Noe Middle Teacher Wins ExCEL Award

Kim Joiner honored during school ceremony

Kim Joiner, a teacher at Noe Middle School, has been presented with the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award. Representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and from the award sponsors — LG&E and KU and WHAS11 — honored the teacher on Feb. 28 during a ceremony at the school. 

“Ms. Joiner is one of the most dynamic and well-liked teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with in my 25 years in education,” said Gina Shemwell, assistant principal at Noe.  “Her rapport with students is unmatched, and she works endlessly to give them the greatest possible experiences in her classroom.” 

Headshot of Kim Joiner, ExCEL Award Recipient

“Impacting the lives of her students is one of her many hats,” said Abbey Pierce, a language arts teacher – and former student of Ms. Joiner -- at Noe.  “For many colleagues in the building, she is a ray of sunshine, always willing to lend a hand or give a smile.  Without a doubt, I am blessed to have been taught by Ms. Joiner as her student, inspired that I get to work with her as a colleague, and honored to be able to call her my friend.”

Joiner was one of 24 teachers to receive a 2018 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award, and was a 2017 finalist for Kentucky Teacher of the Year. 

Known affectionately to her students as “Mrs. JJ,” she is an advocate of year-round learning, and has partnered with an educational touring company to lead student and parent excursions to culturally rich destinations including Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and England.  She’s also collaborated with the ArtsLiteracy Project to develop a curriculum unit for middle school students to bring history to life for her students and integrate arts in a powerful way.

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

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