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Casey County teachers honored in annual EIT Program

Casey County teachers were among those honored in Campbellsville University's 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award Program. 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.

Casey County educators featured in this story - Barry Lee, superintendent; Lisa Sears, Walnut Hill Elementary School; Rachel Bernard, Casey County Middle School; and Jennifer Godbey, Casey County High School.

Sears, of Nancy, Ky., has taught first grade at Walnut Hill Elementary School since 2007. She formerly taught at Phelps Elementary School from 1997 until 2007 and at Douglas Elementary School from 1994 until 1997.

She received her bachelor of science degree from Western Kentucky University in 1993 and her rank II from Eastern Kentucky University in 2003. She is a 1989 graduate of Casey County High School.

She is the daughter of Barbara and Charles Lee of Liberty, Ky. She is married to Raymond Sears, and they have one child: Mallory.

Bernard, of Dunnville, Ky., teaches sixth grade math at Casey County Middle School. She formerly taught special education math.

She received her bachelor of arts from Lindsey Wilson College in 2019. She is a 2015 graduate of Casey County High School.

She is the daughter of Tammie and Gregory Bernard of Dunnville, Ky.

Godbey, of Windsor, Ky., teaches agriculture at Casey County High School. She formerly taught kindergarten at Liberty Elementary School from 2011 until 2020.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Midway University in 2009. From the University of the Cumberlands, she received her Master of Arts in K-12 literacy in 2011. She earned her Rank I in leadership from Midway University in 2017. She is a 2002 graduate of Casey County High School.

She is the daughter of Cathy Withers of Windsor, Ky. She is married to Andrew Godbey, and they have four children: Jake Weddle, Morgan Weddle, Landon Weddle and Abigail Godbey.

This story was posted on 2022-05-28 23:35:37
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Jenni Godbey from CCHS honored in EIT

2022-05-28 - Casey County, KY - Photo by Gerard Flanagan, CU Communications.
Casey County teacher Jenni Godbey of Casey County High School, center, receives the Excellence in Teaching Award from Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Campbellsville University's provost and vice president for academic affairs, left, and Dr. Lisa Allen, dean of Campbellsville University's School of Education.

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