LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A community celebration at Hodgenville Elementary School filled a gymnasium on Wednesday, March 26, as fourth grade science teacher Traci Weaver was named the WHAS-TV ExCel Award teacher of the year.
Weaver is the tenth ExCel Award winner since Larue began the ExCel program in 2005. She was chosen for the award after an exhaustive three part judging process that includes a written application, an interview and classroom observation by a panel of judges.
Weaver was transferred to the fourth grade classroom this year as part of a new school organization that will implement new standards in science curriculum.
To this point, fourth grade students are the first elementary class to get science instruction. But this year, Weaver hopes to use her fourth grade students as visiting instructors to work with kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
She is also the school leader in the new science curriculum. She will make sure that everybody in Hodgenville Elementary knows their role in teaching science. The new science effort will be integrated into instruction beginning in kindergarten.
Weaver was also honored Wednesday for her after school work as Beta Club Sponsor and coach of the school's academic team. A former student says Weaver never gave up on her or any of the team members. They eventually became very successful in regional competitions.
Weaver said she wanted to be a teacher her whole life. She started by teaching her Cabbage Patch dolls in her bedroom and moved on to a real student, her little brother. Now she has one reading class per day....and four science classes.
Traci Weaver is an ExCel teacher and her students say she never gives up on them.