Spotlight

  • Shanda Hughes, a CIA at Grapevine Elementary School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Board Shanda Hughes of Education meeting on Monday, June 20. Her role encompasses so much more than her job as SOS CIA! She is the first friendly face students see each morning in the car rider line. She is the person pulling students out for work on sight words and fluency. She is also the first one that will tell students to straighten up and share a lesson on how to make better choices while also being the first to offer a hug. She takes care of staff by decorating offices for appreciation days, lending a hand when needed, and organized a T-shirt fundraiser for a co-worker battling cancer. She is loved by staff and students and embodies the theme, One Team, One Mission One Community!

    When asked her why, Mrs. Hughes said, “My why #1 is the students – they need someone extra in their life that will dance with them when they reach goals, talk to them outside of their class and, yes, show some tough love if they are going in the wrong direction. Why #2 is coworkers/framily. They also need someone extra in their lives that will run those last-minute copies, give them a mental moment, let them have a potty break or supply them with needed emergency chocolate. All and all, my why is I do what I do because I love what I do! 

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  • Hopkins County Career & Technology Center business instructor Sonya Shockley received the Remember Your Sonya Shockley Why Award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 6.
     
    Shockley deserves this recognition because of the difference she makes in the lives of her students, according to the two people who nominated her. She teaches her students skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. She equips them with knowledge of the newest technology and software so they are ahead of the typical high school student. She spends countless hours after school preparing quality lessons and creating fun projects. Mrs. Shockley greets each student at the door, gives them real-world projects, and reaches out to anyone who misses class to make sure they are ok. There was low interest in the business program when she came to the CTC. That quickly changed, and there was a waiting list for the classes at the end of her first year. She goes above and beyond every day to take care of students and make sure they are smiling and in a great state of mind to learn!
     
    Shockley said her “Why” is that she gets to share in the learning experiences of her students and celebrate in their victories!
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  • Jack Wagoner, a senior at Madisonville North Hopkins High School, received the Remember Your Why Award Group standing with Jack Wagoner  during the Board of Education meeting on Monday for his helpful actions at Olympic Field Day. A 4th-grade student had put his glasses in a dollar store bag during Olympic Field Day and left the bag near the basketball station. He didn’t realize the bag was missing until it was time to load the bus. Staff started asking if anyone had seen the bag or knew whether it had been thrown away Jack stepped up and said they had just taken the trash off. He ran up the hill to the dumpsters and was able to retrieve the bag that included the student’s glasses. Hanson Elementary School teacher Ashli Franklin, who nominated Jack, said she was very impressed with his willingness to “go above and beyond” to help a student find his lost glasses!

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  • Cassandra Oliver, a science teacher at Hopkins County Central High School, received the Remember Your WhyCassandra Oliver Award at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. A co-worker who nominated her said that she helps out even when she isn’t asked. She tutors students before and after school. She takes on extra duties when other teachers are out. She helps colleagues with classroom issues. Also, she never lets circumstances dictate her mood and always stays positive! 

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  • Carlos White, head custodian at Browning Springs Middle School, received the Remember Your Why Award atCarlos White the April 18 Board of Education meeting. He is described as “the most kind person you’ll ever meet.” He does an amazing job cleaning the school every day with a smile on his face. He makes sure to talk to the students and make their day turn out great, no matter how it started. He is motiving, empowering and an overall great guy. The student who nominated him said that he is the reason she wants to come to school. He takes pride in his work but also cares about the students!

    Here’s how he explained his “why”: “I was taking my daughter to school one morning and needed a job, so I asked about getting a job with the school system. Shortly thereafter, I got a job as a custodian and worked my way up to be head custodian. I never thought that I would stay this long – 22 years after this year. I have been loved by people, staff, and especially students of all ages, size, and colors. It didn’t take me long to realize this had to be my mission field. I have so many sweet memories from these beautiful gifts from God that we call children. I have hundreds of cards and some nice gifts. But if I never step back into a Hopkins County School, I have been loved by people in a way I never could have ever imagined. Thank you so much Katie Beth for nominating me. Go Team Hopkins!”

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  • Hopkins County Central High School Legacy Leaders received the Remember Your Why Award at the BoardGroup photo of Legacy Leaders of Education meeting on March 21. Legacy Leaders is a student-led group that focuses on establishing and maintaining a positive school climate and culture. Through collaboration with the leadership class, Legacy Leaders have been able to raise money for Travis Manion Foundation and Bowl to Impact a Child, volunteer during tornado relief, hold a chili supper for the Dawson Springs community, volunteer at Breaking Bread and the Christian Food Bank, and much more! Legacy Leaders continue to show their love for school and community through these actions. This display of generosity is a reminder that students still care. Despite Covid restrictions, this group has found ways to celebrate and bring the community together!

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  • Deputy Lydon Logan, the school resource officer at South Hopkins Middle School and SouthsideLydon Logan Elementary School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Board of Education meeting on March 7.

    He strives to promote positivity and kindness to our students. He is always smiling and helping everyone realize that there is a reason to be happy. Multiple students wrote nominations explaining WHY he is an amazing SRO. Deputy Logan attends student sporting events, eats lunch with the kids, dances, sings and gives them a sense of comfort. He is always looking out for their safety while making sure they understand the importance of making good choices.  He brings a sense of safety, security and friendship to our faculty, staff, parents and students!

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  • Noah Allen, 5th grade student at Pride Elementary School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Feb. 22 HopkinsNoah Allen holding certificate County Board of Education meeting. Noah has demonstrated leadership in the classroom and beyond. His leadership skills extend beyond the school! He has received a $2,000 grant through Youth Service America in Washington, D.C. He, along with Pride teacher Kelly Gates, had the idea to do memorial gardens in downtown Dawson Springs for victims of the recent tornado. According to Noah, this project will impact generations of community residents. Noah wants to make a difference!

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  • Hopkins County Schools bus driver Megan Rice received the Remember Your Why Award during the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting.Megan Rice

    She started working as a bus monitor while also holding another full-time job. She soon went from saying, “I’d never drive a bus!” to “What do I need to do to drive a bus?” We’re all glad she took the step to become a driver! There are kids from all walks of life on her bus, but when they are together, they are a bus family. She wants every child she comes in contact with to know they are important to her. She loves them like they are her own and said she refers to them as “my kids.” Above all, she wants each of them to have a successful day at school every day.

    When asked her Why, she responded: “The kids are my Why. Each one is special and unique & capable of doing so much. I pray every day that my 5-45 minutes with them every morning and afternoon has a positive lasting impact. That each one of them knows that they matter. That they are all my favorites, all 90 of them.” 

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  • Christy Gast, attendance secretary at James Madison Middle School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the December Board of Education meeting. During the pandemic, she found new ways to organizeChristy Gast systems used in the front office. While this is difficult to do during a normal year, Mrs. Gast has found ways to make things more efficient during the pandemic. This includes using a Google form to check students in and out for the nurse and a better system to organize student medicine in the front office. She always looks for ways to make tasks easier on others. She also has a special way of talking with parents about their concerns. Mrs. Gast was recently selected to receive one of the Kentucky Region 2 Attendance Clerk Excellence Awards. James Madison is blessed to have Mrs. Gast because of her passion for her job and the students.

    When asked her why, Gast said, “So that every student, parent, and staff member feels heard, understood, supported, and respected. To help build a community with a common goal – providing our students with the best education possible.” 

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