• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

National Board Certified Teachers recognized

SCHOOL BOARD Chair Ambrose Wilson IV stands alongside, from left, National Board Certified Teachers Jennifer Page, Anne Brooks, Angie Bentley, Sue Owen, Julie Dowdell, Janet Bauer and Geoffrey Spinkle, and board member Karen Brock. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

The Woodford County Board of Education recognized seven teachers for becoming National Board Certified Teachers on Monday night, Jan. 22.

Janet Bauer (WCMS), Angie Bentley (Huntertown Elementary), Anne Brooks (Northside Elementary), Julie Dowdell (Huntertown), Sue Owen (Huntertown), Jennifer Page (Simmons Elementary) and Geoffrey Sprinkle (WCMS) joined 38 other educators in Woodford County schools as National Board Certified Teachers.

“To say this is a rigorous process would be a great understatement,” said schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. “The process requires teachers to truly reflect on what happens in their classroom and what it takes to be a highly effective teacher.” Board Chair Ambrose Wilson IV said he applauded these teachers for their willingness to commit so many hours to achieve this distinction. Said Bentley, “We knew it was worth it … Any time you can improve your own practice, you’re doing nothing but making your kids’ lives better.”

Board honored

Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott read a School Board Recognition Month proclamation recognizing local board members Wilson, Karen Brock, Margie Cleveland, Debby Edelen and Sherri Springate for their service to Woodford County schools.

A book was donated in honor of the school board members to each of the district’s four elementary schools and also the public libraries in Midway and Versailles. Lift Your Light A Little Higher by Kentucky author Heather Henson tells the story of Stephen Bishop, a slave and world famous explorer of Mammoth Cave.

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