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Green County teachers honored in annual CU awards program

Campbellsville University's Excellence in Teaching Award Program honored 218 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 76 districts and/or private schools.

The teachers are selected by their school districts in each grade level (preschool/elementary, middle and high school). The purpose of the program is to recognize the quality teaching and learning taking place in the school systems throughout Kentucky.

Green County's award winning teachers are listed below:



Green County - William L. Hodges, superintendent; Melissa Karnes, Green County Intermediate School; Rebecca Cassell, Green County Middle School; and Melissa Bright, Green County High School.

Karnes, of Columbia, Ky., has taught third grade at Green County Intermediate School since 1995.

She received her bachelor's degree from Lindsey Wilson College in 1995 and earned her master's degree from Western Kentucky University in 2001. She is a 1991 graduate of Adair County High School.

She is the daughter of Phyllis and Junior Gilpin of Columbia, Ky. She is married to Rodney Karnes, and they have two children: Kacie and Maison.

Cassell, of Campbellsville, Ky., has taught reading at Green County Middle School since 2015. She teaches seventh or eighth grade reading.

From Campbellsville University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2013 and her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 2015. She earned her Master of Arts as a Teacher Leader with an Emphasis in English from the University of the Cumberlands in 2018. She is a 1982 graduate of Campbellsville High School.

She is the daughter of Dennis Davis, of Campbellsville, Ky., and Joe Yancey, of Harrisonburg, Va., and the late Susan Davis.

She is married to William Cassell, assistant professor of criminal justice at Campbellsville University, and they have three children: Cameron Dial, Logan Dial and Madison Dial.

Bright, of Greensburg, Ky., has taught chemistry at Green County High School since 1993. She teaches ninth-12th grade chemistry.

She received her Bachelor of Science from Campbellsville College in 1993 and her Master of Arts from Campbellsville University in 1996. She earned her Rank I from Western Kentucky University in 1999. She is a 1989 graduate of Green County High School.

She is the daughter of Vickie Bright, of Greensburg, Ky., and the late Glenwood Bright.


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2022-05-26 - Green County, KY - Photo by Gerard Flanagan, CU Communications.
Green County teachers receive awards at the 36th Annual Excellence in Teaching ceremony May 14. At far left is Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Campbellsville University's provost and vice president for academic affairs, and at far right is Dr. Lisa Allen, dean of Campbellsville University's School of Education. Along with Hedgepath and Allen are from left: Melissa Karnes, Green County Intermediate School; Rebecca Cassell, Green County Middle School; and Melissa Bright, Green County High School, along with Philip West, principal, Green County Middle School; Stacy Skaggs, school counselor at Green County High School; and William Hodges, Green County Schools superintendent.

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