District Announces 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year | Schools
BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Three outstanding individuals who embody excellence in education have earned honors as District Teachers of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.
Daniel Mullins is the 2011-2012 District Elementary School Teacher of the Year. In a few short years at both Overdale and now at Brooks, he has established a record of classroom leadership. Mr. Mullins brings a dynamic work ethic that challenges his fifth grade students in an enterprising and motivational way. He is also a nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science and is now a Finalist for the Mathematics Award. He will learn if he has earned Top Honors this summer.
Kyle Buege is the District Middle School Teacher of the Year. He teaches seventh and eighth grade social studies at Eastside. Kyle believes in a classroom environment that allows students to become active participants in the learning process. He also adheres to a child-centered pedagogy that promotes self-directed learning. But perhaps the best part of Mr. Buege’s application was his Top Ten list that influences his career choice. At number 10 – School Lunch – not many professions offer Chicken Patty Tuesdays; at number 4 – A very interesting collection of confiscated items; and at number 1 – The gratification and humility that comes with letters such as…followed by some very touching words form a former student.
Jennifer Barth is the District High School Teacher of the Year. She instructs Advanced English Placement IV at Bullitt Central High School. Ms. Barth views teaching as one of the most difficult, rewarding, and honorable professions. She also believes the profession requires content knowledge and experience in counseling students. “As a teacher, I teach more than just reading or English,” she wrote. “I teach coping skills, relational skills and communication skills. I am an advocate for my students.”
Each school staff is responsible for selecting a Teacher of the Year. That person completes an application for the district-level competition.
A four-member panel spent five hours Feb. 2nd reviewing applications from 11 elementary schools, six middle schools and two high schools. All applications had names and school removed so panel members could score them on criteria that mirrors state requirements.
District Teachers of the Year will be honored at the March 15, 2011 Bullitt County Board of Education meeting with Certificates of Recognition and a check from Publishers Printing Company, the sponsor of the Teacher of the Year program.
These educators will also be invited to a Teacher Recognition Luncheon May 21st at Campbellsville University.
They will vie for honors in the fall from Ashland, Inc., and the Kentucky Department of Education. Since 2001, Bullitt County has had eight District Teachers of the Year earn Ashland Teacher Achievement Awards and back to back Kentucky Elementary School Teachers of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
In 2010, the district high school Teacher of the Year, Darrell Vincent, was named one of the Top 3 in Kentucky.
Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.
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