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April 25, 2013

Excellent job: Hockersmith wins WHAS Excel, Greater Clark teacher of the year awards

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CLARKSVILLE —

“It’s truly a blessing to be able to teach with her every day and I’m lucky enough to have been teaching with her for 10 years,” Bledsoe said. “Every day, I absorb everything she gives me and I’m truly blessed with that.”

Gary Roedemeier, newscaster with WHAS, said after seeing her teach in the classroom, he’s not surprised she was chosen for the award.

“I can tell you that she is a master teacher,” Roedemeier said, “a commanding presence with her students and a role model for all that is good about public education in Greater Clark County Schools.”

As part of the Excel award, she was also given $1,000 from Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities to use in her classroom as she saw fit. Hockersmith said she wasn’t sure how she would use the money specifically, but thinks technology spending would be a good use of the funding.

“A lot of my students don’t have computers at home at all, so it’d a big deal when they get the opportunity to have a free computer pass, just time to use the computer without an assignment,” Hockersmith said. “Maybe I’ll purchase more computers for the classroom.”

Hockersmith said she was lucky to teach with educators who care so much for their students and the profession.

“I work in a building where my colleagues are so amazing,” Hockersmith said. “I can’t even express in words what a privilege it is to come to work every day and work with a group of people so dedicated to their students and dedicated to the profession.

“ I would never expect that I would be selected out of such an amazing staff.” 

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