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Deborah Hensley retires from Adair Middle School

Mrs. Deborah Hensley is the last teacher retiring at Adair County Middle School this year. Her career highlights are below. We give her our congratulations and best wishes! - Deb Waddell

By Deborah Hensley

Teaching students for 28 years at the middle school level has been a great job to look forward to daily. Each day is different. Each class period is different. Each individual is unique, and all these make for a wonderful challenging day.

I began my career teaching science at Adair County Middle School in the "old high school" (my alma mater). At that time, one hallway was used by 8th grade, and the rest of the building was closed off due to needed repairs. My students were bussed daily to the high school for lunch.

Serving as Academic Coach and tutoring took up time after school. One of the highlights was flying with students to Washington, D.C., to see the sights. For several years, this May 2011 trip was the last out of state school trip prior to 9-11.

After several years, I moved to teaching 6th grade science in the complex at the original John Adair School. Many students were able to participate in my afterschool programs of Space and Aviation and/or Environmental Science. Fun times were spent at a local creek, analyzing living organisms and testing the water quality. This culminated with spending three days of Environmental Camp at Jabez, Kentucky, all while completing experiments, projects and night hikes.

An opportunity for teaching at Shepherd Grade Center enticed me to transfer to teach grades 5-8 science and math and/or Algebra until its closing. Once again, I taught Space and Aviation and Environmental Camp after school. A fun field trip was traveling to the Space and Rocket Center, along with the Redstone Military location in Huntsville, Alabama. While there,students were able to walk through a mockup of the International Space Station (ISS). They were able to view two of the ISS nodes being built on site.

My next move brought me full circle back to teaching 8th grade students at the middle school.

Prior to becoming a part of the ACMS family, I was able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree at Lindsey Wilson College. Getting a taste of learning led me to earn a degree from Western Kentucky University for a Masters in middle grades science. Furthering my quench for knowledge took me to Eastern Kentucky University to earn my Masters in Educational Leadership. Lastly, I earned my final Masters with a degree from Murray State University in Environmental Science.

Serving as the sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) blessed me to see the spiritual side of students' lives.

Being an educator has led me to meet many students and their families. At the same time, it has offered me opportunities to travel throughout the United States and Europe to gain more knowledge to share with my students.

Great memories, and life-long friendships have been made and will be always be treasured.

This feature is shared with Columbia Magazine by Mrs. Deb Waddell, 6th Grade Science, Newspaper and Yearbook Advisor, BETA Club Assistant, President ACEA Board Member/Secretary MCEA

This story was posted on 2021-05-14 15:48:28
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Happy Retirement, Mrs. Hensley!

2021-05-14 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Deb Waddell, ACMS 6th Grade Science.
Mrs. Deborah Hensley is the last teacher retiring from Adair County Middle School this year. Her bio and memories are shared in the story linked to this photo.

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