Heath Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Brandy Roberts was named the 2016-17 Challenger Learning Center Outstanding Educator during a surprise presentation at the schoolwide program Thursday.
Staff from the Challenger Center, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, recognized Roberts as the center's 11th outstanding educator. During the presentation, Roberts received a framed certificate and a $100 gift certificate for science and math supplies donated by Travis School Equipment in Draffenville. In addition, Heath Middle School receives one free mission for the 2017-18 school year to Paducah's Challenger Center.
"The Challenger Learning Center program is a comprehensive educational experience for students," Center Director Mellisa Duncan said. "We created this annual award to show our appreciation to the educators who help make our program so successful. We are excited to present this award to Ms. Roberts."
Heath Middle School Principal Matthew Blackwell nominated Roberts for the award because "she is an innovative educator that is not afraid to think outside of the box, and she bases every instructional decision on what is best for her students."
Duncan said other nominations were received from area schools. Nomination form criteria included showing enthusiasm for math, science and/or technology education, and incorporating innovative teaching strategies into curriculum.