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Artavia Acklin of Clear Creek Elementary School has been named ExCEL Teacher of the Year.
She was saluted Wednesday for the honor, receiving a Golden Apple from WHAS-TV, $1,000 from Eon-USA, and a marble desk plaque with a wooden apple from Superintendent James Neihof.
In a letter of application for the honor, Acklin wrote, "Although neither of my parents attended college, both instilled the strongest educational values in me.
Daddy had a saying that made we want to do well: 'Work hard and allow yourself to be educated. You can do anything if you work hard.'
"That simple quote guided me through many challenging days."
Acklin graduated magna cum laude in elementary education from Kentucky State University and received her masters of arts in education from Georgetown College, where she also was an honors graduate.
She has a Rank One in education literacy from the University of Louisville and is pursuing the provisional instructional leadership principal program at Western Kentucky.
She has been a teacher in Shelby County for 13 years and has won numerous certifications and awards.
Acklin and her husband, Tommy, a teacher at the Education Center @ Cropper, have one daughter, Nevaeh.
TEXT BOX Biographical information EDUCATION
• Kentucky State University: magna cum laude graduate with Bachelor of Arts in elementary education
• Georgetown College: honors graduate with Master of Arts in education
• University of Louisville: Rank One in education literacy
• Western Kentucky University: pursuing provisional certificate for instructional leadership principal
EXPERIENCE • 13 years teaching in Shelby County Leadership Awards • Kentucky Writing Program: Master Trainer 2007 currently • School Instructional Leadership Team: 2007 currently
• Selected for Kentucky Writing Program Advisory Committee: 2006
• Louisville Writing Project Teacher of the Year: 2004