Bellewood teacher 'ExCel's' in helping students in crisis

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by Gary Roedemeier

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 9:27 PM

ANCHORAGE, Ky. (WHAS11) –One of the ExCel Award judges gave 5th grade teacher Beth Guthrie a perfect score for her classroom teaching skills and today Guthrie was the picture of perfection when she received the WHAS-TV ExCel Award.

Guthrie teaches at Bellewood School in cooperation with the State Agency Schools. Her students live on the Bellewood Campus and often come from a troubled background.

But Guthrie says she meets the students where they are, and creates a classroom environment that encourages them to excel.

Patricia Joyce, a former associate principal, nominated Guthrie for the ExCel and says the award winning teacher is caring and creative with her students.

Bellewood principal Michele Eckels says she would like to clone Guthrie and create a hundred teachers just like her.

Under Guthrie's care many of her students achieve the honor roll for the first time in their academic lives. Their teacher is called a counselor, song leader, and friend who creates a sense of camaraderie in the classroom.

As an ExCel Award winner, Guthrie received the symbolic Golden Apple and a $1,000 classroom grant from the sponsor LG and E and KU.

School Superintendent Donna Hargens also presented the superintendent's medallion to Guthrie for her consistent achievement in the Jefferson County School System.

One colleague calls Guthrie, the perfect example of an award winning teacher.
 

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