A Mason County Middle School teacher is one of 24 Kentucky teachers who recently received the Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award.
Kerri Stanfield teaches English to eighth-graders at Mason CountyMiddle School.
The award is given through the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline, Inc. to 24 teachers who play a role in preparing students for life after high school, according to Valvoline Manager of Community Relations Daryl Love.
“Valvoline is pleased to honor once again and recognize some of Kentucky’s outstanding teachers. These individuals play a critical role in preparing students for life after high school graduation, whether that be in college or the workforce,” Love said.
Out of those who qualify for the Valvoline award, some will be chosen as a semi-finalist for the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in May.
Stanfield said in order to receive the Valvoline award, a teacher must be nominated by a colleague.
“I work with so many amazing people,” she said. “To think they believe I’m worthy of this award is such an honor. I was shocked and humbled. It was very special to me.”
Stanfield has worked as a teacher in the Mason County School District for nine years. She graduated from Mason County High School in 1996. From there, she attended Maysville Community and Technical College, where she received her general education requirements, before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Midway College and her master’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands.
According to Stanfield, when she graduated high school, she didn’t plan to become to become a teacher.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do,” she said. “I volunteered at Straub Elementary for awhile and I realized how much I loved it. When I became a teacher, I started at Mason County Intermediate School, so I’ve taught third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth grades.”
Stanfield said there is nothing else she would want to do with her life now.
“I can’t imagine leaving the classroom anytime soon,” she said. “I love what I do. Eventually, I might want to do something in reading and writing curriculum and working with teachers on their curriculum, but for now, I don’t want to be outside the classroom.”
Stanfield said she expects to hear about the finalists for the teacher of the year award in May.