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Two Teacher of the Year finalists surprised with $500 each

February 13, 2017 – The Franklin County Public Schools and Community Trust Bank today continued recognizing outstanding teachers by surprising two teachers - one from Bondurant Middle School and one from Western Hills High School - with checks for $500.

Bobbie Fryman, who teaches at Bondurant Middle, was awarded $500 by Community Trust Bank for being named District Middle School Teacher of the Year. This designation made her one of three finalists for District Teacher of the Year.

Western Hills High School teacher Eric Shields also received a check for $500, for being named the district’s High School Teacher of the Year. He, too, was therefore a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year award.

John M. Senter of Community Trust Bank presents Ms. Fyman with a ceremonial check.

Ms. Fryman has been a teacher 13 years. She started her career at Bondurant, and currently serves as a mathematics interventionist. In a letter she prepared as part of the teacher of the year process, she wrote, “I’ve come to realize that showing the students that I respect and care for them while having high expectations of them is the most important and difficult part of being a teacher. My goal isn’t to make sure that I’m their favorite teacher or that math is their favorite class. …my goal is to teach them the skills needed to keep math from being a barrier to their future.”

John M. Senter of Community Trust Bank presents Mr. Shields with a ceremonial check.

Mr. Shields, who is a graduate of Western Hills, did not decide to become a teacher until he was 25. In his reflective article, he wrote, “I’m continually focused on growth and change. I am always looking for new, different, and better ways to teach the skills and concepts in my area. If we’re not looking to grow ourselves and challenge and engage our kids, I think we’ve probably already failed before we’ve even started.”

District Superintendent Chrissy Jones said, “One of my long-term goals has been to make the Teacher of the Year award more rigorous and meaningful than it has been in the past. We revamped the program this year to make it more strenuous and we asked Community Trust Bank to partner with us by providing a financial award to the three finalists.”

“Ms. Fryman and Mr. Shields both exemplify the kind of teachers we have – and always want - in Franklin County. I’m just sorry we can’t reward more of our outstanding teachers in a similar way,” said Ms. Jones.

John M. Senter, Assistant Vice President of Community Trust, had the honor of awarding a symbolic check to Ms. Fryman and Mr. Shields in front of their students. “Community Trust recognizes the importance of partnering with our local schools. Our participation in this program is just one way we do that.”

The District Teacher of the Year, Layne Allen, was surprised with the award during a school assembly Friday afternoon at Peaks Mill Elementary, where she teaches fifth grade. She received a check for $1,000 from Community Trust Bank. Mrs. Allen, Ms. Fryman and Mr. Shields are being nominated by the school district for the Valvoline Inc. Teacher Achievement Award, which is presented annually to one teacher in the state. That program is administered by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The three finalists were selected from a pool of candidates representing 12 of the Franklin County public schools, each of which had selected its own Teacher of the Year. The school candidates were observed in their classrooms and interviewed by a committee that included two judges from outside the school district. The funds are a personal award to the teachers and they are free to use the money in any way they choose.

In addition to Mrs. Allen, Ms. Fryman and Mr. Shields, the school teachers of the year are (in alphabetical order):
  • Cara Atha, Elkhorn Elementary School
  • Cathryn Carreer, Early Learning Village
  • Elizabeth Colley, Bridgeport Elementary School
  • Holly Dickert, Collins Lane Elementary School
  • David Hughes, Hearn Elementary School
  • Christen Jones, Westridge Elementary School
  • Tierelee Logan, The Academy
  • Greg Pelfrey, Franklin County High School
  • Deana Williams, Elkhorn Middle School

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