Video of Awards Cermony
Lacy Hatfield, a fourth-grade grade math and social studies teacher at Hodgenville Elementary School, is the recipient of LaRue County Schools’ 2018-19 LG&E KU and WHAS-TV Excellence in Classroom and Educational eadership(ExCEL) Award.
“I am truly honored to be LaRue County's ExCEL teacher,” said the 15-year teaching veteran.
She was named the ExCEL recipient at a dinner December 18 at the Woman’s Club of Hodgenville and was honored at a ceremony February 6 at Hodgenville Elementary School.
Other finalists were Karlotta Cecil, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School; Tim Gross, LaRue County Middle School; and Misty Bivens, LaRue County High School.
Hatfield began her career as a sixth-grade teacher in LaRue County followed by nine years in Nelson County, after which she returned to LaRue where she has taught the last five years at HES.
She said it seems so cliché to say she teaches because she wants to make a difference, but explained, “I want to make a difference academically, but most importantly I want to make a difference in each child. I want them to reflect back on their elementary days and not only carry over content in which they learned in our classroom, but the motivation and assurance they received.
“I teach because I want students to know that someone truly believes in them and that they have a purpose. I teach because I want to see students succeed in every aspect of life.”
She said LaRue County’s students are very blessed to be enrolled in a school system whose employees care about students not only in the classrooms, but also at the bus garage, cafeteria, office, family resource, and board office.
“I could fill a page about how amazing my coworkers are at HES--how awesome all LaRue County School employees are,” Hatfield shared. “Working with and around such caring, educated, and appreciative people helps make me a better person and teacher.”