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Community Christian Academy Teacher Selected as Challenger Learning Center Outstanding Educator

Community Christian Academy (CCA) middle school science teacher Joyce Kratz, was named the 2014-2015 Challenger Learning Center at Paducahs (CLC) Outstanding Educator during a surprise presentation during her sixth grade science class May 4.

During the presentation, Kratz, the centers ninth outstanding educator, received a framed certificate and a $100 gift certificate for science and math supplies donated by Travis School Equipment in Draffenville. In addition, CCA receives one free mission for the 2015-2016 school year to the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah.

The Challenger Learning Center program is a comprehensive educational experience for students, said Mellisa Duncan, CLC director. We created this annual award to show our appreciation to the educators who help make our program so successful, and we were excited to present this award to Ms. Kratz.

Anna Thomas, CCA principal, nominated Kratz for this award because she is a genuine and patient teacher who brings her faith into the classroom on a daily basis. She is also very organized and thorough, said Thomas.

Award criteria included showing enthusiasm for math, science and/or technology education and incorporating innovative teaching strategies into classroom curriculum.

The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is one in a network of over 40 centers worldwide. The concept of the Challenger Centers came from the families of the astronauts lost in the Challenger accident.

Registration for summer and fall classes at WKCTC is also underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit for class offerings. Fall classes begin August 17.