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Joel Cates Selected WKCTC Teacher of Year

PADUCAH, KY (April 25, 2016) Joel Cates was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College Monday.

Cates, an assistant professor of mathematics, was selected from among 27 faculty members who were also nominated by the colleges student body for the award. Nominees had to have an assistant professor status or above and have been a member of the WKCTC teaching faculty for the past three years.

In nominating Cates, one student said, Ive had several courses with Mr. Cates, and Ive never had a math teacher more engaging in the subject. He loves his course and his students; it is evident every day in his class.

With his first nomination, Cates, a McCracken County resident, said he felt both privileged and surprised to receive the award. Its a profound honor to be at WKCTC and teach among my peers, and teach these students probably the best students in Kentucky, said Cates. When you get nominated, you dont want to expect anything, but you hope and dream it might be you. And when you hear your name called, its validation of all that youre doing for the students.

Cates expressed special thanks to his wife, Kelli, the WKCTC math faculty and his church congregation and pastor for their support.

Cates joined the WKCTC faculty in 2011. He holds a bachelors degree in engineering physics and a masters degree in math from Murray State University. He also serves as sponsor for the colleges math club chapter of Mu Alpha Theta and co-sponsor for the Campus Ministries student organization.

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