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CHS teacher honored in Frankfort with Teacher Achievement Award

Campbellsville High School teacher Ben Davis was honored recently in Frankfort with an award recognizing his contributions in the classroom.

 

Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline recently honored 24 teachers with 2018 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards.

 

Davis, who has taught English at CHS for about seven years, is among the list of 24 award winners.

 

As such, Davis and the other 23 teachers qualified to compete for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, which were announced during a special ceremony in Frankfort on Tuesday, May 16.

 

At the ceremony, the elementary, middle and high school Teachers of the Year were also named from the group of 24 award winners. Then, of the elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year award winners, the 2018 Teacher of the Year was named.

 

Davis is the only teacher in Taylor County to receive a 2018 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award.

 

Cheryl Dicken, who teaches physics, geometry and algebra at CHS, received a 2017 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award.

 

Davis graduated from CHS in 2000, from University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunication in 2005 and from CU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education. He recently completed a master’s degree in English studies from Illinois State University.

 

Davis is married to Stephanie Hall Davis and they have two children, Cash and Lylah.

 

He is the son of Tim and Joni Davis, athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach at CHS and director of exceptional education for Campbellsville Independent Schools, respectively.

 

Davis’s career in education began at CHS in 2008.

 

He worked at CHS from 2008 to 2009 and came back to teach at the school in 2012, where he has been employed since.

 

Davis was a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Powhatan County Schools in Virginia in the 2011 and 2012 school years.

 

He is also a former CHS assistant basketball coach.

 

In addition to the Teacher Achievement Award, Davis has also received the Excellence in Teaching award from Campbellsville University.

 

At the ceremony, Kellie Clark of Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County was named the High School Teacher of the Year and Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

 

Belinda Raye Furman of Sherman Elementary School in Grant County was named the Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Meo-Sexton of Bondurant Middle School in Franklin County is the Middle School Teacher of the Year.

 

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Director Mardi Montgomery, Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt and Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline, attended the ceremony to honor the teachers.

 

“Teachers are our most important asset and these teachers represent the best in the state,” Pruitt said.

 

“These teachers have shown again and again they are committed to doing whatever it takes to ignite the passion, potential and possibility in each and every one of their students. They also serve invaluable partners and leaders in Kentucky education, often going outside of their classrooms to share their insights and expertise as we formulate ways to take all of our students to higher levels of learning.”

 

Mitchell said it’s an honor to recognize some of the best teachers in Kentucky.

 

“Having the opportunity to recognize and support outstanding teachers that bring energy, passion and dedication to the classroom highlights our commitment to community, especially in preparing students to excel in a global society,” Mitchell said.

 

The ceremony marked the 17th year the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline have partnered to honor Kentucky educators.

 

Since 1988, the program has awarded more than $800,000 to 548 teachers.

 

Kirby Smith, principal at CHS, congratulates Davis for being honored amongst his peers.

 

“It’s always great to see teachers get recognition they deserve,” Smith said. “Mr. Davis does not teach to be nominated or receive awards, but to inspire and mentor his students. And he encourages, inspires and leads his students to their successes and to fulfill their potential.

 

“What I admire the most about Mr. Davis is his ability to not only teach his students about English, but also to help them see the bigger picture and be proud of who they are.”

 

Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton says Davis truly exemplifies what it means to be a Teacher of the Year.

 

“Mr. Davis is an extraordinary educator, leader and mentor,” he said. “He is a true team player, and he always works diligently to see that his students know that can do whatever they set their mind to.

 

“When you visit Mr. Davis’s classroom, you don’t just see students sitting at desks. You see young minds interested, involved and eager to learn,” Deaton said. “Mr. Davis is very deserving of this honor, and I’m pleased to see him receive the recognition he most certainly deserves.

 

“Mr. Davis has always been an Eagle, and we are proud to have him as part of our family.”

 

Kentucky teachers were nominated for the Teacher of the Year award and submitted applications for the honor. Judging was in March by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators, many of whom have more than 25 years of teaching experience.

 

Applications included information about the nominees’ teaching philosophies and experiences and involvement in their communities, as well as letters of recommendation from peers, students, parents, administrators and others.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a photo in front of the Kentucky capitol with their children Cash and Lylah.

CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a photo in front of the Kentucky capitol with their children Cash and Lylah.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a silly photo in front of the Kentucky capitol with their children Cash and Lylah.

CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a silly photo in front of the Kentucky capitol with their children Cash and Lylah.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a photo in front of the Kentucky capitol with their children Cash and Lylah and Davis’s parents, Tim, who is athletic director at CHS, and Joni, who is director of exceptional education at Campbellsville Independent Schools.

CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a photo in front of the Kentucky capitol with their children Cash and Lylah and Davis’s parents, Tim, who is athletic director at CHS, and Joni, who is director of exceptional education at Campbellsville Independent Schools.

 

Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline, thanks teachers for their dedication to their students.

Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline, thanks teachers for their dedication to their students.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis receives his Teacher Achievement Award from Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline. Also pictured are, from left, Mardi Montgomery, director for policy and legislation at the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt; and Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.

CHS teacher Ben Davis receives his Teacher Achievement Award from Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline. Also pictured are, from left, Mardi Montgomery, director for policy and legislation at the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt; and Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis, fourth from left, receives his Teacher Achievement Award. Pictured with Davis are, from left, Mardi Montgomery, director for policy and legislation at the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt; Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline.

CHS teacher Ben Davis, fourth from left, receives his Teacher Achievement Award. Pictured with Davis are, from left, Mardi Montgomery, director for policy and legislation at the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt; Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer of Valvoline.

 

Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt congratulates the award winners.

Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt congratulates the award winners.

 

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton talks about the importance of education.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton talks about the importance of education.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis poses for a photo with the other award winners.

CHS teacher Ben Davis poses for a photo with the other award winners.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis, second row, second from left, poses for a photo with the other award winners.

CHS teacher Ben Davis, second row, second from left, poses for a photo with the other award winners.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis receives his Teacher Achievement Award and is pictured with Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton, at left, and CHS Principal Kirby Smith.

CHS teacher Ben Davis receives his Teacher Achievement Award and is pictured with Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton, at left, and CHS Principal Kirby Smith.

 

CHS teacher Ben Davis shows his children, Cash and Lylah his Teacher Achievement Award.

CHS teacher Ben Davis shows his children, Cash and Lylah his Teacher Achievement Award.

 

After receiving his Teacher Achievement Award, CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a photo after with their children Cash and Lylah.

After receiving his Teacher Achievement Award, CHS teacher Ben Davis and his wife, Stephanie, pose for a photo after with their children Cash and Lylah.





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