreaming big.” In her nomination for KAHPERD Secondary PE Teacher of the Year, Hamilton was described as “asset to PE and health education in Kentucky for many years. She strives for excellence, personally and through student learning. She has worked in many roles in Woodford County schools that have all focused on the health and wellness of students. She has written and received numerous grants that have improved the health of all Woodford County citizens.” Hamilton was also lauded for her mentorship of students pursuing careers in education and described as the “epitome of a physical educator,” who’s most-deserving of this award. Hamilton now becomes a nominee of the Shape America Southern District Award. Composed of 13 southern states, the winner of the district award competes for Shape America National PE Teacher of the Year. Now in her fourth year at WCHS, Hamilton began her teaching career at Woodford County Middle School in 1999 and spent three-plus years implementing and overseeing physical education grants for Woodford County schools. “It’s not ever just about her classroom or just about her department,” said schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. “It’s (about) how do we make our school better? And how do we make it a better environment for kids?” Hamilton, he added, has always looked for different opportunities to benefit students.

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