LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Annually, the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce awards three outstanding teachers — one from elementary, middle, and high school levels — as “Teachers of the Year.”
Students, parents, fellow teachers and the community at large are allowed to vote via nomination form. Once forms are returned, a Chamber of Commerce selection committee reviews the nominations, selects the top 20 nominees, and talks with school principals for the final selection process. The award is presented to new nominees each year at the organization’s annual banquet.
The Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by L&N Federal Credit Union and each teacher is presented with a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize for their personal use.
This year’s winners were recognized at the Chamber banquet on March 4. They were: Kathy Vaughn, North Laurel Middle School; Bridgette Napier, North Laurel High School; and Carolyn Allen, London Elementary School.
Vaughn chooses teaching as second career
By Nita Johnson
Sixteen years of dealing with pre-adolescent students is not for everyone.
“A lot of people don’t like this age,” said Kathy Vaughn, a Language Arts teacher at North Laurel Middle School. “But I love this age. I guess everyone has their niche.”
Her ‘niche’ began after she earned a four-year degree in Fashion Merchandising and spent seven years as a buyer for J.C. Penney. But changes came and she accepted a job at the northern county middle school as an instructional assistant.
“I saw that I loved middle school kids,” Vaughn said. “So I went back to school and got my teaching certification.”
That decision was the defining point in her life, and Vaughn is dedicated to being the best she can be as well as helping her students achieve their best potential.
“You have to look at every individual child and what they need to be successful,” she added. “Some need more attention than others. As a Language Arts teacher, you have to analyze every assignment to see the successes of the individual.”