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Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Gina Barker, first grade teacher at Brookville Elementary School, has been selected as the first “Educator of the Month” for the 2017-18 school year. Mrs. Barker has been teaching primary children at Brookville Elementary School for the past 17 years.
After graduating from Franklin County High School, Mrs. Barker pursued her degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University East. Since earning her Bachelor’s Degree she has taught first and second grade at Brookville Elementary and also served as an Interventionist. In addition to her Bachelor’s Degree, Mrs. Barker received Reading Recovery and CIM Intervention Training from Purdue University.
Mrs. Barker was nominated for this recognition by a parent. According to this parent, “Mrs. Barker is a very enthusiastic teacher and interacts with her students AND parents very well. She is able to adapt to different learning styles and ensure that all of her students learn. I believe Mrs. Barker goes above and beyond to give each student the opportunity to excel. Her use of Barker Bucks for rewards and penalties is very effective. She sees the best in all of her students and ensures that they see it too.”
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Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Kim Bradley has been named May’s “Educator of the Month.” Mrs. Bradley works as a special needs instructional assistant at Brookville Middle School. She has provided support and assistance for special needs students in Franklin County for the last six years.
Mrs. Bradley was nominated for this recognition by a parent. When asked why Mrs. Bradley should receive this award, the parent responded that, “Mrs. Bradley takes the role of instructional assistant to the next level. Her passion to find what works for each special needs student to succeed is a true gift.”
In her “free time”, Mrs. Bradley likes to ride her motorcycle in benefit and charity rides. In addition, to “riding” in these benefit and charity rides, Mrs. Bradley volunteers her time to organize rides. Last year, she organized a charity ride to help create a “sensory room” at Brookville Middle School.
When asked what she loves most about her job, Mrs. Bradley shared stories about the students she serves. Small successes and victories from her students brings her joy and a sense of accomplishment.
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Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is thrilled to announce that Mrs. Pam Bachus, second grade teacher at Brookville Elementary School, has been selected as April’s “Educator of the Month”. According to Howell, “Mrs. Bachus is a very dedicated and caring teacher. She pours her heart and soul into her classroom and develops long lasting relationships with her students and their families.”
Mrs. Bachus has been teaching in the Franklin County School Corporation for 19 years. Her first teaching job was at St. Gabriel School in Connersville, Indiana. Mrs. Bachus received her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Marian College. She holds a Masters Degree from Xavier University and is certified in Reading Recovery.
Mrs. Bachus was nominated for this honor by a parent. When asked why Mrs. Bachus should be considered for this recognition the parent responded, “Mrs. Bachus has a love for the children and for teaching. She makes sure all of the students understand what she is teaching, and she goes above and beyond to help every child. She is an excellent example of a perfect teacher! The Franklin County School Corporation is lucky to have her.”
Currently, Mrs. Bachus and her husband, Tom, spend … Continue reading
College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Mrs. Sara Shaver, has been named as March’s “Educator of the Month”. This honor comes on the heels of Ms. Shaver being recognized as an ISTAR Educator earlier this month.
This is Mrs. Shaver’s second year serving as Franklin County High School’s first College and Career Readiness Counselor. Mrs. Shaver is a graduate of Franklin County High School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Tech. Prior to returning to Franklin County Mrs. Shaver worked in higher education both at Brown Mackie College and Cincinnati State.
Mrs. Shaver was nominated for this recognition by a FCHS student. According to the student, “Being Franklin County High School’s College and Career Readiness Coordinator means Mrs. Shaver supervises and helps students decide their next steps after high school and prepares them for what the real world has to offer. Her door is always open to students who have transferred, are midterm graduates, and even to students who have already graduated.” She provides support and guidance to both students and their parents as they navigate the waters of college admission, scholarships, and financial … Continue reading
In January, 2017, longtime FCCSC educator, Ms. Geannie Hensel, announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. A few weeks later, Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, visited Ms. Hensel’s classroom to surprise her with the news that she had been selected as February’s “Educator of the Month”.
Ms. Hensel has been employed as a physical education and health teacher with the Franklin County Community School Corporation for 37 years. After graduating from Ball State University she secured her first teaching job at Laurel Jr. High and High School. Eventually she moved to Franklin County High School. During her tenure, Ms. Hensel has served as a teacher, coach, jr. high athletic director, and sponsored many student organizations, such as MCATZ and Bleacher Bums.
In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Hensel serves on the Franklin County Education Association negotiations team. In the community she is involved with the United Way and Relay for Life.
Ms. Hensel was nominated for this recognition by an FCHS student athlete. One of the reasons the student nominated Ms. Hensel was because of her dedication to the students of FCHS and her unwavering school spirit. She is one … Continue reading