By RON BENNINGFIELD/LaRue County Herald News
Award sponsors, district staff, and students honored Lacy Hatfield as the 2019 LaRue County Schools LG&E-KU and WHAS-TV Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award winner February 6 at Hodgenville Elementary School.
Lisa Hutson, WHAS-TV 11 news anchor, presented the 15-year teaching veteran a “golden apple” trophy, recognizing Hatfield for her going the extra mile to make a difference in her students’ lives.
Hutson shared comments from Hatfield’s colleagues including one that read, “Lacy creates and fosters an excitement among students to learn each and every day.”
Liz Pratt, LG&E-KU media relations manager, presented the fourth-grade math and social studies teacher with a $1,000 check to use for school purposes.
Price Smith, LaRue County Board of Education chairperson, read a letter from LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner proclaiming February 6 “Lacy Hatfield Day” throughout the county.
David Raleigh, LaRue County Schools superintendent, read a congratulatory letter from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul followed by the fourth grade choir, under the direction of Kathy Milby, singing “You Have Made a Difference.”
Making a difference was a well-noted theme of two other speakers.
Sara Wright, a colleague and friend who called Hatfield her mentor, said the award recipient’s classroom was a place “where students’ thoughts and creativity were always appreciated.”
Chris Price, HES principal, noted Hatfield fist-bumping her students upon the days’ dismissal to let them know each one was important to her. He also mentioned how her family takes part in providing food baskets for people in the community and church, and how through it all, she was humble.
“Everything she does is not for her glory, but because she genuinely cares about others,” Price told the gym full of students and visitors.