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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

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) is accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship program, recognizing pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators, and staff members in western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

This year marks the fifth year for the program WKCTC President Anton Reece established to recognize the critical role pre-K-12 teachers, administrators, and staff play in their communities and society.

"This program has grown into a special opportunity for people to say thank you to those educators and staff who play a vital role in our children’s lives and in our community," Dr. Reece said. 

Last year, more than 90 nominations were submitted for 82 people. Of the 82 nominated, 59 people submitted applications and were honored in March 2021.

This year, nominations made by faculty, staff, students, supporters, or parents are being accepted in five categories instead of the previous four categories. Nominations will not be accepted from nominees' family members, individuals outside WKCTC's 10-county service area, or family members of WKCTC employees. Nominations must be submitted by noon Friday, January 14, 2022.

Nominations are being accepted for the program’s awards, including:

  • Distinguished Administrator Award for individuals who hold the title of superintendent, director, assistant director, assistant principal, principal, etc.
  • Distinguished Faculty (Preschool/Kindergarten - 5th grade) Award 
  • Distinguished Faculty (6th grade - 12th grade) Award 
  • Cornelia Reece Unsung Hero Support Staff Award for staff such as custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, etc.
  • 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 for 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 April 21, 2022.
“With all that our community has faced, including the global pandemic, economic hardships, and recently a devastating tornado, there is no better time to recognize the continued support of our secondary teachers, administrators, and staff,” said Dr. Reece. “During this holiday season, what a wonderful gift a nomination could be.”
To submit a nomination before December 2, 2022, visit

Last year's Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program can be viewed online.