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Wright, Gibson and Ackerman honored in annual EIT program

Russell County's education community is featured in Campbellsville University's Excellence in Teaching Award Program. This year it honored 218 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 76 districts and/or private schools.

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



Russell County teachers are below:

Russell County - Michael Ford, superintendent; Melinda Wright, Russell Springs Elementary School; Lindsay Gibson, Russell County Middle School; and Carol Ackerman, Russell County High School.

Wright, of Russell Springs, Ky., has taught at Russell Springs Elementary School since 2006. She formerly taught at Nancy Elementary School from 2003 until 2006.

She attended Somerset Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2003. She is a 1999 graduate of Russell County High School.

She is the daughter of Mary Ellen and Jeffery Smith of Russell Springs, Ky. She is married to Waylon Wright, and they have four children: Madalyn, Catherine, Lucian and Grayson Wright.

Gibson, of Russell Springs, Ky., has taught seventh grade math at Russell County Middle School since 2015. She formerly taught at Southern Middle School from 2009 until 2015.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Math Education and Christian Ministries from Lindsey Wilson College in 2009. From the University of the Cumberlands, she received her Master of Arts in School Counseling in 2014 and her Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling in 2016. She is a 2005 graduate of Russell County High School.

She is the daughter of Tammy and Ricky Egnew. She is married to Taylor Gibson, and they have two children: Scout Monroe and Boone Wilder Gibson.

Ackerman, of Russell Springs, Ky., has taught ninth-12th grades at Russell County High School since 2005.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Science/Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994. She received her Master of Arts in Special Education from Campbellsville University in 2005. She is a 1989 graduate of Pulaski County High School.

She is married to Wayne Ackerman, and they have three children: Clay Ackerman, Amelia Ackerman and Elizabeth Antle.


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Russell County educators honored in CU program



2022-06-07 - Russell County, KY - Photo by Gerard Flanagan, CU Communications.
Russell 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. Melinda Wright, Russell Springs Elementary School; Lindsay Gibson, Russell County Middle School; and Carol Ackerman, Russell County High School; along with Wayne Ackerman, principal, Russell County Middle School; and Michael A. Ford, Russell County Schools superintendent.

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