MURRAY, Ky. — Several educators and service professionals from across the region will be honored at the 35th annual Harry M. Sparks Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services, on Tuesday, April 30. The event is scheduled to take place in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center from 5–7 p.m. Following a public nomination process, a committee met and selected the following individuals to receive the college’s alumni awards:

  • Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher: Kimberly Nantz, Hendron Lone Oak Elementary School
  • Outstanding Elementary School Teacher: Stephanie Laird, Heath Elementary School
  • Outstanding Middle School Teacher: Lori Hyde, Lone Oak Middle School
  • Outstanding High School Teacher: Justin Scott, Murray High School
  • Outstanding Education Administrator: Stephen Ybarzabal, Clark Elementary School
  • Outstanding Education Support Staff: Chiffon Winston, McNabb Elementary School
  • Outstanding Service Professional: Terra Bryan, Fulton Independent School District

These awardees were recognized as advocates in their field, often going 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.

Member of the public 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.

Visit murraystate.edu/sparks to RSVP for the Sparks Lecture by Monday, April 15.

Photo: Several educators and service professionals from across the region will be honored at the 35th annual Harry M. Sparks Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services, on Tuesday, April 30

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