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November 2, 2007

Somerset's Shirley Dick tabbed top educator

Somerset — She’s invested more than half her life nurturing and encouraging local students — and now a Somerset educator has earned statewide recognition.

Shirley Dick, director of district-wide programs in the Somerset Independent School District, has been named winner of the prestigious Kentucky Association of Educational Supervisors (KAES) 2007 Outstanding Educator Award.

The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the KAES Fall Leadership Institute Recognition Breakfast in Lexington, Ky.

The KAES Board of Directors established the first annual KAES Outstanding Educator Award to recognize the achievements of members who have made significant contributions to the promotion of excellence in instruction and curriculum for all Kentucky children.

Dick began her teaching career at Science Hill Elementary School. She would spend three years there before moving to the Somerset Independent District, where she has worked for the last 30 years. She now works in the Somerset district’s central office.

“Before beginning my tenure as an administrator, I spent 21 wonderful years in the classroom,” she said.

“I loved my time teaching second, third, fourth, and fifth graders — all with varying abilities, gifts, and personalities. I was also blessed to have spent seven of those years as a co-coach for the Meece Middle and Somerset High School Academic Teams. ...

“This teaching and learning profession has been a major blessing in my life. Being an educator is not just what I do, but it helps define who I am. ... My passion for this profession has never waned,” she continued.

“It is a privilege to serve our students and to help them become the best they can be. My personal commitment involves connecting instruction, planning, professional development, and providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum to help students reach proficiency.”

Dick said the award is not only a personal honor, but also an honor to the Somerset Schools.

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