Jenny Wells

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College of Education Honors Teachers

Published: Apr 30, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2013) — Since 1998, Mary Ann Vimont has overseen a program that has honored nearly 1,900 educators throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and across the United States. The idea was born one day when she visited a local school where she saw a large group of the school’s students sitting on the floor listening to then-University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach Tubby Smith. Coach Smith told the students how important education and their teachers were and that if they needed anything, they could go to them. He said that they would make a difference in their lives. Vimont returned to the College of Education that day and began working on the first Teachers Who Made a Difference Program.

 

Fifteen years later, after honoring so many meaningful educators, Vimont was honored herself for creating a program that has meant so much to so many over the years.

 

“I don’t do this for me,” Vimont said. “Tubby’s words those years ago stuck with me, and he was right. Teachers are important to us all, whether we know it or not. I knew we needed to come up with a way to let anyone honor those who have helped so much. But it means so much that my daughter, Kathryn, was here today. For the first time in my life, I’m speechless.”

 

For the 15th anniversary program, assisted for the second consecutive year by UK Women’s Head Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell, the UK College of Education honored more than 150 educators from 12 states for the significant influence they have had in the lives of their students.

 

“The University of Kentucky College of Education prides itself on preparing great teachers,” Vimont added. “As part of our mission, we also think it is important to honor those teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students, here in Kentucky and across the country.”

 

Teachers Who Made a Difference is not a competition. Each year, all submissions are accepted up to a predetermined limit with each being honored that year. Also each year, the program is assisted by a spokesperson who helps get the word out. In the past, Dermontti Dawson, Tubby Smith, former UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr., Kyle Macy, Dan and Cheri Issel, and UK Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari have led the charge.

 

Educators were invited to a breakfast reception and program at the UK Student Center Great Hall and Center Theater. Entertainment was provided by the cast of Les Miserables from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington, Ky. Honorees and their guests also were treated to remarks from UK President Eli Capilouto and Coach Mitchell. The program was rounded out by the recognition of the honorees and the presentation of certificates to those in attendance.

 

If you are interested in nominating a teacher for the 2014 program, submissions will be accepted beginning in December 2013 at http://education.uky.edu/Community/TWMAD.

 

 

The 2013 Teachers Who Made a Difference Honorees

 

Kentucky

Robert J. Adams, Lexington

Bradley Anderson, Lexington

Richard Andreatta, Lexington

Daisy Andry, Lexington

John Anthony, Lexington

Kristin H. Ashford, Nicholasville

Victoria Bach, Richmond

Frank Baldridge, Inez

Jamie Byrne Baldwin, Louisville

Beth Barnes, Lexington

Orville Bennett, Beattyville

Troy Benningfield, Campbellsville

Monnie Berger, Harrodsburg

Sarah Bevins, Mt. Sterling

Susan Blevins, Campbellsville

Jennifer Bode, Louisville

Ella Bowling, Brooksville

Martha Boyd, May's Lick

Scott Brown, Lexington

Pam Brown, Lexington

Kelli Burton, Lexington

Lindi Long Campbell, Lexington

Nancy Chiara, Louisville

Melissa Clinkenbeard, Union

Victoria Paige Cloud, Middlesboro

DeShana Collett, Lexington

Marilyn Collins, Richmond

Lee Coomer, Lexington

Michael Cooper, Morehead

Ralph Crystal, Lexington

Raleigh Dailey, Lexington

Jennifer Dalenberg, Lexington

Melody Danley, Lexington

Edward Dixon, Louisa

James Kevin Downs, Louisville

Dolly Dressman, Lexington

Pam Duncan, Versailles

Steven Lee Ellis, Lexington

Sharon McGuire Evans, Madisonville

Jim Fields, Brooksville

Cortney Hannah Flannery, Beaver

Lucille Garner, Burkesville

Michael Gerst, Lakeside Park

Karen Gill, Lexington

Steve Goggin, Danville

Kelly Gray, Harrodsburg

Jim Green, Morgantown

Robert Grossman, Lexington

Beth Sara Guiton, Lexington

Heidi Hamlyn, Lexington

Beth Hancock, Madisonville

Rexford E. Hanson, Elizabethtown

Holly Hapke, Georgetown

Teresa D. Harley, Harrodsburg

Debbie Harrod, Springfield

Dallas "Wayne" Hayden, Rineyville

Alyson Hayes, Lexington

Volinda J. Heimann, Shepherdsville

Sylvia Hensley, Mt. Eden

Lori Hetzel, Lexington

Calvin “Ted” Higgs, Lexington

Gordon Holbein, Lexington

Katy Hollinger, Lexington

Michelle Hollingsworth, Lexington

Kevin Holm-Hudson, Lexington

Amy Hosier, Lexington

Bobby Howard, Lexington

Wuyang Hu, Lexington

Robert M. Ireland, Lexington

Lynne Jensen, Lexington

Kendra Johnson, Lexington

Janet Mattingly Johnson, Mt. Sterling

Brandee Kaelin, Louisville

Albert Kalim, Lexington

Susannah Kilbourne, Lexington

Carl Andrew Kling, Louisville

Stephanie Knauer, Hebron

Wayne D. Lewis, Versailles

Noemi Lugo, Lexington

Karen Martin, Midway

Georgie Medina, Lexington

Dominique Metze, Richmond

Erin Milburn, Harrodsburg

Catherine Guthrie Milburn, Danville

Cynthia Miller, Lexington

Tammy Mitten-Connell, Fairview

Laura Moore, Louisville

Krista Mullins, Nicholasville

Julie Muravchick, Frankfort

Ron Myers, Elizabethtown

Brenda Nally, Nicholasville

Susan Odom, Lexington

Anne Olson, Lexington

Jeffrey Osborn, Lexington

Jeffery S. Ovall, Lexington

Lisa Padgett, Versailles

Hoarse Partin, Williamsburg

Ron Pen, Lexington

Teresa Perry, Lexington

Christopher Pool, Lexington

Sherry R. Profitt, Rogers

Kendra Quire, Frankfort

Joseph Ratliff, Lexington

Carol A. Riker, Lexington

Ruth S. Roberts, Somerset

Ruth Robinson, London

Andrew William Robinson, Shelbyville

Frank Romanelli, Lexington

Margery Thomas Rouse (deceased), Erlanger

Ana Rueda, Lexington

Jayme Knight Runyon, Paintsville

Buck Ryan, Lexington

Heather Sanders, Harrodsburg

Willard Marvin Sandidge (deceased), Lawrenceburg

Frank Scott, Lexington

Kate Seago, Lexington

Richard Sears, Berea

Loyall Shelly, Harrodsburg

Dan Shumer, Lexington

Jennifer Smith, Lexington

Rosemary Snow, Lexington

Miranda Stewart, Lexington

Lisa Stone, Winchester

Douglas R. Strachan, Lexington

Aggie Sullinger, Lexington

George Szekely, Lexington

Lavonne Taylor, Ivel

Charlie Taylor, Somerset

Harlan Tolle, Lexington

Kenneth Tyler, Lexington

Virginia Valentin, Lexington

Mary Ann Vimont, Lexington

Irina Voro, Lexington

Jackie Watson, Lexington

Ann Watts, Lexington

Geraldine S. Welch, Sidney

Joseph Wilson, Lexington

Jerry Wright, Bowling Green

 

Connecticut

Cameron Faustman, Lebanon

 

Illinois

Breanne Farren, Aurora

 

Indiana

Rich Christensen, Westfield

Nancy Nation, Terre Haute

 

Michigan

Ramona D. Eger, Hale

Delois Wynne, Oak Park

Jim Veillette, West Bloomfield

 

New Jersey

Rakhi Chadha, Jersey City

 

North Carolina

Holly Brower, Winston-Salem

Sharon Sarvey, Goldsboro

 

Ohio

Philip J. Glandon, Gambier

Kari Phillips, Lewis Center

Lee Suman, Hamilton

 

Oregon

Dirk Iwata-Reuyl, Corbett

 

Pennsylvania

Karen Eisenhauer, Harrisburg

 

Tennessee

Sandra Beeler Massie (deceased), Greenback

Amy Parks Simmons, Martin

 

Virginia

Tonja K. Saylor, Rose Hill

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