Campbellsville Elementary School first-grade teacher Shirley Cox received the Dare to Soar award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 14.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton made the presentation.
“On a personal note, for this teacher, I appreciate you,” he said to Cox. “I don’t know of a better way of saying it.”
In reading a letter nominating Cox for the award, Deaton said she is a great teacher who respects her students.
“In her classroom, students’ ideas and opinions are valued. Students feel safe to express their feelings and learn to respect and listen to others,” Deaton said. “She creates a welcoming learning environment for all students.”
According to the nomination, Cox creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom, has high expectations for her students and is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring.
“The mutual respect in her classroom provides a supportive, collaborative environment. Each student is aware that he or she is an important, integral part of the group,” Deaton read.
Cox has a love for learning, and is a skilled leader, according to the nomination.
“She has no fear of learning new teaching strategies or incorporating new technologies into lessons, and always seems to be the one who is willing to share what she’s learned with colleagues.
“She is an effective teacher who focuses on shared decision-making and teamwork, as well as on community building. She conveys this sense of leadership to students in several ways.“
Deaton said Cox is flexible and reflects on her lessons throughout her teaching and makes adjustments when necessary.
And, he said, Cox collaborates with her colleagues and is a true professional.
“She has superb organizational skills and is prepared for each day,” he read. “Her communication skills are exemplary.”
“She’s a blessing to our district,” Deaton said.
In accepting the award, Cox said she is blessed to work at CES.
“I am truly blessed to work here,” she said.
“I just know that God put me here.”
Cox has worked at CES since 1993. She is married to Tony Cox, and they have two children, Ethan, who graduated from Campbellsville High School in 2014 and Jewell, who is a freshman at CHS.
Campbellsville Elementary School first-grade teacher Shirley Cox received the Dare to Soar award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 14. Superintendent Mike Deaton made the presentation.