Hazelwood Elementary teacher Debra Glover wins ExCEL Award

Teacher honored during school ceremony

Debra Glover, a third grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School, is the first recipient of the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award for 2019. Representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and from the award sponsors — LG&E and KU and WHAS11 — honored the teacher on January 23 during a ceremony at the school.

“Ms. Glover has a unique ability to touch every student in her classroom, making sure that no one is left behind, and what is incredible is that her students know it,” said fellow Hazelwood teacher Sarah Reed, Kentucky Teacher of the Year for 2015.  “Her instruction inspires students to learn more, achieve more, and aspire more.  As a result her students simply do amazing work!” 

Headshot of teacher Debra Glover

Since 2017, Glover has taught at Hazelwood, where she collaborates with staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning and student engagement.  Prior to that, she taught at Cane Run Elementary School, where she was a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and Environmental Leadership Team, and was selected as a Teacher Professional Evaluation System peer observer.   She’s also taught in Ankara, Turkey and Beijing. 

“Hazelwood Elementary has a high percentage of students from serious poverty and often lack support from the home,” said Hazelwood Principal Tom Peterson.  “Despite these challenges, Ms. Glover has developed a strong community in her classroom and her students respond eagerly to her high expectations for academic achievement and behavior.”

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