Three Daviess County Public Schools teachers were recipients of the 2019 Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Awards and were celebrated during a program last weekend.

Marcia Tomes, a primary teacher and interventionist at Southern Oaks Elementary School; Jennifer McFadden, social studies teacher at Daviess County Middle School; and Carrie Whitmer, a mathematics teacher at Daviess County High School, were the nominated representatives of DCPS for elementary, middle and high school levels for the awards program that began in 1987.

According to the university, the program is designed to recognize quality teaching and learning taking place throughout schools in the commonwealth. About 3,000 teachers have been honored since the award ceremony's inception.

Whitmer said she was both honored and shocked to have been nominated and recognized for this award. Teachers don't often receive a lot of recognition, she said, so any time she is, she is thrilled.

"It's definitely an honor," she said. "This is my 25th year of teaching. To teach you have to have a passion for what you do, and anything you are recognized, it's humbling."

Tomes, who also has been teaching for 25 years, also said she was honored to be chosen as a recipient and was also impressed by the ceremony for those who were also selected.

"It was wonderful," she said. "I know there are so many people who deserve to be recognized to be dedicated and give all they give."

McFadden appreciated being nominated and said that while that's not why she teaches, she does feel grateful when others take notice.

"It's an honor anytime anyone in any position, career-wise, is recognized for doing well," she said. "That means a lot to you."

DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins said all three teachers are dedicated to the district's mission of putting 'Kids First.'

"They are truly making a difference in the lives of our students, and I am proud that these dedicated education professionals are being recognized for their commitment to excellence," Robbins said.

Bobbie Hayse, bhayse@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7315.

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