Campbellsville Elementary School instructional assistant Allen Costley received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Costley received the classified Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
CES Guidance Counselor Donna White nominated Costley for the honor.
On his nomination form, White wrote that Costley always steps up and does what is needed for students.
White wrote that Costley has used his personal money to purchase items for students and often makes home visits to make a connection for them between home and school.
“[He] has been a great liaison for CES in that way,” White wrote.
Costley works many hours after school with at-risk students to tutor them or work out or coach them in the gym.
“This is not because he is being paid to do so,” White wrote. “It is because he cares deeply for our students. Many times, he is sacrificing time with his family to meet with the student who does not have a father in the house or a student who is going through a tough time.”
White wrote that Costley is an outgoing role model who has bonded with many students who need “that person” at school.
“Mr. Allen has become a valuable staff member who can be counted on to help in any way needed,” White wrote. “He would never be on to say, ‘That’s not my job.’ His mindset is more, “How can I help?”
Costley began working at CES in August 2018.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at right, honors Campbellsville Elementary School instructional assistant Allen Costley with the classified Change Award.