Two Teacher Scholars Program participants recognized for excellence

(May 4, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ky. social studies teachers Carmen Thompson and Sonya Gardner have been recognized for excellence in civic education.

Two members of the McConnell Center's 2014-15 Teacher Scholars Program have been recognized as outstanding teachers.

Sonya Gardner, a social studies teacher at Franklin County High School, was commended by the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office for her efforts to promote civic education. Gardner was one of 10 finalists considered for the Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized Gardner for having made notable contributions towards promoting and implementing civic learning to prepare students to be active and engaged in their communities. Gardner was recognized at a ceremony at Rupp Arena in March for her achievements.

Carmen Thompson, a social studies teacher at Elkhorn Middle School, was named the “Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year” by the Kentucky Historical Society for her outstanding contributions to middle school history education. The award recognizes teachers for their commitment to the intellectual development of their students. More specifically, the recipients are recognized for their development and use of creative teaching methods that engage students in history. Thompson accepted the honor last month at the National History Day Competition in Frankfort, Ky.

The McConnell Center's Teacher Scholars Program is a nine-month professional development series limited to 25 Ky. social studies teachers. Participation in TSP allows teachers to earn more than 30 hours of professional development credit and network with leading teachers in the state. Applications are currently available for the 2015-16 academic year.