MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services is asking individuals in the region to submit nominations for its annual alumni awards. The following honors will be presented at the college’s 35th annual Harry M. Sparks Distinguished Lecture, which is scheduled to take place in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center from 5-7 p.m. on April 30:

  • Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher – includes head-start and preschool teachers
  • Outstanding Elementary School Teacher – includes all elementary school teachers
  • Outstanding Middle School Teacher – includes all middle school teachers
  • Outstanding High School Teacher – includes all high school and career/technical education teachers
  • Outstanding Education Administrator – includes superintendents, principals, assistant principals, directors of pupil personnel, directors of special education, school psychologists, school counselors, finance directors, instructional supervisors, etc.
  • Outstanding Education Support Staff – includes instructional assistants, receptionists, food service workers, custodial staff, bus drivers, etc.
  • Outstanding Service Professional – includes those working in the areas of criminal justice, nonprofit leadership, speech-language pathology and social work

Desired candidates are advocates in their field, often go above and beyond the call of duty to serve others and work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems. They are effective leaders, helpful teammates and inspiring mentors. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, but award recipients should be alumni of Murray State.

All are welcome to attend the Sparks Lecture, which is a free, community-wide event. In addition to the alumni awards presentation, this event will feature a lecture by Dr. Wayne D. Lewis, Jr. and a complimentary dinner. Lewis currently serves as the Kentucky Commissioner of Education and leads the Kentucky Department of Education.

Please visit murraystate.edu/sparks to submit your award nominations by March 15. While there, individuals may also RSVP for the annual Sparks Lecture before April 15.

Photo: Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services is asking individuals in the region to submit nominations for its annual alumni awards.

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