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By KELLY RICHARDSON email@example.com
RADCLIFF — A local band director was honored Wednesday for her ability to spread a love of music to her students.
Susan Froedge, band director at Radcliff Middle School, received the ExCEL award Wednesday, after being selected from teachers in the Hardin County Schools district. Dignitaries, HCS administrators, Radcliff Middle staff and students attended the event, and the Radcliff Middle and the North Hardin High School bands performed.
The ExCEL award, which stands for Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership, is an education award given to several school systems in the region. It’s sponsored by WHAS-TV and E.ON. U.S., a Louisville energy company.
Froedge thanked administrators, staff and parents at Radcliff Middle, but directed most of her remarks to her students, who she said motivated her to teach and go to work each day.
“I can’t count the number of times I laugh during the day with you,” she said.
Principal Laura McGray said it was very special to honor Froedge, who along with teaching at the school for nine years also attended Radcliff Middle.
“You are loved, and we are so proud to honor you today,” McGray said, through tears.
Former student Catie Baker explained the impact Froedge has made on her, including helping her prepare for an audition for a music scholarship at the University of Kentucky.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award,” she said.
Current students thanked her in their own way, by shouting “We love you Mrs. Froedge!” when she finished her acceptance speech.
Froedge received a $1,000 check from E.ON and was recognized in several other ways, including being named a Kentucky Colonel and being acknowledged by the HCS board.
Board Chairwoman Kay Sharon was one of many to ask for a round of applause for the Radcliff Middle, and North Hardin bands, which included many of Froedge’s former students, and is directed by Froedge’s husband, Brian.
“Just listening to your band tells us what a great teacher you are,” she said.
Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.