North Oldham teacher wins award

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 Her students say her history lessons seem a lot like English lessons, but she can't help intertwining her love of history, literacy and teaching.

North Oldham High School teacher Meredith Grace was chosen as this year’s WHAS11 LG&E ExCEL Award winner for her dedication to her students and her ability to reach them all. 

"The one thing that stands out the most is her passion for every student in her classroom to succeed,” Principal Craig Wallace said. “She is one of the few teachers I can say that altered the trajectory of our school — from a standpoint of the emphasis she puts on finding a way for every student. She works hard to make sure they become problem solvers and critical thinkers."

Grace accepted the award — which comes with a $1000 check for use in her classroom — during a ceremony at North Oldham High School on March 30. 

“I’ve been blessed, truly blessed, with a role this year that places me both in the classroom and also behind the scenes,” Grace said. “I’m working with administrators, counselors, parents, students and other educators inside and outside our building in order to build our interventions program here at North to ensure that all students receive the education they need to succeed."

Grace is a 2005 graduate of North Oldham. 

"It’s a wonderful thing when a product of the Oldham County Schools comes back and decides to pursue her teaching career here in Oldham County,” said Interim Superintendent Rick McHargue. “We are delighted by that."

“I only hope to one day be as great an educator as many of the ones I’m surrounded by at North,” Grace said of her administration. “Especially the ones who once taught me, supported me, encouaged me and loved me as a student here several years ago."

The WHAS LG&E Excel Award dates back to 1989, and honors 13 teachers in Kentuckiana each year. 


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