Farmer Elementary Teacher Wins ExCEL Award

Bethany Collins honored during school ceremony

teacher stands in gym.
February 20, 2019 — Bethany Collins, a fourth-grade teacher at Farmer Elementary School, was presented the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award today. Representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and from the award sponsors — LG&E and KU and WHAS11 — honored the teacher this afternoon during a ceremony at the school.

“Ms. Collins is the epitome of an instructional leader,” said Farmer Principal Shannon Conlon. “She has an unwavering passion for teaching students and is a leader among leaders.”

A National Board Certified Teacher, she serves as the fourth-grade literary lead, and was previously the math/ literacy night coordinator; science lead; team leader; and extended school services (ESS) teacher for the school.  In addition, she leads the Farmer Elementary Girl Scout troop and sponsors the school’s equestrian club, among other school and community commitments.

“Bethany stands out as a leader amongst her colleagues, student teachers, peers and parents,” said fellow teacher Rebecca Patterson. “Her understanding and knowledge about concepts is astonishing.  Bethany’s students adore and respect her, and the environment she creates in her classroom is attractive, functional, comfortable and loving.”

As part of LG&E and KU’s commitment to supporting education across the communities it serves, Collins and other ExCEL Award-winning teachers each receive a $1,000 instructional grant from the company.