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Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program

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Education is for improving the lives of others and for
leaving your community and world better than you found it.
  - Marian Wright Edelman

Paducah, KY (10/19/2022) — West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) is accepting nominations for the 2022-2023 Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program (REASP), recognizing pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators, and staff members in western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

WKCTC President Anton Reece said the awards recognize the critical role pre-K-12 teachers, administrators, and staff play in their communities and society. Last year, more than 140 people received nominations. About 90 of those nominated submitted applications and were honored.

"We're hoping for more nominations this year so we can recognize some very deserving educators and staff," Reece said.

Nominations in WKCTC's 10-county region are being accepted now through December 2 for the program's awards in the following categories:

  1. Distinguished Administrator Award for individuals who hold the title of director, assistant director, assistant principal, principal, etc.
  2. Distinguished Faculty (Preschool/Kindergarten - 5th grade) Award
  3. Distinguished Faculty (6th grade - 12th grade) Award
  4. Cornelia Reece Unsung Hero Support Staff Award for staff such as custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, etc.
  5. Cornelia Reece Unsung Hero Administrative Staff Award for staff such as counselors, coaches, family resource coordinators, etc.
    The Unsung Hero Staff awards are named in honor of Dr. Reece's wife, Cornelia, who was involved in K-12 education in Paducah for 13 years with the Family Resource Center and 13 years in Knoxville, Tenn., with Project Graduation.

In conjunction with the awards program, a scholarship was established for WKCTC students interested in K-12 teaching, early childhood education, or educational majors to encourage and assist the region's future educators. Since the REASP's inception, sponsors and other contributors have given more than $31,000 to the Regional Educators Program Future Educators Scholarship.

All nominees who complete a REASP application will be recognized during a program, where winners in each category will be announced on March 30, 2023. To submit a nomination, submit the form by December 2, 2022.

Spring classes at WKCTC begin on January 10.

2022 Winners and finalists were:

Cynthia S. Collins, Heath Elementary School Jump Start kindergarten teacher

Brittany Riley,
Morgan Elementary School erd grade teacher

Keri L. Cornwell, Symsonia Elmentary School 3rd & 4th grade science teacher

Courtney C. Brantley McCracken County High School family and consumer sciences teachdr

Elaine R. Farris, Lone Oak Middle School special education teacher

Robert Wade Morse, Paducah Tilghman High School English department chair

Geco E. Ross,
Paducah Middle School principal

Billy Edwards, Mayfield High School principal

Jonathan Reid, Hendron Lone Oak Elmentary school principal

LaToya Benberry,
McNabb Elementary Kids Co. II director    

Ann Samons, Murray High School counselor

Brandon Uzzle, Fulton County Schools Family Ties director

Todd Moore
Paducah Public Schools, mainetenance supervisor 

Wanda Kay Rouse, Paducah Public Schools administrative assistant - personnel

Annaka Wilson, Paducah Public Schools instructional assistant

Interested in contributing to the scholarship fund or serving as a sponsor for the 2023 Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program? Contacting Kyle Fisher at or 270-534-3086. Event sponsors are featured in program publications.

The 2022 Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program can be viewed online.