Pollyanne Kimmel, an 8th-grade social studies teacher at Browning Springs Middle School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Nov. 15 Board of Education meeting. She always goes the extra mile to make her kids feel safe and empowered. She loves teaching! She puts student desks in a circle pattern and centers discussions in a way that gains their trust and understanding. She makes fellow staff members want to work harder because they see her continually go above and beyond her job description. She is a constant reminder of what it means to be a good teacher!
Her “why” is the following: “I love teaching Social Studies. However, my WHY is my students. Every student needs help recognizing their own unique qualities and gifts. Sometimes, especially in middle school, students feel invisible or get lost along the way. My why is to SEE them and help them recognize their own potential.”
Tina Plunkett, a cook/baker at West Hopkins School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Nov. 1 Board of Education meeting. Plunkett deserves the recognition because she knows students by name and greets them every morning as they come to school. She knows student’s preferences and gives them food choices they would love. Plunkett is known for tuning in to students who may be having a difficult time. She lets staff people know if a student needs to have a conversation with someone. She is a kind, welcoming face who makes students feel wanted!
When asked to explain her “why,” she said, I come to work and love my job because of the kids and my coworkers. It’s an awesome and blessed job.”
Southside Elementary School special education teacher Jamie Hamby was honored with the Remember Your Why Award at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Her nomination said that she goes above and beyond to see students succeed. One student loved fishing so she bought rubber fishing worms to help him learn to count. She always smiles and greets students when walking through the halls, spreading joy to students as well as staff members. Mrs. Jamie has helped with students who have had emotional issues returning to school. She also builds strong relationships with her parents so the lines of communication are always open when tough situations arise. She is a huge reminder that Hopkins County Schools LOVES their students and families!
When asked her to tell her “why,” she responded, “My ‘why’ is because I love the kids.” Congratulations, Jamie Hamby!! #TeamHopkins
The Remember Your Why Award was presented to South Hopkins Middle School finance secretary Jana Hodge and attendance secretary Dawn Miller at the Sept. 20 Board of Education meeting. Both work tirelessly day in and day out to assist students and parents by answering questions about enrollment, fees, and all things related to COVID-19, according to Principal Jan Richey. They arrive before anyone else and stay late into the evening. They make a point to help all of our students, making students, parents and teachers feel welcomed, safe, and important. They always put the needs of others first, making sure others perceive the school as a positive and welcoming environment.
Each of them explained their “why.” Hodge said, “My ‘why’ is every student who needs a smile or an encouraging word. It’s also the TEAM at SHMS. We all work together to do all we can for one another and the student body.” Miller said, “My ‘why’ is to be an encouraging positive influence in my daily interactions, especially with students.” Congratulations to both!
Madisonville North Hopkins High School agriculture teacher Brian Welch became the first recipient of the district’s Remember Your Why Award during the Aug. 16 Board of Education meeting.
Welch is the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award for the state of Kentucky and our Region through the National Association for Agricultural Educators. This award honors individuals with fewer than 7 years teaching, with a focus on quality of teaching and innovation in the profession. Regional winners are honored at the national conference. He is also a finalist for Harbor Freight’s Tools for Schools recognition, which rewards teachers for quality mechanics/CTE teaching and innovation in the classroom. He is among 61 finalists selected out of 700 applicants.
When asked to share his “Why,” Welch said “To make the same impact on students and community my teachers have had on me.”
Congratulations, Mr. Welch!