Special Program to Honor Teachers

Contact: Ralph Derickson

 

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Visit the College of Education’s Web site and complete the online form. Educators do not have to be affiliated with the University of Kentucky to receive recognition at the event.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2004) -- Was there a teacher that made a difference in your life? Was there an educator that opened doors for you and showed you the way toward your future? Have you always wanted to thank them, but never found the time to do it?

If your answer is “yes” to any of those questions, the University of Kentucky College of Education and UK Men’s Basketball Coach Tubby Smith invite you to participate in the Teachers Who Made a Difference (TWMAD) Program on Saturday morning, Nov. 6.

“Too many times we don’t realize the difference teachers make in our lives until long after we’re grown. When I look back on my days at Great Mills High School and George Washington Carver Elementary, the teachers sure made a difference in my life. The Teachers Who Made a Difference program gives everyone the opportunity to thank that one special teacher in his or her life. I'm proud to offer my support to this outstanding recognition program for teachers,” said Smith.

In 2003, Kentuckians honored 92 teachers. Most were from Kentucky, but recognition was also given to educators in California, New Mexico and Georgia. The Teachers Who Made a Difference program, sponsored by the UK College of Education, gives Kentuckians an opportunity to thank the teachers, principals, college professors, or counselors in our state for the way they have inspired and motivated students to succeed.

Teachers Who Made a Difference is not a contest. The event does not select winners from a pool of nominees. Rather the program was created to give people a means to express their thanks to the educator that meant the most to them, said Mary Ann Vimont of the College of Education and one of the event’s organizers. The event will honor the first 100 teachers submitted for recognition, so participants should not delay submitting the official TWMAD form. Organizers ask that people limit themselves to recognizing one teacher each year.

Visit the College of Education’s Web site and complete the online form. Educators do not have to be affiliated with the University of Kentucky to receive recognition at the event.

Since the program’s inception, over 600 teachers have been honored. The Teachers Who Made a Difference program includes a special recognition event and a morning reception.


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