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Two teachers who came to education later in life have been recognized for their efforts.
Kathy Thompson, an English teacher at Central Hardin High School, and Derisa Hindle, a math teacher at T.K. Stone Middle School, have been named recipients of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. Thompson and Hindle are among 24 recipients in the state and are in the running for Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Teachers who are nominated can apply for award consideration. Applicants must write about subjects including teaching philosophy and education issues they feel are important.
Thompson said the process is self-reflective and gave her a chance to consider her classroom strategies.
“That’s probably one of the best professional activities a teacher can do,” she said.
Hindle wanted to pursue the award as a way to represent teachers and to “put T.K. and Elizabethtown Independent out there,” she said.
Thompson is not new to the award, having received it in the mid-’90s. She originally pursued a career in family counseling and, while working with homeless families, specifically felt drawn to helping children. She also saw education as a way to break the cycle of poverty.
“I realized teaching is where I probably needed to be,” she said.
Hindle has wanted to be teacher since second grade, she said, but took detours in the military and other careers before coming back to education.
“Now I feel like I’m living my dream,” she said.
The teachers will be honored at a luncheon in Frankfort on Oct. 16 and will receive a cash prize and certificate. One teacher in elementary, middle and high school grades will be selected as respective Teachers of the Year, and an overall winner will be chosen among the three.
Kelly Cantrall can be
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