SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Sixth grade mathematics teacher Michelle Vogel has been named Teacher of the Year and the ExCel Award winner for the Shelby County School District.
Vogel is called a "teacher leader" by her principal Rebecca Martin. Martin says Vogel is "a positive energy in the building" at East Middle School. She volunteers, she loves children and Martin said she couldn't ask for anything more from a teacher.
WHAS11 cameras caught Vogel's classroom in the midst of an exercise called mental math. The students followed Vogel's verbal instructions and solved an ongoing problem in their heads.
Vogel said her interaction with the sixth graders is meant to build a bridge and make them feel safe. She wants them to be able to take risks without fear of criticism.
The newest ExCel Award winner is a soft-spoken teacher, but she also creates a crucible of difficulty for her students. It's not easy in her classroom. It's not meant to be. Vogel said she makes sure her students get challenging problems every day.
Michelle Vogel is a teacher who pushes her students to succeed in the challenging world of math -- a world that is constantly changing.
Driving her students to be their best makes her the ExCel Award winner in Shelby County.
As Teacher of the Year, she also receives a one thousand dollar teacher grant from LG and E--KU.
The last ExCel Award of this academic year will be presented Wednesday May 21 at South Oldham Middle School.
This class of ExCel winners will be honored at the ExCelebration banquet in September.