Joseph Honaker

Joseph Honaker

Meadow View Elementary School

When it comes to teaching, 34-year-old Joseph Honaker’s philosophy is “tough love.”

“There is a time for fun, joy, hugging and laughing but there is also a time for serious conversations and learning,” Honaker said.  

Maintaining this balance has been a centerpiece for Honaker’s career in local education, which started with teaching social studies for Hardin County middle school students. Honaker currently serves as assistant principal at Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff.

A native of White Mills, Honaker said he learned the value of hard work from raising cattle, pigs, horses, chickens, tobacco and corn on his family’s 400-acre farm. Though he said he learned a lot from farming, Honaker felt an early draw toward the field of education.

He said he was inspired to become a teacher in fourth grade when his teacher, Kerry Reeves, showed up to his deceased grandmother’s visitation to show support.

“Now here I am 12 years into my career and I pray I make him proud and that I have grown into not just a good teacher, not just a good leader, but a good man,” he said.

Honaker began his teaching career at North Middle School in Radcliff, teaching for six years before transferring to West Hardin Middle School in Cecilia to teach for five years. He taught seventh-grade social studies at both schools.

While teaching social studies, Honaker said he would engage students through mock trials for historical figures, open forum discussions and hands-on projects.

“I always tried to get my students to feel as if they were there during this time frame,” he said.

Honaker became assistant principal at Meadow View in 2018. He said his transition to an administrative position has been smooth thanks to the school’s supportive staff.

“I really love getting to pop into classrooms and just check out what is going on and see the kids and check on my awesome teachers and staff,” Honaker said.

Honaker lives with his wife, Kayla, daughter Bella and two sons, Brantley and Cole, in Elizabethtown and are expecting a fourth child. In their free time, the family enjoys participating in local sports and Honaker said he personally enjoys working on his parent’s farm.  

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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