Tessa-HooksTessa Hooks at surprise presentation May 5.PADUCAH, Ky. (5/6/14) — Tessa Hooks, Paducah Middle School sixth grade science teacher, was named the 2013-2014 Challenger Learning Center at Paducah’s Outstanding Educator during a surprise presentation at the school’s teacher staff meeting May 5.

Staff from the Challenger Center recognized Hooks as the center’s eighth outstanding educator. During the presentation, Hooks received a framed certificate and a $100 gift certificate for science and math supplies donated by Travis School Equipment in Draffenville. In addition, Paducah Public Schools receives one free mission for the 2014-2015 school year to the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah.

“The Challenger Learning Center program is a comprehensive educational experience for students,” Duncan said. “We created this annual award to show our appreciation to the educators who help make our program so successful. We are excited to present this award to Ms. Hooks.”

Stacey Overlin, Paducah Middle School principal, nominated Hooks for this award because “she is a gifted young educator with an unusual ability to engage her students in learning science.” Overlin said Hooks incorporates the Challenger Learning Center program into her daily science lessons.

Duncan said several nominations were received from area schools. Numerous criterions were included in the nomination forms including “shows enthusiasm for math, science and/or technology education and incorporates innovative teaching strategies into their curriculum.“

The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is one in a network of over 45 centers worldwide. The concept of the Challenger Centers came from the families of the astronauts lost in the Challenger accident. The center in Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a result of a partnership between the college and Paducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation for WKCTC.

For more information about the center, visit clcpaducah.org.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Tammy Thompson

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

In Other News...

Upcoming Events at Land Between the Lakes

KENTUCKY (11/26/15) — Land Between the Lakes offers a variety of fun programs for all ages and interests. Thursday,… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 10064

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8787

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7650

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4673

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 3309

Man Injured When Vehicle Collides with Deer

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 15906

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14495

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 26, 2015 2625

Muhlenberg Sheriff's Office Makes Cocaine Bust

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 2402

Man Hospitalized after Early Morning Car Accident

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 2396

Madisonville Man Charged with Attempted Murder…

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 1713

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1244

First United Bancorp Set to Purchase Town &…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 929

Thanksgiving is Peak Day for Cooking Fires

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 906

Hooked on Science - Pinecone Hygrometer

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 815

Farm City Breakfast Recognizes Importance of…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 683

Hopkins County Warriors Go to National…

by SurfKY News